I’ve always wanted to test out the unfinished crates from Home Depot and finally I had the perfect project! I love that the crates are already made, can be painted or stained any color, and fit together to form a storage solution for any space. Here’s what I came up with for John’s new bedroom.
This will likely be the easiest piece of furniture you ever build!
Here’s what you’ll need to make a bookshelf
- 5 large crates – You can use any size wooden crate, I used 18 x 12.5 x 9.5, at Home Depot they are called large crates. Also, you can buy very similar wooden crates on Amazon, but typically they are a tad more expensive.
- Stain or paint of your choice- I used Rust-Oluem Ultimate Wood Stain in weathered grey.
- Purdy paintbrush– Purdy brushes are the best!
- Drop cloth- To stain or paint the crates on.
How do I build a bookshelf?
The 5 crate bookshelf was oringially built for a Celebration of Service event with Home Depot. I had the honor of creating a storage solution for Richard Hutchison and his brother, John. John was hit by a drunk driver and paralyzed from the chest down in 2005. Richard, a 20 year veteran of the Army, has been taking care of his brother ever since. Richard and John asked if I would be willing to help with storage solutions for the new bedroom. They have a ton of books, family pictures, and a model car collection that they both adore.
Step 1- Stain
First, lay out a large drop cloth and give each crate 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Ultimate wood stain in weathered grey. You can absolutely use spray paint if you’d rather the bookshelf be a color.
Step 2- Stack
Next, decide how you want to stack the wooden crates. I have 4 fun stacking options below.
Step 3- Secure together
Lastly, consider securing the crates together. I did not screw the crates together for the Celebration of Service event since kids do not live in the Hutchinson’s home. If you do live with kids or pets, I would screw the crates together and attaching the bookshelf to the wall so there is no risk of the bookshelf falling onto someone.
4 Bookshelf crate configuration ideas
1. John’s Bedroom
This is the 5 crate storage solution all set up in John’s new bedroom! Cleary the walls still need a little paint and the outlet covers needs to be screwed back on, but you get the point.
2. Stair step toy storage
I wanted to show you a few more ways you could possibly arrange the 5 crates. Here’s a stair step idea that stores all things Maxwell.
3. Shoe storage
And here are the 5 crates stocked with shoes. This crate bookshelf is ideal for a closet, laundry room, or entry way.
4. 4 Crate bookshelf
And a simple square 4 crate option, just for fun!
Have you ever made a crate bookshelf or crate furniture? I’d love to hear!