Shanty Storage Crate

Hey guys!!
These are so simple and fun!  I think they would make great blanket storage, magazine storage or in this case, under the bed storage.
I found something similar at Joann’s unfinished which was my inspiration.  I then realized that Ana White has a similar plan HERE too.
This is how I did them…
I used 1×10 white pine board from Lowe’s for my base and sides.  You can use 1×12 but I needed mine a bit smaller to fit my cubbies.  I used my miter saw to cut my wood.  Home Depot and Lowe’s will both cut your wood as well if you don’t have a saw.
I used my very favorite wood glue to help assemble my crates.
I put a line of glue down my 18″ board which will be my base.
I then used my brad nailer to attach one of my 10.5″ sides to my base.  You can also use finish nails or a drill and wood screws.
I then did the same thing to the other side of the base which left me with a piece that looked like this.
For my side slats I used 1×4″ furring strips from Lowe’s.  THESE are the furring strips I used.
I love using furring strips because they have a bit of a rounded edge and they seem to have more knots which I feel adds to the shantiness πŸ™‚
I cut 6 pieces that were each 18″ long… or the same width as your base.  To attach my first one I added a bit of glue and used my brad nailer to secure it.  You can use finish nails and a hammer here if you need to.
Then I lined up my top piece and attached it the same way.
I add my middle piece last to make sure the spaces are even.  I attached it using the same steps.

Then, I flipped it over and attached the other 3 slats the exact same way.  How easy it that??

Now I shantied it up a bit.  I didn’t want to cut handles and I thought adding a knob would be a good solution to them.  I drilled a hole in the center of the middle slat.
I decided to stain mine.  I love the look of the rough, dark boards against my cream fancy bed.  It is a perfect combination in my opinion.  I used a dark mahogany stain.
I wanted to add just a bit more to mine so I found these simple frames at the Dollar Tree.
Bleck.  I know… But I saw potential!  I removed the back and the glass and gave her a little makeover.
Let me introduce you to my very favorite new spray paint color….
Aww… It’s perfection!

I gave my little frame two coats and once it was dry, I hot glued it to my crate.

How cute is that??  I kind of love them.  And now I only have 10 more to make for my storage beds! πŸ™‚
For those of you that have emailed me about that off-white paint code, apparently Lowe’s also needs this code here…
This is the base code!  I have also had lots of emails about it so sorry!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!  You can also keep up with Shanty2Chic on our Facebook HERE!!

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  1. [email protected] on January 29, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Oh, Wow! I could not for the life of me think what you were going to do with that frame. I LOVE it!

  2. Kelly on January 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Absolutely adorable, and very professional!


  3. Mel on January 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Love this! Great idea! Put wheels on it and a couple of these are perfect for the closets in my kid's hardwood-floored rooms! Would make pick up and put away a lot easier!

  4. Dana @ Cookin' At Cafe D on January 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Wonderful crates!

  5. suzanne on January 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Very nice! I love how this works as a design element to the bed AND provides functional storage!
    Looking at the final picture, wondering why you don't paint the "attic" door behind the headboard the same color as the wall instead of trim color…..I'm thinking the wall color will make that door "go away" and not compete with the beautiful headboard….(just a thought)

  6. The Autocrat: Haley on January 27, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Great thinking on the knob decor with the frame! Fabulous!

  7. Sarah on January 27, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I haven't built anything with timber myself since leaving highschool woodwork about 20 years ago.

    You may change that in the very near future. I love these crates and you make it look so easy!

  8. B's Mommy on January 27, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Perfect!! You two ROCK!!!

  9. Heidi on January 27, 2011 at 2:55 am

    These look so cute! And I'm loving that headboard still!

  10. Michelle on January 27, 2011 at 1:54 am

    These are great!! A friend and I were walking around at Craft Warehouse and saw some like this, and thought they would be great for paper storage for our scrapbook stuff!

    Now I can make them for MUCH cheaper than they had them!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  11. Vanessa on January 27, 2011 at 12:50 am

    it always makes a great coloring bin!! it has all their coloring books, crayons, spiral notebooks etc in it

  12. Angi on January 27, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Adorable!! Thanks for sharing a great idea!

  13. Heather @ REOlisticRenovation on January 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    This is so cute and I think I might actually be able to do it. πŸ™‚

  14. Hopping Along on January 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Whitney:-) Love these!! Is there a trick to cutting a 10 inch board with a miter saw? I have a 12 inch blade miter saw that I am slowly learning to use… I tried flipping a 12 in board over after I cut it on one side and it was so not straight!! I'd love to make these crates!!

  15. Brandy on January 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I am so glad you posted this!! When you did the bed post the storage crates caught my eye. I am so book marking this so I can steal the idea!!

  16. Karen 2 Joy, Junk and Juxtaposition on January 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Hi, I love your beds! great headboard and lots of storage. Great for all the kids' stuff. As I was looking at the picture though, an idea popped into my head. What if you painted the little door behind the bed to match the wall? Then, the bed would really pop! Please forgive my boldness! Just a thought.

  17. [email protected] Hand Me Down House on January 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This is just awesome! I love the frame idea for the little knob — it is absolutely perfect (as always!!) πŸ™‚

  18. The DG Family on January 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    What a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing and for always inspiring! πŸ™‚

  19. sarab on January 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I love it! This is actually our next project.
    My question is, though… are the boxes heavy? I want it to be easy to pull out, especially when you load it with stuff.
    I love how you have a knob, where as, with a basket, you would not.

  20. jeannare on January 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I absolutely love love love it!!

  21. Creative Escapes on January 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    This is awesome! Love the added element of the frame!

  22. Suzanne on January 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Oh my gosh — that is fabulous. Love the frame on it. It's perfect for the space in the bed!

  23. Decoromana on January 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm


  24. Vicky on January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I am definitely stealing that idea. You are so creative. I have used a lot of your ideas and all of them turn out great!!! You might be my DIY hero!!

  25. Kim on January 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm


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