DIY Storage Cases

So if you have kids like I do, storage is huge and in our house there is storage bins, baskets, and book cases in every room and they are full!

So I needed more storage for the office for little stuff and papers and really didn’t want to spend a lot of money.   I’m obsessed with the wood crate boxes and racked my brain trying to figure out a way to turn them into more useful storage.

Sooooo here is my take on DIY storage using wood crate boxes.


I went to Joann’s fabric and bought 4 unfinished wood crate boxes (to make 2 storage units)  –  *tip never buy with out a coupon!!!

Next stop was Home Depot (swear I live there!)  and picked up the following:

Other supplies needed:

  • Elmers wood glue
  • Drill
  • Paint

Ok that’s all you need to get started!

1 – Take the 2 crates and glue them together with Elmers wood glue, and let them dry.


2 – Once dry,  screw the flat braces on the backside for added stability.

backside brackets


3 – Turn the unit upside down and screw in the top plates for the legs in each corner.  *Tip the wood crates are made of thin wood, so I swapped out the screws the plates came with and used smaller ones I already had.



4 – Screw your legs in.  *Tip you can sand down the legs or cut them to desired height if you want, that’s what I did, I actually took off 1.5″ in height for the space I was trying to fill.

ready for paint


5 – paint in desired color!


I think these came out great, they are so easy and cute for small storage needs.  Add baskets for even more style.




20 thoughts on “DIY Storage Cases

  1. Melissa says:

    I made nightstands myself similar to these and just an FYI to anyone else looking for these crates, Walmart sells them for 16-18 a piece but Home Depot carries thee same ones for 7.89 a piece!! Much cheaper and the same exact size and quality.


  2. Ruth smith says:

    I make my own crates. Sometimes my own furring strips. Can make them whatever size I need. About 2.00 to make and very simple


  3. Joy says:

    I would like to try this out but I don’t own a drill. Do I need a drill or can I make the holes using some nails and hamering it in a little to make a hole. I have done this with walls before. Also I think it would look nice with chalk paint but what is the cheapest option?


    • jayfo1 says:

      Hi Joy! sorry for the delay…. when I first started crafting with wood I didn’t have a drill either and I did exactly what you did nail a little hole to get you going and use your screw there after…. chalk paint is my favorite but can be pricey! check out my diy chalk mix that I swear by here - good luck and have fun! send pics when its done 🙂


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