Toy Storage Crates

My kids closets are awful….like embarrassing.  It’s my fault because I have never given them anything to keep them clean and organized.  They have turned into collect-alls.

So there it is….nice huh!

 I spent 2 hours picking up before I started on the organization…ugh!  I saw rolling crates at IKEA that were perfect but pretty pricey.  I was pretty sure I could make them for almost nothing… work I went!

I started with MDF scraps that I had lying around the garage (probably from previous mess-ups;)

I cut 1×4’s for the front and back of the crates (I measured his closet and cut the wood to fit two crates).

To build, I just predrilled the bottom (MDF) to the sides (MDF) and secured with Gorilla Glue wood glue and wood screws.

Next, I just placed 4 1×4’s on each side to form the front and back of the crates.  I used Gorilla Glue wood glue and my battery nailer.

I wanted the crate to roll so the boys can get them out of the closet easy so I bought these casters from Wal-Mart and screwed them to the bottom corners of the crate.

Had it been up to me I would have chosen a fun way to finish these but….my son wanted his favorite color so blue spray paint it was;)

It needed a pull so I used this nifty drill bit to drill two holes in the center.

I used 4ply jute for the pulls and secured them with knots on the inside of the crate.

I was lazy and didn’t paint the inside because it will be full of toys and inside the closet;)

It’s a hit with Miss Tenley….let’s just hope it is a good start to organization!!!!! 

Well, I’m off to dig through scraps and build more crates!  I’ll be back later to share the cushions I found for my chairs🙂  Have a great Friday!!!!


  • nik

    I think this would be a great idea for a laundry bin too. Hidden under their worktable…maybe the clothing would finally stay off the floor!
    I found you through TCB…cheers!

  • Looks lovely, you did a great job. Love the pic with Ms. Tenley.

  • And here I was thinking I was the only one whose kids closets looked like that! What a really cute idea. Love it!


  • Miss Tenley is adorable! Great toy storage idea.
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you’ll come see the safari nursery.


  • Kimberly

    Cute that littel girl BE any cuter?!? Love those cheeks 🙂 Oh, and the crate is nice too!

  • Great idea. I could use a dozen of these around my house and garage! I am featuring this at tonight.

  • I love that its on casters and the blue is great. Well done.

    • Ashley

      Thank you so much:)

  • I use similar rolling carts and bins for my daughter’s toys and book. They look a lot nicer when they’re floating around my living room too!

    • Ashley

      I had that in mind when I made these;) Hopefully they will be tolerable!!!

  • Debbi Tovsrud

    I’m a newbie to your site. Loved this idea! I think I need to make one(or a few) to fit my shoes which could slide under my bed. Thanks for the great idea! :o)

    • Ashley

      Great idea Debbi!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • That crate turned out great! Such a good idea adding the wheels. I love seeing all your projects you’re constantly working on!

  • Wow looks great!! I’m putting that on my to do list! I don’t have any kids but I know I could put it to good use. Your baby is adorable 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thank you so much Pamela! I kind of want some for my own closet now;)

  • Love this idea.

    • Ashley

      Thanks Comeca:)

  • Love the baby in the box! Those handles should be great for giving her a ride 😉

    • Ashley

      LOL! Thank you Korrie:)

  • The toy crates look great! But I get tired just seeing all you build….with a baby… are amazing!

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much! Nap time is the best time for building:))