DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

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DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

 

The most satisfying DIY projects are those that serve not just a practical purpose, but an aesthetic one as well. Here’s a DIY storage ottoman– or storage coffee table– that’s totally practical, and it’s visually appealing.  It’s made from a couple wooden crates, some plywood and casters. You can tuck away remotes, magazines, kids toys inside. Wheel it out of the way when you need space for a family game of charades.

Just follow the step-by-step tutorial to make your own DIY storage ottoman.

 

DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

DIY Storage Ottoman Instructions

Materials needed for DIY Storage Ottoman

Materials for the DIY Storage Ottoman

You may consider adding a Universal Lid Support Hinge, especially if you have small children. It will hold the lid of the ottoman open and prevent it from slamming shut. Check with your local Home Depot store associate for additional ideas to customize your crate according to your needs.

Total cost: About $100 (not including the drill)

Step 1

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching wooden crates to plywood base

 

The first step is to attach both wood crates to the base layer of plywood. Line them up next to each other, and secure the #8 ¾ in.screws in the corners.

 

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching wooden crates to plywood base

DIY Storage Ottoman: Wooden crates attached to plywood base

Step 2

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching casters

Next, attach the casters with #8 ¾ in. screws.

Be sure to align the caster where the screws will go into a plank on the base of the wood crate. If you miss it, the screw might show through. Plus, it’s an extra layer of strength to screw through the plywood and into the wood crate.

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching the casters

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching casters

Step 3

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching the top

 

Next, the trickiest part of the project, I measured and marked where to attach the hinged top. To make the hinges align with the handles in the wood crate, simply measure to find the middle of each crate, above the handle.

 

DIY Storage Ottoman: Measuring for hinge placement

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching the hinges

Step 4

DIY Storage Ottoman: Staining the wooden crates

 

After I marked the screw locations and hinge locations on the wood, I stained my piece.

Tip: You can complete the staining step anywhere in the process. It worked out well timing-wise for me to let the piece dry overnight, so I stained in the middle of production.

 

DIY Storage Ottoman: Staining the wooden crates

DIY Storage Ottoman: Staining the wooden crates

DIY Storage Ottoman: The wooden crates after staining

Step 5

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching the hinges

 

When you’re ready to attach the top, secure the hinges on the door first. Use shorter #6 ½ in. screws.

Here’s where it really helps to have two people– one to hold the top piece, and one to help align the hinges and hold them in place.

The first screw is the hardest to get into place, but once you get the first one the others will fit into place easily.

 

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching the hinges

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching the hinges

DIY Storage Ottoman: Attaching the hinges

 

Finally, fill your crates with books, blankets, or other items, and close the top!

 

DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

 

Your friends will be so impressed that your ottoman does double duty as a secret storage spot the stuff that can clutter a living room.

 

DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

DIY Storage Ottoman Made from Wooden Crates

See photos of a slightly different take on this DIY storage ottoman by Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe here on The Home Depot Blog.

Take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog, and follow our Storage and Organization board on Pinterest.

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  1. Gerald Ruocco says:

    you should put 2 chains to the lid and side to keep the lid from slaming back on the floor when opened.

  2. Sara says:

    We just got all the stuff for this and it literally cost us $65. We got the same crates at Joann Fabrics for $6.50 & the rest we got at Lowe’s because our nearest Home Depot is almost 2 hours away. This is a great idea and we can’t wait to see how it turns out. We found it on Pintrest and are excited to make this and use it as our little coffee table!
    Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Ben says:

    I may be dense, but how do you get 2 25inx18in pieces out of a sheet of 2′ x 4′ plywood? I just can’t make it work, but then again I hated these types of problems in school…

    • John says:

      I can’t figure that out either. Not a got start when you can’t figure the material. Anyone got any help?

      • Mario says:

        It can’t be done.The only way around not having to buy 2 pieces is to cut one 18″ x 25″ and then use the remaining 23″ x 24″ and cut it down to 18″ x 24″ . Use this piece for the bottom and cheat it in 1/2″ on either side. this is what I’m going to tell the ladies to do when I teach the class.

    • Audra says:

      The materials list states 2- pieces of 2′ x 4′ plywood

  4. Sarah says:

    What color stain did you use??

  5. bunches says:

    Where do you get premature wood crates?

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  7. Kaylah says:

    Did this project and while it turned out well, there was NO WAY that they could buy all of that stuff for $65. I spent at least $100 to get everything that was required. So, $65 is a little bit of a stretch, don’t you think?

    • Craig Allen says:

      You are right. The $65 figure was not accurate.

      Thanks for pointing that out, Kaylah.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot

  8. Julie C says:

    This is awesome!! I love recycling and repurposing wood, crates and pallets!! I’m a photographer but have been soooo much more creative 3 dimensionally over the past few years and am so inspired by this and many other wonderful blogs! Thank you for sharing all these amazing projects and hard work. It’s things like this that make single women like myself feel capable of so much more. Men are wonderful!!! But isn’t it grand to simply love them and not NEED them.. For everything anyway ;) Thanks again!!