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

Materials needed for DIY Storage Ottoman

Materials for the DIY Storage Ottoman:

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

Tip: Make sure the screws that come with the hinge packet are short enough to not penetrate the ½” project panel. I had to buy a separate pack of wood screws because the screws in the kit I bought were a little bit too long!

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 them 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.

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.

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

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. 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

  2. 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!!