Do you know that there’s more to wooden crates than containing items in transit? The design and structure of these sturdy items make them ideal for various uses. They also add a certain casual flair to many domestic settings.
Do you know that it takes wood up to 13 years to decompose in a landfill? So, let’s repurpose wooden crates by using them in exciting new DIY storage solutions.
Wooden crates aren’t the only industrial item you can and should repurpose, though. So, before you toss wooden crates into the rubbish, consider these clever and creative DIY storage tips.
1. Bookshelf Made From Wooden Crates
Making a bookshelf from wooden crates is a relatively common project, especially for booklovers on tight budgets. And leaving them as is makes sense if they have distinctive labelling or other unique features.
But there are volumes of other ways to turn old wooden crates into bookshelves. Such a project will highlight any space and draw attention to books and keepsakes, artwork, toys, and other cherished items.
Try this project with plastic crates too. We prefer the wooden ones, but plastic needs repurposing every bit as much.
2. Use Worn-Out Socks to Store Holiday Ornaments
Socks make good holiday storage ideas. Can you imagine anything more fragile than a blown-glass Christmas tree ornament? And what about those tree lights that always tangle?
When you wrap ornaments in socks, it protects them while stored in boxes.
If you cut the ends off old socks, you can quadruple small sections of light strings and wrap a toeless sock around them. Then repeat with other sock bundles to protect the entire string — making them less likely to tangle.
3. Refurbishing an Old Step Ladder for Potted Plants
Do you have an old wooden step ladder taking up space — one that is no longer safe to stand on? Why not use it to hold your smaller houseplants?
This makes a great conversation piece and is one of several good storage ideas for plant collectors.
4. Glass Jars for Cooking Spoons, Whisks and Spatulas
Consider decorating your new cooking utensil jars by etching them or wrapping and gluing on twine or yarn. Putting washed pebbles or marbles at the bottom is also decorative and will help prevent tipping.
5. A Unique Coffee Table from Wooden Crates
Speaking of good storage ideas: here’s a DIY storage project that will cost very little yet become the centrepiece of your living room or den.
As you can see, it has unique storage spaces underneath and a houseplant in the middle if you so desire.
Wondering how to save space without spending much money? We’ve just given you five inexpensive storage ideas made with only wooden crates and some tools and supplies, depending on the specific project.