Material Of The Week: Milk Crates

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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.

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.
DIY Crate Stools For Storage
You’ll love these storage crates that double as stools, created by Hometalker Melissa Woods.
1. First, clean your crates, then spray paint them in fun colors of your choice!
2. Next, you’ll want to cut both squares of foam and plywood to fit on the top of the 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!
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”.
5. Pull up a seat and enjoy these awesome storage stools!
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.
1. Start by drilling holes in two crates to connect them.
2. Use a zip tie to connect the 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.
4. Use the following guide to use to know where to drill and where to tie.
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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  • Cindy Hargan Cindy Hargan on Jan 10, 2018

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

  • Bill Bill on Jul 11, 2018

    what material is made of milk crate

  • Judi Pulli Sturgeon Judi Pulli Sturgeon on Jan 19, 2019

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

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  • Charlene Aslam Charlene Aslam on Jan 19, 2019

    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.

    • Aud78139762 Aud78139762 on Feb 12, 2023

      Wow and does it hold the weight of us humans and fur babies?

      Also do you use a box spring with them or no?

      Thanks super interested of how this looks and if you face any of them out for doubling as storage.

  • Charlene Aslam Charlene Aslam on Feb 12, 2023

    One thing I need to clarify, the crates we use are the real deal. Not ones we purchased from the local Walmart. We use nothing but the crates and our mattress. We have ran a good strong rope through the crates holding them in place.