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Grab two or three crates and make this simple DIY wood crate side table. You don’t need any special tools or woodworking skills.

DIY Wood Crate Side Table

Put together a small bookshelf or side table using wood crates and a few tips and tricks in this quick video tutorial.

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Wood crates are perfect for creating DIY storage furniture pieces – like side tables, book shelves, coffee tables, and more!

I LOVE plain unfinished wood crates. I have about 10 in our home that keep getting re-shuffled and rearranged as I tinker with our home decor and storage solutions. That’s the thing about me: I love to tinker. Our furniture rarely stays in the same place for longer than a year or so.

Take my craft room, for example. Up until I recently switched over to a standing craft table, I used wood crates to make a DIY shelf with lots of open storage:

Wooden crates used as shelving with folders and boxes.

I’ve also used wooden crates at the foot of my bed in my winter bedroom tour:

Wooden crates filled with blankets at the end of a bed.

And I’ve mounted wood crates above our bathroom door for extra storage:

DIY wood crate bathroom shelves

So here I am, once again tinkering and re-arranging my craft room. After switching out my sitting craft table for a standing one, I also added a chair in the corner to create a cozy reading nook.

Here’s how I used my favorite wood crates to make a side table to finish off this little corner:

DIY Wood Crate Side Table

DIY Wood Crate Side Table

Yield: 1 project
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: easy

Grab two or three crates and make this simple DIY wood crate side table. You don't need any special tools or woodworking skills.



  1. Watch the video tutorial before you begin, and let that be your visual guide for this project.
  2. Stack the crates one on top of the other. Set each new crate back about 1/2-inch, to keep the crates from leaning forward. add poster hanging putty between crates
  3. Add a bit of sticky tack between each layer of wood crates to keep them from sliding around. stack wood crates one on top of the other
  4. After you stack three crates, slide them back up against a wall. Since they are staggered, the top crate should land flush against the wall, even if your have thick baseboards or an outlet behind the side table.

MY Finished DIY Wood Crate Side Table

small bookshelf made from wood crates

This little side table/bookshelf is just the right size for this little nook in my craft room. I can set a glass of water or cup of coffee on the top shelf. And my mini screen on top lets me play music or movies when I’m working on craft projects.

Oh, and I think our dog even approves of this one:

craft room corner with a cozy chair and wood crate side table

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Wood Crate Side Table

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