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Crate Storage Unit

  • December 27, 2014
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With 3 kids who all love to draw we were running out of places to put their paper and craft supplies. I built this DIY Crate Storage Unit to keep all those little odds and ends in one place. With 8 crates that act as drawers and a space at the top for all their paper, this storage unit is going to help you get organized and keep everything out of sight in style!!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut and Sand wood according to the cut list.

    2. Step: 2

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      Attach the vertical dividers (1x12 @ 6 3/4") to the center of the shelves (1x12 @ 22 1/2") using wood glue and nails. Repeat for a total of 4 shelves and dividers.

    3. Step: 3

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      Attach bottom shelf to your two side panels (1x12 @ 36 1/4") with pocket screws (or wood glue and nails).

    4. Step: 4

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      Attach remaining 3 shelves to the top of each divider securing with wood glue and nails from the top and sides.

    5. Step: 5

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      Securing remaining shelf to the top of the divider and secure with wood glue and nails as you did on the other shelves.

    6. Step: 6

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      Attach trim (1x2's) to the front of the storage unit with wood glue and nails.

    7. Step: 7

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      Assemble top of storage unit with 1x4's using pocket holes. Attach front trim piece to bottom making sure to line it up to fit, and secure with wood glue and nails.

    8. Step: 8

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      Attach your 2x3' hardboard to back of storage unit using staples. Optional: Paint hardboard with chalkboard paint to use as chalkboard when spun around.

    9. Step: 9

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      Optional: Attach Casters to bottom in order to utilize the chalkboard.

    10. Step: 10

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      Fill any holes from nails with wood filler, sand, stain, and apply poly acrylic. Paint crates and attach hardware.

Comments (7)


  • Were do you find the crates
    By openroad, on January 2, 2015

  • The Crates are available at Home Depot : )
    By CherishedBliss, on January 5, 2015


  • Functional AND beautiful! I love it. Love the contrast between the white painted "drawers" and the stained wood surround, one of my favorite combos!
    By kimmatReinvented, on January 8, 2015


  • I had trouble attaching the loose side of the shelf dividers in step 4.
    By lgeissler, on January 31, 2015

  • sweet idea i need a couple of these granny katz
    By granny katz, on February 1, 2015

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Crate Storage Unit

by CherishedBliss
Dec 27, 2014
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With 3 kids who all love to draw we were running out of places to put their paper and craft supplies. I built this DIY Crate Storage Unit to keep all those little odds and ends in one place. With 8 crates that act as drawers and a space at the top for all their paper, this storage unit is going to help you get organized and keep everything out of sight in style!!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 4d0e7a55 f52a 49b0 9a14 381fd2169248

    Cut and Sand wood according to the cut list.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge fc525c20 ece8 4fdb bda1 958be5284ddb

    Attach the vertical dividers (1x12 @ 6 3/4") to the center of the shelves (1x12 @ 22 1/2") using wood glue and nails. Repeat for a total of 4 shelves and dividers.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 5b4fe44c 2830 4249 894c be56d79e7906

    Attach bottom shelf to your two side panels (1x12 @ 36 1/4") with pocket screws (or wood glue and nails).

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 5ff108fe 1aae 4abf a8d5 34b4fdb14e81

    Attach remaining 3 shelves to the top of each divider securing with wood glue and nails from the top and sides.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 85be4f35 7c65 4060 97a9 5307587e7a7b

    Securing remaining shelf to the top of the divider and secure with wood glue and nails as you did on the other shelves.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 5700ac65 c078 43ac b915 e412757f5278

    Attach trim (1x2's) to the front of the storage unit with wood glue and nails.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 6d45b439 35fd 4caa bfae 13ad71657eec

    Assemble top of storage unit with 1x4's using pocket holes. Attach front trim piece to bottom making sure to line it up to fit, and secure with wood glue and nails.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge c69e7d06 3e26 4ced a1e1 2bf6fbfa45f2

    Attach your 2x3' hardboard to back of storage unit using staples. Optional: Paint hardboard with chalkboard paint to use as chalkboard when spun around.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 9430a9e1 aea7 4d31 80be 928af77a7d52

    Optional: Attach Casters to bottom in order to utilize the chalkboard.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 67091a42 8dd1 439e a902 7acd389620a3

    Fill any holes from nails with wood filler, sand, stain, and apply poly acrylic. Paint crates and attach hardware.