Being a homeowner has plenty of perks that not a lot of people realize. For one, your home is a canvass where you can unload all your creative ideas. You just need the right inspiration, materials, and some spare time.
In the DIY home projects scene, wooden crates and pallets are two of the most popular materials. Not only are they flexible, they are also very easy to work with. There’s also a good chance you have a few of them lying around and gathering dust somewhere.
Without further ado, below are 9 DIY project ideas for your wooden crates and pallets:
Let’s start with the easiest: a basic shelf made out of stacked wooden crates. There are very little technical skills needed to complete this project. All you need are at least two, clean creates and stack them over each other with the open sides facing a single direction.
The arrangement of the crates is entirely up to you. You can apply wood glue if you’re happy with your arrangement, but that means sacrificing flexibility in case you want to relocate or add more crates to your shelf.
This DIY shelf is a bit more advanced than the first one. Rather than simply stacking crates on top of each other, you instead use drill bits and screws to attach them on empty walls.
There are several things you can place on these shelves – from trophies to gold fish bowls. Make sure you know what you’re putting in them to determine if they should go lengthwise or widthwise.
As the name suggests, this next DIY project involves a crate and a set of casters. You can install the casters beneath the crate or on one of its longer sides – depending on what you intend to use it with.
For a more rustic look, use the crates as they are or apply some varnish after cleaning. Otherwise, you can paint the crates to match the color scheme of the room. Both are applicable for the rest of the DIY projects mentioned in this list.
If you have at least four wooden crates of the same type and size, then you ought to try turning them into a coffee table.
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For more height, you can simply attach blocks of wood at the base using nails. Make sure the crates face outward so you can utilize them for extra storage.
The size and shape of certain wooden crates make them perfect as footstools. Picking the right crate and adding the optional casters are quite straightforward, but crafting the cushion or lid can be a little tricky. This requires plywood, a foam pad, your choice of fabric, and a staple gun.
Measurement is the key to nailing this DIY project. Don’t rush and make sure the top is the exact same size as the bottom surface of the crate.
While most of the DIY projects involve adding something to crates, the next one works by removing the side panels near the opening.
That’s all there is to it – just remember to use a tall crate. Alternatively, try removing the second layer of panels from the longer surface to provide more room under the tray.
A wooden pallet, just like wooden crates, make excellent shelves. You just need the right kind of pallet, a saw, hammer, and a pair of steady hands.
There are several variations of shelves made out of pallets. The one from Me and Madeline’s blog, however, is one of the niftiest. One pallet makes four shelves, so you can choose to hang them side by side or in rows.
The next project is a bit more time-consuming, but it’s actually easier than it looks. For this, you’ll need 4 pallets, some nails, a hammer, and a power saw for precision.
Snap That Image’s version uses a custom-cut glass table top for a classier look. But applying varnish should suffice.
This is another DIY project that seems difficult, but actually requires very little technical knowledge. It does, however, come with different variations and a somewhat long list of materials. Here are some ideas from Instructables.com.