Clever Uses for Wood Crates

We are drawn to the versatility and rustic appeal of wood crates. As DIY projects, they are simple and satisfying and provide a multitude of organization solutions.

Above: Spotted on Brock Street, this modular shelving system is an affordable storage fix that is easy to replicate.

Above: Another DIY shelving unit incorporating crates; a unique option for a home library.

Above: We like this idea of painting the crates in bright shades for a children’s room.

Above: These Rolling Storage Crates from Serena & Lily serve as a convenient catchall for odds and ends.

Above: Originally seen in the New York Times, this Seattle kitchen incorporates a mix of new elements and reclaimed materials from local salvage yards, including wood crates for storage.

Above: Scour your local flea market, grocery store, or antique mall for wood crates. For an online resource, Three Potato Four offers similar versions of these Red Diamond Explosives crates.

To find more ideas on wood crates and DIY shelving solutions, check out Remodelista’s posts House of Brinson Kitchen in Manhattan, Shelving System from The Brick House, and Steal This Look: Rustic Kitchen.


Mark T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Wood, wonderful wood.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Remodelista, for Sharing this!

Edvanir L.
Edvanir L4 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Kay M.
Kay M4 years ago

nice. much better than the cardboard box idea.

Marie W.
Marie W4 years ago

Wood crates are becoming endangered.

Lin Moy
Lin M5 years ago

I love shelf ideas.

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

Very nice, thanks.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

great tips

Pat W.
Pat W5 years ago

I also hang them on the wall for shelving.
I have some antique wood boxes, like was used for ammunition