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Useful Ways to Repurpose a Wooden Crate

I’ve created 5 useful ways to repurpose a wooden crate and ways to decorate with them. Wooden crates can be so handy for storage and even bedside tables!

I see wooden crates everywhere! From small to pallet size, wooden crates are being sold in almost all stores today. Is there a hardware, craft, or discount store you haven’t seen them in? What do you do with these wooden crates? Come see a handful of useful ways to repurpose a wooden crate for wooden crate decor!

wooden crate decor and repurpose a wooden crate

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First off, the crates normally don’t look “finished” when you purchase them. I found these particular wooden crates at Michaels (the craft store) for $10 each. That was a pretty good deal, so I snatched up two of them.

wooden crate

I used Minwax Polyshades in an espresso satin color and covered the wooden crate inside and out.

After the staining process was done and the wooden crates were dry (I put them in my garage for a week to “defumigate” the stain smell) , it was time to repurpose them!

Like I said earlier I’ve seen these wooden crates everywhere.  Every time I see them I have ideas on how I  could use them in my decor. Since I couldn’t decide on just one idea, I figured I could share them here and then decided what I would do with them.

Useful ways to repurpose a wooden crate for wooden crate decor

Use a wooden crate as a bedside table

This is such a simple idea, but so innovative because you can hide cords, tissues or anything behind the crate. For $10, I think that’s a pretty neat idea for a piece of furniture that can act as a table with storage!

wooden crate decor with wooden crate side table

Use a wooden crate as a decorative shelf or storage bin with a table

Ok, I know this is similar to my last idea, but when you turn this thing around it creates a whole different type of table! You can store books and decorative items and really add a little flair to your bedside table. Who doesn’t love a multi purpose piece of furniture…..or wood crate.

wooden crate side table

Stack the wood crates on top of each other to create shelves

The thing I love about these wooden crates is that they are so versatile. You can stack them or use them side by side.

useful ways to repurpose a wooden crate

Use wood crates around the living room to store pillows and blankets

This might seem silly to some people, but wow what a difference these crates made to the look and feel of the space around my television.

wooden crate decor and wooden crate pillow storage
wooden crate decor and wooden crate pillow storage
wooden crate decor and wooden crate pillow storage
useful ways to repurpose a wooden crate

Use wood crates in a mud room to store shoes

I feel like I’ve finally found the ultimate purpose for these wood crates, don’t you think? Not much repurposing but still such a useful way to use these crates. Not to mention the crates really hide the disaster shoe piles that wind up in my mud room. When you have kids, anything to hide piles and messes is a win, right!?

wooden crate shoe storage
wooden crate shoe storage

You can see more of my DIY board and batten here. The new look in the mudroom really gives it that modern farmhouse vibe. I love the way the boards make it look finished.

I’ve had so much fun finding different ways to style and repurpose these crates! What’s your favorite idea on how to use them? After looking over my pictures I think my favorite place to leave them is next to the TV. We always need a place to store more blankets and pillow right?

As always, thanks for following along my repurposing shenanigans.


Kim Skelton

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Love the crate ideas. I have one in my bathroom for toilet paper storage. I love using smaller ones as home decor. I get them in all sizes from local liquor/cigar stores. Usually around a few dollars, depending on the size. Now I have to run to the liquor store for more crates!!!

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Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Awesome! Apparently I need to go check out the local liquor store now!

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Monday 29th of July 2019

Hi Lindsey! I enjoyed your post on the crates. I painted and stenciled mine, stacked them, and use them for book storage. I love the fact that you are budget minded. I think you are sweet, real and creative! Create on, Lindsey!

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Tuesday 30th of July 2019

Thank you Paula! I bet your crates are beautiful! I've never thought about stenciling mine. Good idea!

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Jordan Miner

Wednesday 21st of February 2018

I've been looking for a good wooden crate, and I think that some tips would be good. I'm glad you talked about how you can use wood crates to store shoes in a unique way. I'm going to have to look for a few good wooden crates and see what we can find!

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Thursday 22nd of February 2018

I'm so glad you found my post useful!