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

  2. 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!

  3. 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)

  4. 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!

  5. 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!!