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Crate Storage Coffee Table

  • December 26, 2014
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Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt
Her Tool Belt

Our family spends most of our time in the family room. We have young kids, so keeping this main area of our house organized is a challenge. This easy to build and unique Crate Storage Coffee Table and stools are perfect pieces to get organized. The crates easily pull out to organize kid activity supplies, blankets, magazines, etc. The stools offer extra seating and portable storage space.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Her Tool Belt's blueprints for this How-To! Cut the face frame pieces. Download our cut list here. On the backside of each of the 8 - 18 ¼” face frame H pieces, drill 2 pocket holes on each end. On 4 of the boards drill a vertical pocket hole to attach the top later. On each of the 6 – 14 ¼” face frame V pieces measure and mark 11 ¼” from the top. Make 2 face frames, 2 - 18 ¼” pieces at the top and 2 at 11 ¼”. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to join the wood together.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut the side panels and side accent pieces. Use wood glue and 5/8” brad nails, add the side accent pieces around the side panels.

    3. Step: 3

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      Drill 3 pocket holes on the backside of each side panel end. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to attach one side of the panel to the face frame. Make the tops flush and the front of the side panel flush with the end of the face frame. Repeat for the other side panel.

    4. Step: 4

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      Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in the ends of each 2x4 bottom support. Drill a couple pocket holes facing the sides on 2 of the bottom supports. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to attach bottom supports to the face frame and side panels. Center the middle support with the face frame center vertical piece. Make the 2x4 flush with the face frame opening so the crates will slide smoothly.

    5. Step: 5

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      Attach the other face frame to the side panels and bottom supports with wood glue and 1 ¼” screws.

    6. Step: 6

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      Optional – I decided to add swivel casters to my table so I could easily move it while vacuuming, etc. The casters are not necessary, but will be mostly hidden by the molding. Attach swivel casters to the bottom support. Rotate caster around and make sure there is plenty of room for the molding later.

    7. Step: 7

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      On the inside of the table, measure and mark on the supports from the inside face frame 11 ¾”. Dryfit center divider and trim as necessary. Add 3 or so pocket holes in the center divider to attach it to the bottom supports. Use 1 ¼” screws to attach the center divider to the supports. The center divider is the backstop for the crates.

    8. Step: 8

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      Attach 2 -2” drawer guides with wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails, these should be flush with the center face frame piece and 19 ½” from the side panels. Attach 4 - 1 ¼” drawer guides with wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails flush with the side openings of the face frame. The drawer guides help the crate slide in straight.

    9. Step: 9

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      From the bottom of the face frame opening, measure and mark 1” in a few places. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails to attach the 42 ½” molding pieces to the front and back of the table. The molding edges should be flush with the sides, trim as necessary. Attach the 27 ¼” molding pieces flush with the other molding pieces.

    10. Step: 10

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      Dry fit the large crates and make sure they fit nicely through the face frame and on the bottom supports. Make any adjustments as necessary. (Note: I haven’t installed the molding yet in this picture) Sand, sand, sand finishing with 120-150 grit. Paint or stain the table as desired. I primed the table and crates and painted them with white latex paint.

    11. Step: 11

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      Cut the top pieces, 4 @ 30 ¾” and 2 @ 28”. When using 2 x 8 for tops, I like to trim down the sides with a table saw to get a straight edge. The widths of the 2x8’s are trimmed down to 7” wide.

    12. Step: 12

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      Drill pocket holes for 1 ½” material in the top boards, about 5 holes along each joint, 1 on each end. Use wood glue and 2 ½” screws to join the top pieces together. Sand, sand, sand finishing with 120-150 grit. Paint or stain the top as desired. I used wood conditioner then applied 2 coats of Varathane Carrington stain and finished with Varathane satin polyurethane.

    13. Step: 13

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      Once all of the pieces dried I attached the table to the top with 1 ¼” screws. To help with the sliding motion and save the paint surfaces, I stapled plastic hanger strap on the bottom supports (optional). Cut the plastic hanger strap flush with the front and if needed hammer down the staples.

    14. Step: 14

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      I added a cup cabinet pull to each crate and decorated the crates by hammering upholstery nails into each slat.

    15. Step: 15

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      Crate Stools Crate Stools: Paint or stain the crates as you like. Cut the top according to the cut list, paint or stain if desired. Cut 2” foam to the same size as the top. Cut batting about 6” longer and wider than the top dimensions. Line up the 2 hinges with a short edge of the top, predrill holes for the hinge screws.

    16. Step: 16

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      Wrap the batting around the foam and top, tack into place with staples. Trim the batting and the corners, so it’s not too bulky.

    17. Step: 17

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      Wrap cloth material around the foam and top, fold a small hem on the material and staple into place. Fold the corners and tightly finish stapling.

    18. Step: 18

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      Locate predrilled holes and attach 2 hinges to stool tops. Place the top on the crate and mark and predrill the holes for the hinges to attach to the crate. Attach the hinges to the crate. Optional – attach 4 swivel casters to the bottom corners of the crate.

Comments (10)


  • Tried to download the blueprints and they could not be found I would like to do this project that I want the blue friends and the how to's and everything else is there anywhere I can find them
    By harryhatt1951, on January 2, 2015

  • Tried to download the blueprints and they could not be found I would like to do this project that I want the blue friends and the how to's and everything else is there anywhere I can find them
    By harryhatt1951, on January 2, 2015

  • So sorry about the blueprint link not working right now. It's been reported. Please email bloggerrelations@ttigroupna.com in the meantime, and I will gladly email you the blueprints. Thank you
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on January 2, 2015

  • I love this! Where did you get the crates from?
    By farjojo, on January 6, 2015

  • Amazing! What a great way to keep organized in a family space with small children. Mine would crush those cute little stools... :) Love the combo of white paint and stained top.
    By kimmatReinvented, on January 8, 2015

  • This is a really awesome looking project! Could you share some more details about the crates though?
    By aggressorblue, on January 16, 2015

  • Hello! The crates are Large Wooden Crates 18" x 12.5" x 9.5" (Home Depot sku #203153338)
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on January 17, 2015

  • This is one beautiful table, do you think it could be modified to to be smaller for my home :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on January 31, 2015

  • I love this
    By Lydialugo, on February 7, 2015

  • I would love to make this project but am planning to super downsize in the near future.. This would be perfect for Xtra storage but will only be limited to a max of 300 sf of total living space. How would you propose to cut the width mainly, and depth of drawers.
    By T'sArt, on April 18, 2016

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Crate Storage Coffee Table

by Her Tool Belt
Dec 26, 2014
Medium ed7ceefe ea34 4618 95b6 4fc68e4b79e6

Our family spends most of our time in the family room. We have young kids, so keeping this main area of our house organized is a challenge. This easy to build and unique Crate Storage Coffee Table and stools are perfect pieces to get organized. The crates easily pull out to organize kid activity supplies, blankets, magazines, etc. The stools offer extra seating and portable storage space.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge b4eec5c3 bc8e 448a 85be c1ef9137f9dd

    **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Her Tool Belt's blueprints for this How-To! Cut the face frame pieces. Download our cut list here. On the backside of each of the 8 - 18 ¼” face frame H pieces, drill 2 pocket holes on each end. On 4 of the boards drill a vertical pocket hole to attach the top later. On each of the 6 – 14 ¼” face frame V pieces measure and mark 11 ¼” from the top. Make 2 face frames, 2 - 18 ¼” pieces at the top and 2 at 11 ¼”. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to join the wood together.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 95a86454 32fb 4646 8c1c f0148d76c6c1

    Cut the side panels and side accent pieces. Use wood glue and 5/8” brad nails, add the side accent pieces around the side panels.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 448043c2 d2ca 417d 8faf bc6d3908f14e

    Drill 3 pocket holes on the backside of each side panel end. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to attach one side of the panel to the face frame. Make the tops flush and the front of the side panel flush with the end of the face frame. Repeat for the other side panel.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 923963da e175 4fc3 9405 f0e49e906e44

    Drill pocket holes for ¾” material in the ends of each 2x4 bottom support. Drill a couple pocket holes facing the sides on 2 of the bottom supports. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” screws to attach bottom supports to the face frame and side panels. Center the middle support with the face frame center vertical piece. Make the 2x4 flush with the face frame opening so the crates will slide smoothly.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge fb9019bb 7c04 432f 9107 78227999ddef

    Attach the other face frame to the side panels and bottom supports with wood glue and 1 ¼” screws.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 711c8e70 4e63 4cf3 9ef2 7780cf557b33

    Optional – I decided to add swivel casters to my table so I could easily move it while vacuuming, etc. The casters are not necessary, but will be mostly hidden by the molding. Attach swivel casters to the bottom support. Rotate caster around and make sure there is plenty of room for the molding later.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 24d98250 2468 4858 8045 a7294b05cb64

    On the inside of the table, measure and mark on the supports from the inside face frame 11 ¾”. Dryfit center divider and trim as necessary. Add 3 or so pocket holes in the center divider to attach it to the bottom supports. Use 1 ¼” screws to attach the center divider to the supports. The center divider is the backstop for the crates.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 8e5a4ec3 61ac 4780 82ef 6025778fc157

    Attach 2 -2” drawer guides with wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails, these should be flush with the center face frame piece and 19 ½” from the side panels. Attach 4 - 1 ¼” drawer guides with wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails flush with the side openings of the face frame. The drawer guides help the crate slide in straight.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 0ce6102f a7d1 4d48 a472 56f62bc93172

    From the bottom of the face frame opening, measure and mark 1” in a few places. Use wood glue and 1 ¼” brad nails to attach the 42 ½” molding pieces to the front and back of the table. The molding edges should be flush with the sides, trim as necessary. Attach the 27 ¼” molding pieces flush with the other molding pieces.

  10. Step: 10
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    Dry fit the large crates and make sure they fit nicely through the face frame and on the bottom supports. Make any adjustments as necessary. (Note: I haven’t installed the molding yet in this picture) Sand, sand, sand finishing with 120-150 grit. Paint or stain the table as desired. I primed the table and crates and painted them with white latex paint.

  11. Step: 11
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    Cut the top pieces, 4 @ 30 ¾” and 2 @ 28”. When using 2 x 8 for tops, I like to trim down the sides with a table saw to get a straight edge. The widths of the 2x8’s are trimmed down to 7” wide.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 0d3ba0a4 8d38 47db 8121 24d43c612f44

    Drill pocket holes for 1 ½” material in the top boards, about 5 holes along each joint, 1 on each end. Use wood glue and 2 ½” screws to join the top pieces together. Sand, sand, sand finishing with 120-150 grit. Paint or stain the top as desired. I used wood conditioner then applied 2 coats of Varathane Carrington stain and finished with Varathane satin polyurethane.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge 7874ea1b 7309 4a67 9a74 ce07d506fa6e

    Once all of the pieces dried I attached the table to the top with 1 ¼” screws. To help with the sliding motion and save the paint surfaces, I stapled plastic hanger strap on the bottom supports (optional). Cut the plastic hanger strap flush with the front and if needed hammer down the staples.

  14. Step: 14
    Huge f295b940 1837 4b24 945f b87f14ed0267

    I added a cup cabinet pull to each crate and decorated the crates by hammering upholstery nails into each slat.

  15. Step: 15
    Huge 7f0fa37b aa48 4599 b68f ec35e3860a0b

    Crate Stools Crate Stools: Paint or stain the crates as you like. Cut the top according to the cut list, paint or stain if desired. Cut 2” foam to the same size as the top. Cut batting about 6” longer and wider than the top dimensions. Line up the 2 hinges with a short edge of the top, predrill holes for the hinge screws.

  16. Step: 16
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    Wrap the batting around the foam and top, tack into place with staples. Trim the batting and the corners, so it’s not too bulky.

  17. Step: 17
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    Wrap cloth material around the foam and top, fold a small hem on the material and staple into place. Fold the corners and tightly finish stapling.

  18. Step: 18
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    Locate predrilled holes and attach 2 hinges to stool tops. Place the top on the crate and mark and predrill the holes for the hinges to attach to the crate. Attach the hinges to the crate. Optional – attach 4 swivel casters to the bottom corners of the crate.