Use These Ideas to Turn Crates Into Shelves

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Wooden crates can be for more than just shipping and receiving. They can also be a fun way to decorate your home. If you've got a great crate supplier in your area or if you work in a facility that tends to have a lot of free wooden crates available, you may want to take those crates home and turn them into shelving. Here are some fun and functional ideas to consider.

1. Secure Together Crates for Tall Shelves

If you want to make a tall shelf out of wooden crates, you need to focus on stability. Otherwise, you risk the crates toppling down on top of someone. Use small metal brackets and screws to attach the crates together. Then, when you're ready to put up your newly made shelf, consider anchoring the uppermost crates to the wall for extra stability.

2. Make Standalone Shelves

Tall bookcases aren't the only option. You can also make standalone shelves. This just consists of one or two crates connected to the wall at the point where you need them. You can connect the crates directly to the wall or put in decorative brackets and place the crates on that. This option works well for decorative shelfs or for shelves to hold towels and toiletries in the bathroom.

3. Combine a Shelf and a Bin

To make a small storage area, consider placing a crate on the ground with its opening facing outward. Then, place a similar size crate on top with its opening facing upward. This is ideal for closet storage — you can stack jumpers in the shelf section and place smaller items such as socks in the bin section. It can also work in a child's play area — for example, trucks or books can go on the shelf and blocks in the bin.

4. Add a Top Surface

Alternatively, consider putting together a bunch of shipping crates into a shelf pattern of your choice. Then, add a surface to the top of the crates. For instance, if you want to make a storage spot for your front door, you might add a few decorative, painted boards to the top of the crate to create a fun tabletop effect. Alternatively, if you are using the crates to make a kitchen island, you might add a butcherblock to the tops of the crates.

For more ideas, contact a company that sells crates directly. You may be surprised at all the options and how they lend themselves to different projects. For more information, contact companies like 1/2 Price Pallets.


24 April 2017

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