Hi friends! It’s Noelle stopping by today with a great idea for you. I just love what I call “flexible” storage. Baskets, boxes, drawers, places where you can store stickers one day, and then next month, when you’re into neon ink pads, change the storage for those needs. I keep seeing all these fun ideas on Pinterest for using crates as flexible storage. Of course, anything antique or vintage makes me drool. But there are plenty of ways to make an inexpensive new crate look vintage as well. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite ideas. 🙂
I recently became the proud owner of a wooden crate that I bought as a photography prop, but while I’m not using it for photos I need to use it for something, so I decided I’d take a closer look at different ways to use crates to store crafty items.
Hang Crates as Shelves
Yes, I already talked about hanging crates on the wall, but I had to bring it up again because I just came across these lovely pastel painted crates from Thea’s Mania (which is not in English; you can also find them on Apartment Therapy).
She used them in an entryway to store shoes off the floor, which is completely adorable, but wouldn’t they look awesome stacked high with fabric or yarn, too?
Stack as Shelves
The Rusty Hinges Blog has a great roundup of ways to use crates as shelving when stacked together. I love this look for a collection of arts and crafts books with a few pretty, inspirational items mixed in.
Use as Drawers
Of course you can also go the other way and use the crates as drawers or “baskets” on an existing shelf. This picture from Imperfect Homemaking actually uses crates to contain items in a laundry room, but you could use the same concept in your crafting area.
I particularly like this one because of the labels made with chalkboard paint so you know what’s inside since you can’t see through the crate. Bonus: making the labels is crafty!
What I’m Doing, For Now
It’s a happy coincidence that my crate fits exactly in the space between my filing cabinet and the door of my office, so for now I have it stacked with some books that I intend to review soon. This keeps them all corralled and visible so I remember what I have, which is a big help when I’m trying to review a bunch of books in the same genre or with the same theme.
Do you use crates for storage in your crafty space? I’d love to know how you use them!