Made a Storage/Shelf With Plastic Crates for Daughters Room for $16


I found these small plastic crates at the store Five Below for just $2 a piece.
They connect together with a small peg and hole and a snap on the sides.
To hang, I simply drilled a hole in the bottom of each crate, used an anchor and screw to attach to the wall and Viola! I would also recommend using a large flat metal washer behind the screw, since the plastic can crack, it will also add stability.
The hardest part was getting the stickers off the back. ;)
***For those that have expressed concern about the height of the crates, my house is a ranch and the upstairs ceilings are low. Two walls are slanted, so wall space is limited, I had to be creative. My daughter is almost 8 and is tall, so with the help of a small step stool, she can reach her toys. If your child is smaller, I would recommend hanging these crates lower.
Finished shelf
individual crate
Connected crates
hole drilled in bottom
added large metal washer for stability.
Finished shelf
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7 questions
  • Stephanie
    on Apr 9, 2016

    How did you connect the crates before screwing them into the wall?

    • Rosie
      on Apr 13, 2016

      In the description, they mention that this crate design is one that simply snaps together. . . . It says: "They connect together with a small peg and hole and a snap on the sides." :D

    • Ashley
      on Sep 5, 2016

      I imagine that even if you have crates that don't connext like that, you could use zip ties at the back so they aren't noticeable

    • Lynn Kelly
      on Dec 14, 2016

      Be cool if they were attached to the wall in a staggered pattern and not even having to connect them

  • Samantha
    on Apr 14, 2016

    Where can one buy these crates?

    • Elena
      on Apr 14, 2016

      In the description, she says at "Five Below" (sheesh, people! Don'tcha read?).

    • Mary Faupel Lauer
      on Apr 17, 2016

      never heard of 5 Below before

    • Lindsay
      on Apr 30, 2016

      live in Canada what is 5 Below?

    • Michelle R Stultz
      on Jul 15, 2016

      It's a store where everything is $5 or below. Love it cause they have a great variety of things

    • Bgray
      on Oct 4, 2016

      My local Walmart currently has these crates on clearance for 50 cents each, just FYI...

    • Christine Bonsi
      on Dec 12, 2016

      Sometimes you can get them at dollar stores.

  • Lynn M. Harmon-Bennett
    on Dec 8, 2016

    How can she reach what she wants

    • Jessica Lynn Block
      on Feb 25, 2017

      You can put it wherever on the wall

    • ViKiP77
      on Mar 27, 2018

      She explained this in the article.

    • Maryann Trinkle
      on May 6, 2018

      Nice way to display her Snoopy collection! I am in my 60's and have been collecting Snoopy/Peanuts items since I was 5! Such a cute way to display!

    • Flipturn
      on Apr 21, 2020

      How fun, and, they're the only kind of Peanuts that have 0 calories!

  • Becki Jerry Matyas Rongstad
    on Aug 27, 2017

    How did you connect the bins to each other?

  • Tori
    on Sep 27, 2017

    How did you get them level?
  • Crystal Thursby
    on Aug 21, 2018

    What is the size of each crate? Also, where did you find them that fit so well by snapping together? Oh my. I'm having a difficult time finding any around for $2. This is absolutely perfect I'm thinking 3 baskets above and 3 baskets down one side and 3 baskets down another and place a mirror in the middle? For an 8 year old, may have to do 4 to get the heighth necessary, I'll wait to hear the size of the baskets, great great idea!! Thanks so much.

  • Alyssa Giles
    on Jul 5, 2019

    What sort of screws did you use to drill this into the wall with? Thank you in advance!

    • Diane S
      on Jul 6, 2019

      Drywall anchor screws and I added a washer for support.

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