DIY Wood Storage Crate

Hey there!  I am so excited to share a fun, easy and cheap project with you all!

I love it so much that I want one for every room in my house;)

Here’s how I made it for $17!

~ I purchased 5 – 1×3 furring strips and 1 – 2×2 scrap from the scrap bin at Lowe’s (you only need about a 4″ piece)

~ I cut 8 pieces at 36″ and 8 pieces at 20″.  I then cut 4 pieces of the 2×2 at 9.5″ (Lowe’s will cut your boards for you also).

~ I also bought one 1/4″ sheet of plywood at 36×20″.

I finished my shopping trip with a package of 1/2″ wood screws and 8 metal angles.  The angles are back with the roofing products.  There is a huge shelf of metal pieces (fun:) and these are about $.60 each.

I started by nailing the short furring strips to the 2×2’s (4 on each side).  I used Gorilla Glue wood glue to secure.

 I then added the long furring strips to each end also using nails and Gorilla Glue wood glue and then finished the build by attaching the 1/4″ plywood to the bottom with wood glue and nails.  (I just nailed it into the bottom of the furring strips).

EASY!  Before applying the finish, I beat the crate all over with a hammer, bolts, basically anything I could find to rough it up.  I also used a flathead screwdriver and dragged it across the boards.

I used my favorite Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Stain to finish:)

To achieve the industrial look I was going for, I added 1 angle at the top and bottom of all four edges and secured them with the wood screws.  Easy right:))

This was one of the quickest projects I have done and so cheap:)

If you love it, I would so appreciate pins:)  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!



  1. Kathy Moore on September 28, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hey Ladies! I was wondering is there a cheaper way of building a crate?

  2. Stacey Scherer on June 11, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Hi, I just found your website yesterday. I am making the blanket ladder this weekend and now, I have to make this crate, I just LOVE it. Is there printable instructions for this crate? What about when to attach the bottom? I did not see this, unless I missed it?
    Thanks, Stacey

  3. Celia Chung on January 17, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hi !!
    Love it but, what are the final dimensions 🙂

    Thank you !

  4. Tina Marinella on July 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I absolutely adore your site but is there a way to get these pop ups taken down? Its a pain when you are reading something and a coupon pops up for something lol Thanks

    • Shanty2Chic on July 14, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      What is the ad popping up? We have requested that they be removed so there shouldn’t be any:/

  5. Rebecca Waldron on April 26, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Question: what is the 5th furring strip for? I’m confused. I think this crate is beautiful and would love to make it.

  6. Samantha Vaughn on April 19, 2013 at 2:48 am

    Can’t wait to make this! However, I noticed when you first detailed the materials, you said that you only needed about a 4″ piece of the 2×2, when it should say 4′. I figured it out soon after reading but I know I would’ve gotten to the store and got a 4″ piece without thinking about it haha. Just letting you know so you can fix! 🙂 Thanks for the great project!!

  7. Rob Seddon on March 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

    This crate looks brilliant. I’m excited about making one!

  8. Ashely on June 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I LOVE these & I LOVE your website! You guys are amazing and such an inspiration to me! I love all your DIY stuff! “Pinterest Rant”

  9. Patty S. on May 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I just made this storage crate this weekend – I LOVE it! I did find that the dimensions for the 1/4 plywood on the bottom are too small at 36X20 – mine was too narrow by about 1.5 inches – it needed to be more like 36X21.5. I added some scrap 1X2 along the inside bottom edge so I would have something for the plywood to nail into along the longer edges. Aside from that, it was super easy and SO cute! I also made your magazine tray and “FAMILY” wall sign. I am SO inspired to keep building!

  10. Carissa Danielle on April 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thanks so much, i’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for old crates, but never thought of just DIY… and these are SO PERFECT for what I want to use them for, thank you SO much for this and sharing….
    ~Carissa Danielle

  11. Julie on April 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Thank you! My husband built this as a toy box for my sons room. I had him build a lift off lid for it and added handles to the sides to make it look more like a wooden trunk. It’s perfect!

  12. Laurie-Anne on April 18, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I found this post on pinterest. Absolutely love this piece and your blog! 🙂

  13. Heather on April 17, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I think this would be great in a nursery/playroom…but with some black wheels on the bottom and some sort of handle (like on a radio flyer wagon) to pull it from the playroom to the living room. Then maybe some big hobby lobby letters bolted to the side that says TOYS…..OR with rope handles on each side, then fill it with goodies for gifts…oh the fabulous & endless possibilities!! THANKS!!


  14. Delina on April 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

    This crate is larger in reality than I expected! Also, our Lowe’s doesn’t have a scrap bin, so after buying all the wood and supplies, our total was more than $40. Still, I love it…but don’t know how many more I can make if I don’t find scrap wood somewhere! Thanks for the plans. Gonna do the sanding and staining today!

  15. Susan on March 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Love it! I might have to make one for blanket storage and one for dog toy storage in my living room!

  16. Holly on March 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Love this! And it was so simple to make, my husband and I made it this weekend and it looks great!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  17. Danielle on March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Love these! And love the ideas people are coming up with to add to it – under the bed storage, wheels, lids – fun! Quick question, do you use a nail gun or just a hammer and some muscles? 🙂

    • Ashley on March 9, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Danielle! I just used a battery powered nail gun. It could be done with finishing nails and a hammer pretty easily though:)

  18. Shannon on March 7, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Whoa. Loving those crates!! I’ve been a follower for QUITE a while now and for some reason this is my first comment I believe. But, seriously I love ALL that you girls do! Incredible stuff.

    Hey, I also tagged you in a fun little “get to know me” post on my blog. If you feel like participating, come visit my tiny corner of the blog world…and join the fun!

    • on July 29, 2018 at 11:42 am

      ✨✨✨✨ Mine looks pretty amazing and I’m so excited! I used the plans at www. to build mine – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha ???

      Go to www. – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!


  19. Barbara on March 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Ohmygoodness! I was just telling my friend I want to find some wood crates! Now I know how to MAKE them! Thank you!!

  20. Lex Malla Books on March 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I love it. I need to get me some wood and some tools. This would be nice in my home.

  21. Suzanne on March 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. I think I could actually make one of these! I will be subscribing to your blog . I am inspired every time I visit ! thanks

  22. brookeO on March 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Love this! I have been looking for a second hand wood crate for a long time. I might just have to make my own!

  23. Rita on March 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Love this idea! Will definitely try it when I get my own house. A great pin!

    • Ashley on March 7, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Thanks so much Rita! I appreciate it::)

  24. Sarah on March 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I love the crate… and I also love the fabric of the pillow and the throw! Do you know where they were purchased? I have been searching everywhere for a decorative throw, and that is exactly what I want!

    • Ashley on March 7, 2012 at 11:44 am

      Hi Sarah, the fabric is by Waverly and I purchased it at JoAnn’s. I got the throw for $19 at IKEA:) Thanks so much!!!

  25. claudia on March 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

    at what point did you attach the bottom? And did you glue it or screw it on? I’m going to make one but add a top with hindges and use it for a coffee table! Sounds easy enough. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley on March 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

      Great idea Claudia! I think I was half asleep when I wrote this post last night and I completely left off the instructions for the bottom:) Thanks for catching that…I have updated it:)

  26. Catrin on March 7, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Gorgeous. I love it. I pin it and will try to make some that fit under my bed in the summer. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Greetings from Germany

    • Ashley on March 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Great idea Catrin!!! Thanks so much:)

  27. Jan on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 am

    This will definitely be pinned!! It’s perfect and brings a wonderful rustic look into a room. Great project, great tutorial!!

    • Ashley on March 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Thank you so much Jan!

  28. Sophie on March 7, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Beautiful! LOVE it! I need to go to Lowe’s this weekend. Did you treat the wood with anything after staining? I’m afraid the wood stain will ruin the fabric inside.

    • Ashley on March 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Thanks Sophie! I didn’t treat it with anything but I would suggest giving it plenty of time to dry. I haven’t had a problem with it rubbing off on the fabric:)

  29. Becca on March 7, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Wow! It looks awesome! I already pinned it! Thanks for sharing this great post!!
    xo Becca

    • Ashley on March 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Becca;))

  30. [email protected] on March 6, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Terrific project! Love the addition of the metal brackets.

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks so much Korrie;)

  31. AnnOnandOn on March 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    This is a great project! I “pinned” it. 😀

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you so much:))

  32. Jill Flory on March 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Love this! I’m going to have to find a spot for at least one of these somewhere!

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks Jill:))

  33. Rhia on March 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    This is soooo perfect for the dresser we just finished. It has drawers at the top and an open space at the bottom.
    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing this!

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Fun! Thanks so much Rhia:))

  34. Brooke on March 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    So do these not have a bottom? Just curious. They look great though! Love the idea of using it for blankets at the end of the bed

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Eek, thanks for catching that Brooke! I left that part out LOL! I used 1/4″ plywood:)

  35. Adriana on March 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Adriana:))

  36. Jaime on March 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Ashley, great fast build, you could even add casters on the bottom to make mobile (then your kids will think it’s a wagon – good and bad!). Thanks for the plans.

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Great idea Jaime:) Thanks so much!

  37. Teresa on March 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    So pinned this….. For 2 reasons, one I LOVE it, two….I want to remember to make it lol

    • Ashley on March 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      LOL! Thanks Teresa, I do the same thing:) Pinterest has become my to do list:)

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