How to Make a DIY Crate Bookshelf

  • An assortment of wooden crates are stacked to create a DIY shelving unit.
Small spaces call for clever storage solutions, especially since dorm rooms and apartments are often places where you land for a year or less. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to organize your space quickly, then move on just as quickly when the time comes.

Different Types of Wooden Crate Wall Shelves

The easiest (and most portable) option is simply to buy as assortment of crates and stack them to fit your space. They don’t all have to be the same shape, size, or color. In fact, a little variety can make your finished project more interesting.

There are lots of stores and antique shops that sell crates, usually for about $10, including Home Depot and Walmart. You can paint them white, give them a distressed finish, or shake up your space by painting them a bold color or even stenciling them.

Since you won’t be fastening these in any way, you won’t want to stack the crates very high. (Note that if you have young children, it’s recommended to fasten all shelving and dressers to the wall to prevent accidents.)

If you have some basic carpentry skills and want to build something more permanent, take a look at this shelving unit on casters. Another idea is to configure crates as floating shelves. You can even use crates to organize your mudroom, as a coffee table, or even as a bed frame.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the blog Handimania, which offers 14 different ideas for converting wood crates to furniture.

When You Just Need More Storage

No matter how clever your storage solutions are, sometimes you simply run out of room. If paying more for a larger space isn’t in the cards right now, consider renting a self storage unit. At StorageMart, we offer affordable self storage units that can be rented on a month-by-month basis and are always clean and well lit. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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