I had a fun wood crate project idea come to me. It was inspired on Pinterest by these wooden crates that I had seen some other talented bloggers make into cute and great storage ottomans. I decided to do my own spin on this fun and easy project that could work in or outdoors!
With the help of my NEW Black and Decker cordless drill, I was able to create a cute new wood crate ottoman addition to my home.
Craft supplies you will need for this project:
- Black and Decker Cordless Drill
- Wood Crate or wooden box (You can find them at your local larger craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby). I decided to paint my crate with a light gray, but you can stain it or leave it all natural. You could also try using a fruit crate or vintage crates if a wood crate isn’t an option. These can be found at thrift stores or flea markets.
- Chalk paint or spray paint
- 4 Casters hardware (wheels for your ottoman)
- Plywood pieces 2 cut to the size of my wood crate top. Your crate may have different dimensions. Make sure to measure. I created a lip for my lid so that hinges were not required. I wanted the top to stay in place.
- Batting – I wanted to prove how thrifty you can be with DIY. I took batting from an accent pillow I no longer use and repurposed as cushion on the lid.
- Fabric of your choice. I used some I had in my own stock. Less than 1 yard was necessary for this project.
- Spray Adhesive
- Staple gun with staples
- Wood glue
- Wood screws 1″
- Measuring tape
- Metal 18″ ruler
Step 1 – Attach your wheels to the base of your wood crate.
My most important tool on this project my new BLACK+DECKER 20v Cordless drill. I love that it is so compact and lightweight. It doesn’t make DIY taxing like heavier power tools can. You don’t need powerful tools for this project. This drill is perfect for smaller DIY projects.
Here is a quick video from my Instagram of how I attached them with my new drill. All you need is your 1″ wood screws to accomplish this step. It took less than 2 minutes.
Step 2 – Measure and cut wood for top of wood crate
Measure out the top of the lid dimensions based on the exterior dimensions of the crate. My first piece of plywood needed to be cut to 16 5/8″ x 18 3/4.”
I did this at home because I have a circular saw, but you can have your plywood cut to size at most home supplier stores like Home Depot.
I wanted my second piece of plywood for the lid to sit within the crate a little to make sure it was snug and secure. Using hinges on this project was not something I wanted to do. My second set of dimensions were 12 3/4″ x 16 3/4.”
Please measure your crate prior to having the plywood cut. Don’t forget to sand the edges of the pieces. No splinters!
Then you will want to use your pencil to place and trace the edges the smaller wood piece in the right place. Take wood glue and screws to attach the two pieces together.
Step 3 – Upholstering the ottoman lid
Attach the batting to the top of the plywood lid with spray adhesive. I had to feng shui mine since I upcycled my batting from an old pillow. You can purchase batting in rolls and upholstery foam would also work.
Cover your lid with fabric and secure it with a staple gun. Once you have properly secured it, trim the fabric so that there isn’t a lot of excess hanging. AND There you have it.
Step 4 – Enjoying the fruits of your labor
My favorite part. Enjoy your new cute piece of dual purpose furniture. I plan on using mine for additional seating and storage of my throw pillows and blankets in my office. My cats are already enjoying it for me.
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I hope you enjoyed this wood crate turned storage ottoman project and fell inspired to try it yourself! Whether you are using a new craft store crate or old wooden crates, this will be a fun and easy DIY for you to make.