Material Of The Week: Milk Crates

5 Materials
30 Minutes

We’ve ushered the new year in with lots of resolutions, and we’re sure you’ll agree that purging and organizing is on the top of the list! That’s why this week’s material of the week are milk crates.

material of the week milk crates
If you can find these at a local grocery, they are great for repurposing when it comes to organizing and storage solutions. You can also get them here.
material of the week milk crates
DIY Crate Stools For Storage
You’ll love these storage crates that double as stools, created by Hometalker Melissa Woods.
material of the week milk crates
1. First, clean your crates, then spray paint them in fun colors of your choice!
material of the week milk crates
2. Next, you’ll want to cut both squares of foam and plywood to fit on the top of the crates.
material of the week milk crates
3. Cover the foam and plywood with material and use a staple gun to staple to the board. Melissa used old t-shirts which did the trick!
material of the week milk crates
4. To finish, Melissa added thin wood boards to the bottom that will rest inside the milk crate, forming a lid for the crate from the “seat” of the stool. This gives the stool extra extra support to function as a stool. Use a brad nailer to secure the wood strips to the “seat”.
material of the week milk crates
5. Pull up a seat and enjoy these awesome storage stools!
material of the week milk crates
Shoe Storage Milk Crates
This shoe storage idea using milk crates is so easy, and looks’ll love it!
Grab your crates, a drill and zip ties and you’ll have an awesome shoe storage solution in no time.
material of the week milk crates
1. Start by drilling holes in two crates to connect them.
material of the week milk crates
2. Use a zip tie to connect the crates.
material of the week milk crates
3. Stack your crates, then ziptie them together. You can use as many as you want. Here, Hometalker Laci Jane used four to accommodate her small foyer.
material of the week milk crates
4. Use the following guide to use to know where to drill and where to tie.
material of the week milk crates
When you’re done, you can leave as is, or add a piece of scrap wood so it doubles as a small entry table. Laci added cloth bins for a polished touch.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Cindy Hargan
    on Jan 10, 2018

    Why drill holes? Crates have plenty of their own and the ties wouldn't be visible

    • Lin Collins
      on Jan 11, 2018

      You're correct. If one is concerned about the crates not shifting and remaining adjoined as intended I used bolts with extra wide washers and it worked well. Plus there's no danger of the zip ties breaking.

  • Bill
    on Jul 11, 2018

    what material is made of milk crate

  • Where can I get milk crates for nothing or for cheap?

    • If you are in good w/someone @ your local grocery store ask if they have any extras on hand that they don't need, they may just give them to you.

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  • Joe6181011
    on Sep 27, 2018

    This is one of the best projects I have seen. Simple and very useful. Love the cloth storage cubes!

  • Charlene Aslam
    20 hours ago

    We have had a milk crate bed for years now. It's the perfect height for us along with our 18 inch mattress. Was struggling beforehand to get a good night of sleep. The milk crates were the perfect answer. Just the right amount of give when sleeping on them. We hold ours together with strong ties. 24 8f them fits a queen size perfectly.

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