How to use crates – Inspiration for home organization

I have a stack of TEN wooden crates in my living room right now. Is this a problem? No. Do I know exactly how I want to use them? Not yet! I know, don’t get me wrong… I’m not ungrateful, I just want to make the very best use of them that I can. They are a beautiful, blank canvas –> and I have SO many ideas for how to decorate them/with them.

Here are some great ideas for using crates … everything from bookcases to to shadow boxes and mudroom storage. Pinspiration!

Easy Entry Upgrade with DIY built-in coat hooks and wooden crates via @Jenna_Burger, www.sasinteriors.net

I love how she used a few crates to add storage to a small entry way. Great tutorial, too! Read it right here.

DIY Vintage Crate Boot Rack~Tutorial

Another cute use of crates for a mudroom – although I have to admit that I feel like using pre-made (purchased) crates is cheating. Making them is so much more rewarding. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, you can see how she hooked them together here!ย 

Painted Crates for Shelving

This little beauty is from flikr – I love all the bright colors!! It might be a little too elaborate and busy for our home, but the idea of painting just the inside of the crates for a splash of color is brilliant, and easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

More bookshelves...

And finally, a simple idea for storing extra books. This is what most of my crates will be used for, no doubt. {Library book sale, anyone?} I love the dark stain – it can add age to crates that are really “new.” What could be better?

There are hundreds of other great ideas for crates out there {coffee tables, entertainment centers, toy storage for the kiddos, rolling crates for blankets and living room odds and ends…} ย and I have pinned a LOT of them. Yep, it’s true. If you want to check out my boards, be my guest. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

What would you do with crates in your home??

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

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LOVE door-hanger pattern

LOVE pattern

I created this pattern based on a door hanger that I saw on pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just a standard font, enlarged so that there is only one letter per page. Then I taped them together so that they all end up being one piece when cut out (of plywood, naturally). ย I cut out two of them, and one is already finished! Can’t wait to share the final result with you tomorrow …

~ The Woodworker’s Wife