Easy Crate Bench on Wheels

8 Materials
$30
30 Minutes
Easy

You have probably noticed by now how much I love working with wooden crates. It's amazing how much you can actually do with them. This time, I decided to create a bench on wheels. This has to be one of my favorite crate projects for home decor. It's fully functional and I use it for storage, seating and sometimes I roll it out to use as a coffee table. Stain it, paint it or keep it 'au natural'.

*Project Inspired by Stacy Davis.

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SUPPLIES:


  • Stair Treads x 2
  • Wood Crates x 2
  • Caster Wheels (with brakes) x 4
  • Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Screwdriver
  • Stain or Paint (optional)
  • Sandpaper

Step 1: Attach four caster wheels to the bottom side of your stair tread. One per corner. I used wheels with brakes to ensure I had the option to lock it into place when being used.

Flip your stair tread over (wheel-side down). This is the base of your bench.

Step 2: Apply wood glue to the bottom side of each of your crates. Ensure it is the long side and to put glue on each slat.

Step 3: Place your first crate glue side down onto the stair tread.

Step 4: Place your first crate glue side down onto the stair tread.

Step 5: Apply wood glue to the top side of each crate. Ensure to put it along all of the slats.

Step 6: Place the second stair tread on top of the crates. This will be the top of your bench.

Step 7: Insert screws into all four corners of the top of the bench. This will provide more stability. Be sure to sand down your bench after all of the steps have been completed.

Stain, paint or leave your bench au-natural! I decided to stain my bench with charcoal stain and rough it up a bit for a more rustic look. I love the way it turned out!

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31 questions
  • Kathleen Pierce
    on Apr 13, 2017

    I would like this for our 42 inch tv. That shouldn't be a problem, should it?
    • Jennyprrs
      on Apr 13, 2017

      For height so your TV is at a better viewing height I wonder if instead of laying crates longway you could stand them up and use three across instead of only two but follow all other directions listed if that wouldn't work better for a TV stand
    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Apr 13, 2017

      Hi Kathleen,
      That's a great idea! I agree with Jenny. It is quite low, so staning three crates up tall would be a much better option for TV viewing height. Just make sure you forgo the wheels, or use ones that have a locked wheel option. Happy DIYing!
    • Ann Marie
      on Apr 26, 2017

      I was thinking about this as a TV stand as well. I like the idea of putting the crates on standing on end. And really love the idea of using stair treads -- way less work finishing the edges ! I may give this one a try
    • Cheri Hooper
      on Nov 15, 2017

      And you can put movies in the baskets below! Or video games for kids/grandkids!

  • Loi7974063
    on Apr 16, 2017

    What size board did you use?
  • Jessica Ho
    on Apr 16, 2017

    How is this $25? I purchased everything for $75 and didn't even get wood stain.
    • Melanie Schneider
      on Apr 17, 2017

      Wood crates alone at Walmart at 12$!

    • Jessica Ho
      on Apr 17, 2017

      The two stair treads I bought were $20 total
    • Jessica Ho
      on Apr 17, 2017

      I see you updated the cost by $5. Still not close to what I paid.
    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Apr 17, 2017

      Hi Jessica,
      The crates I purchased with a coupon from Michaels for 50% off. They were 2 for $5. Glue, screws and hardware I had on-hand. I updated the cost because I forgot to add two of the caster wheels. I often shop around online and be sure to look at various stores for sales and discounts. Hopefully that helps! Good luck.
    • Marie
      on Apr 18, 2017

      HOW MUCH WHERE YOUR STAIR TREADS?

    • Stacy Thornton
      on Sep 27, 2017

      It also depends on what country you live in. I am in Canada our nice finished treads like the ones used here are very expensive but the unfinished ones are very cheap. But shop around, use coupons etc. This is a great project and I cannot wait to start mine. Good luck everyone!!
  • Patty
    on Apr 16, 2017

    what is a Stair Treads? What size to get?
    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Apr 17, 2017

      A stair tread is the wood panel they use to make the base of your stairs out of. You can find them in any hardware store. The size I bought had 3 steps.

  • Elizabeth
    on Apr 18, 2017

    Could i double the treads and crates for an additional level? I would like to create a utility cart for my kitchen.
    • Julien K., Hometalk Team
      on Apr 20, 2017

      I'm sure you could! Maybe just add a few wood nails along with the glue to ensure the middle component will be more secure to make up for the added height. :)
    • D
      on Apr 26, 2017

      What about turning the crates up on their short sides for the first and second level. You would have six crates for kitchen storage.
  • Geno N Becky
    on Apr 19, 2017

    What size crates did you use?
  • Deidre Phillips
    on Apr 20, 2017

    Hiw much did you spend on this project?
    • Amy Morgan
      on Apr 21, 2017

      The estimated cost at the top of the post says $30. I don't know how they came up with that. I just priced the stair treads, crates, and wheels at home depot and have a total of $65 before tax.
    • Phyllis Snyder
      on Apr 22, 2017

      Hobby lobby also has the crates and you can use 40% off coupon per one item each visit.
    • Zona Ragan
      on Apr 26, 2017

      A lot of time the creates are on sale at Walmart $ 7.00
    • Tina Saucier Cross
      on Apr 26, 2017

      crates are on sale till 5/7/17 at Menards for 7.99
  • Heidi L
    on Apr 23, 2017

    What size screws are used?
  • Lyndsey Annalise
    on Apr 26, 2017

    What size stair treads are used? My store offers 3 different sizes.


  • Carolyn
    on Apr 26, 2017

    Do you need a drill for the screws on top or is the wood soft enough to just use a screwdriver?
  • Kathy Findlay
    on Apr 26, 2017

    Did you flip it and screw the bottom to the crates like you did the top plank? I think I would for more stability as well...
    • Susan
      on Apr 26, 2017

      she doesn't say - but if you feel better doing it - then DO
  • Donna
    on Apr 26, 2017

    How sturdy is this? I'm wondering about a larger person sitting on the bench or is it mainly for kids?
    • Maria
      on Apr 26, 2017

      I am waiting to hear the answer too!
    • Norma Jean Eichmann
      on Apr 26, 2017

      I also waiting to hear the answer to this. How sturdy is this bench? I have several heavy family members and I want to make sure that they will be able to sit on this with no problem.
    • Delight_tabesh
      on Apr 26, 2017

      If using as a bench I'd put legs on bottom instead of rollers.
    • Angel Woods
      on Apr 26, 2017

      Yes! Thank you for asking I want to know as well. Or if it doesn't hold a lot of weight- what can be added to make it a little sturder
    • JoLeen Bolton
      on Apr 27, 2017

      I wondered that, too, but looking at the structure, with the heavier part of the crates acting as uprights, it seems to me it has a good amount of support. If you look at the construction of a set of stairs, it basically has the same support, maybe more.
    • Edith Siegel
      on Apr 27, 2017

      The bench should be no problem for weight bearing. I would be concerned about the caters under it. You might prefer to use nylon chair floor protectors that would slide if moving it required.
    • Ray11505738
      on Apr 27, 2017

      Since the two crates are spaced apart & evenly placed over the bottom tread it should be able to bear quite a bit of weight.
    • Donna
      on Apr 27, 2017

      I originally posted the question. I have a few of these crates and they usually aren't made of very sturdy wood. I have one that a slat broke on - it had a knot on the slat and it broke fairly easily. I would be afraid to build and have anyone but a child sit on it.
    • Senior Chief
      on Apr 27, 2017

      If you need a sturdier bench, use a sturdier box (one with solid sides) & also better casters. Edith is right about the casters being a weak link. Most casters have a weight range printed on the label. Nice simple quick & cost effective project 👍
    • Jess La Bella
      on Apr 27, 2017

      The weight bearing sides of the crates are not slats. They are solid boards. If u r worried, use studs or 2x4s
    • Magzilla
      on Apr 27, 2017

      I would also use 6 wheels instead of 4 :) keeps the middle supported so it doesn't "sag" under heavier weight.
      I'd like to use this idea in an RV could be extra kids bed (w/locked wheels) & gives extra storage.
    • Annie
      on Apr 28, 2017

      stair treads are pretty sturdy, I would not worry about sagging.
  • Ginny
    on Apr 26, 2017

    What is a "stair tread"? What are the dimensions ~ length, width and depth?
    • Molly Gardner
      on Apr 26, 2017

      I got mine at Home Depot. Be advised that no one knew where they were and they were not listed on their computers by 'stair treads" I found them on the bottom row under the pine boards in lumber section. They had a tag saying 'pine tread'. They are the most beautifully finished boards I have ever seen!! They are 4' long and rounded on the one edge (front side). I made this project for a plant stand and put books and pottery in the crates. I love it and now plan to make super easy shelves for the whole wall.
    • Susan
      on Apr 26, 2017

      you seriously don't know what a stair tread is??
    • Kathy Gydus
      on Apr 26, 2017

      Ginny, a stair tread is the part of the stairs that you step on while going up and down the stairs.
    • Kacey C
      on Apr 26, 2017

      Folks, be nice to each other and don't ridicule and make others feel stupid. Not everyone lives in a house with stairs and/or may not have grown up with them. (slab homes in rural areas, for example)
    • Bel8306999
      on Apr 26, 2017

      Home Depot is a great place to find crafting/building items but don't depend on the employees for help. Hunt them down yourself. I went to buy stair treads (after I got the inspiration from this bench, thank you!) to build a bookshelf. Went to HD, an employee saw us looking around, asked what we wanted. We told him, he looked it up and said they didn't have it. We kept looking and voila, there they were. He came around the corner as we were loading the cart. He looked a little sheepish and said, "guess you educated me". It wasn't easy for me or my daughter to keep from laughing till he was out of earshot.
    • Meg
      on Apr 26, 2017

      I love this idea and will use it in my entranceway. I really need a place to store shoes and sit down to take them on and off.

      I have never had stairs in my home and didn't know what they were either. I really appreciated Molly's entry that said they have one finished edge.
    • Ray11505738
      on Apr 27, 2017

      Our main door opens into our kitchen & I don't really have a place for people to sit to remove their shoes or to store the shoes when not in use. Can't wait to get the supplies & make this bench. Thanks for sharing the idea. And I grew up in a house with stairs and have never heard the word stair tread. Knew what they meant when saw the board.
    • Chr6891814
      on Apr 27, 2017

      Thank you, Kacey, for so gently calling out troll-like comments. We are all ignorant about some subjects, and need as many people as possible to participate in discussions of all kinds, and ask and answer questions.
    • Feekie
      on Apr 28, 2017

      I could sort of "imagine" what a stair tread was by the name, but I didn't know you could buy them. I thought you had to make them yourself. However, I had noticed that HD has what looks like the sides or end pieces for a 2 or 3-step assembly. So, this must be the area where the finished stair treads can be found. I'm anxious to see theur price, because from their description, they sound too expensive for a $30 project, I hope I'm wrong, because i really want to make this storage bench.
    • Mary Hofstra
      on Apr 29, 2017

      Yea, not too nice accusing someone of not knowing what a stair tread is! I would have thought they'd be called a stair "step", but then you'd probably be picturing steps. (More than one!) I knew what they were, I don't know HOW I knew, but let's be kind! Besides, it's fun reading some of the questions people ask😉
  • Robbie Sanders
    on Apr 26, 2017

    How high do u think u might stack alternating crates n treads. I am in need of shelving n how perfect to be able to move the shelving. I need this in my craft room n could assign a project to a set of units n bring to the front each type of project being the current one. I have never been in one of the big box stores that did not handle stair treads or know where they were. Thanks for the great trick.
  • Tif22890602
    on Apr 27, 2017

    there are several crate sizes. Did you use 18x12.5x9.5?
  • Feekie
    on Apr 28, 2017

    Did I read the instructions correctly that you are to glue and then screw the top tread to the crates, but the crates are fastened to the bottom tread by glue only? Shouldn't they be screwed together also?
  • Roolin
    on May 2, 2017

    How long were the stair treads that you used?
    • Lin Collins
      on Oct 6, 2017

      Most treads are standard at your local home fix it store. It really doesn't matter though. This is a perfect idea which anyone can modify to suit their need. Use a longer board with more crates or a shorter one with one crate. Use your imagination and have fun with it. I'm envisioning a taller one as an entertainment center or as a kitchen island. Very cool!
  • Chris Wail Burklow
    on Jul 4, 2017

    What are stair treads?
  • Edie
    on Sep 26, 2017

    I am tall and find normal benches too low. Do u think it would be possible to turn the boxes length wise and add another box thus making the bench higher?
    • Vicki Bellmore
      on Sep 26, 2017

      Yes, but, you may have problems putting baskets in them.
    • Patricia
      on Sep 26, 2017

      Are they study enough to be stacked 2 high? Or you could possibly make a base then set the crates with another base on top to balance out the look. This would add height. I have the same problem with things being too low for my long legs.
    • Dl.5660408
      on Sep 26, 2017

      That's exactly what I did and found baskets that were a perfect width!
    • Kathy Haines Cramer
      on Sep 26, 2017

      Don't use crates as part of the support structure. Use plywood, or other wood shelving cut to the height that you need and use those as 3 -4 supports. Or frame out your own sized boxes with 1 x4's. That would be easy. :)
    • Monique Desrosiers
      on Sep 26, 2017

      You could also increase height by adding wood between the underside of the bottom tread and the casters.
      Using 4x4's for example you could cut 4 blocks to desired height - one per caster.
      Or using 4x4's cut one length to add above right hand side casters and another above left hand side casters. These would run front to back.
      Or run a length under front casters and a length under back casters so they run from one side to the other.
      You could also layer pieces to get to your desired height. Consider 2x4's or a mix of 2x4's and 4x4's for a "custom fit".
    • Susan Bechtel
      on Sep 28, 2017

      Could you use footstool legs instead of wheels?
    • Monique Desrosiers
      on Sep 28, 2017

      That occurred to me too only after I had already posted. And why not!? Could do it with or withput casters. I like the thought if chunky round couch pegs.
      Love this bench btw Julien. Very clever to use treads.


    • Rachael Basye
      on Oct 6, 2017

      I was actually thinking the same thing. We are tall as well. You could probably fit more crates if you did this. The ends of the crates are pretty sturdy.
  • Bklyn Cowgirl
    on Sep 26, 2017

    I love it! I'm wondering if you would be able to do multiple levels, sans wheels, in order to make a book /record case? I'm thinking of three or four shelves using the crates on end for some of the levels.
  • Mickey Hogan Jeneski
    on Sep 26, 2017

    Would love to try, but I'm wondering the dimensions are of the stair treads and crates? They both come in many different sizes.
    • CJ
      on Sep 27, 2017

      Hi Mickey!
      I think if you are finding the treads and crates in different sizes, you just need to decide what size of each works best for you and your space. If you are building it, you can customize it any way you want! Have fun!
  • Her17608594
    on Oct 29, 2017

     Did you painted the woodcrates and the stair thread first before putting together all assembly's?
  • Fer7614254
    on Feb 27, 2018

    Question, when placing the crates, they are centered on the stair tread right?
  • Cdr32802514
    on Mar 2, 2018

    Is there a way to modify it to be very sturdy? I don’t want to worry about my guests exceeding the weight limit.

    • Cdr32802514
      on Mar 2, 2018

      FYI, I know nothing about making furniture

    • Her Te
      on Mar 5, 2018

      I made this. What I did was I glued and screwed the crates onto the stair treads.

  • Jonathan Diamond
    on Mar 9, 2018

    What length for the stair trends ?

    I saw 36 inch and 48 inch

  • Jonathan Diamond
    on Mar 9, 2018

    Going to do it but home depot has 36 inch and 48 inch stair trends what size do you use ? You don't mention that

  • Jonathan Diamond
    on Mar 12, 2018

    Ok stair trends what size do you use ?

    I found 36 inches and 48 inch thinking the 48 inch ones are the right size please let me know as I'm so ready to do this project

  • Jonathan Diamond
    on Mar 12, 2018

    Ok stair trends what size do you use ?

    I found 36 inches and 48 inch thinking the 48 inch ones are the right size please let me know as I'm so ready to do this project

  • Racheal
    on Mar 29, 2018

    What size stair tread are they using in this DIY? there are two sizes...

  • Jackie
    on Nov 14, 2018

    Can you add a padding on top like an ottoman? If so where can I find one?

  • Jen Sicilia
    on Mar 6, 2019

    I will try this! Crates can cheaply be purchased from craft stores that always have 40-50% off coupons. Stair treads aren’t expensive, quick search I found them for $6 each. I don’t see why this would cost $60 make? Could be done for $20-$30. 🤗

    • Jackie
      on Apr 27, 2019

      If you look back at the very top of this posting she has the cost as $30.

    • Em
      on Apr 28, 2019

      Be careful what you buy. Crates are made for storage. Some of the cheaper ones are not made to hold humans.

    • Kathie Elia
      on May 4, 2019

      Casters are the most expensive item on this build.

    • Carrie Ervin Divine
      on May 21, 2019

      I was thinking maybe you could use the plastic kind which would be more sturdy. (and because I already have 2 of those. Lol. )

    • Marie
      on Aug 26, 2020

      I used wooden "feet" rather than the casters...


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