Flea Market Décor

DIY

Ac­com­plish your or­ga­ni­za­tion goals with these sim­ple crate stor­age ideas.

- BY KRISTIN DOWD­ING IL­LUS­TRATED BY LAU­REN REBBECK

NEXT TIME YOU RUN INTO A PILE OF CRATES at an es­tate sale or flea mar­ket, don’t pass them up. You can use crates for stor­age that won’t clash with your vin­tage vibe. Here are some of our fa­vorite ways to up­cy­cle crates to help you achieve your or­ga­ni­za­tion goals.

In­spired by JST De­sign 1. Spice Rack

Tired of never be­ing able to find the right spices dur­ing meal prep? Pur­chase small con­tain­ers that will fit into the com­part­ments of a crate, and la­bel them so they’re easy to spot and within reach any time you need them.

In­spired by Laven­der & Linen 2. Funky Dresser

If you need a unique fur­ni­ture piece to add char­ac­ter to a bed­room, make your own dresser by build­ing a frame around five crates and adding drawer pulls to them. Choose crates with a sim­i­lar theme or col­lect crates with a com­ple­men­tary color scheme.

3. Up­cy­cled Desk

Desks can be ex­pen­sive, and it can be dif­fi­cult to find one with enough stor­age space. If you make two stacks of two crates and se­cure a long piece of wood on top, you’ll cre­ate your own rus­tic-style desk with am­ple cubby space.

4. Art Sup­ply Or­ga­nizer

All you need for this or­ga­nizer is a crate with com­part­ments and four wheels. Af­ter at­tach­ing the wheels, you can fill the crate with art sup­plies, makeup, jew­elry and more! It’s a sim­ple way to keep your ma­te­ri­als on hand where they’re easy to spot.

5. Hid­den Stor­age Seat­ing

For a piece of fur­ni­ture that dou­bles as a hide­away cubby, mea­sure out a thin piece of wood to the size of your cho­sen crate and make a cush­ion for it with fabric and fill­ing. Once the cush­ion por­tion is com­plete, at­tach it to the crate (open side up) with a hinge, so you can open it to store guests’ purses, books or blan­kets. When it’s closed, you’ll have ex­tra seat­ing.

6. Wall Shelves

Mix and match dif­fer­ent sized crates, and se­cure them to the wall for a unique shelf dis­play. This way, you aren’t lim­ited when creat­ing your gallery wall. You can use items that aren’t flat and don’t eas­ily ad­here to a wall.

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