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Frugal Tip: Make Your Own Crate Seats

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 2 comments
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Image: Asparagus Time and Crates, by Ulrike Leone on Pixababy

Image: Crate Seats, My Way
Photo credit: Crate Seats, My Way
There was a time we used old milk crates to hold up a beautiful wooden table top we found in the garbage - to make a coffee table.

It looked great, though it felt a bit cheesy...

However, these really do look cute and would make a great addition to the playroom - or even classroom! They are seats - made out of milk or file crates.

You just make a cushion (out of plywood, foam, and fabric - staple or hot glue gun in place) to place on the crate.

For little children, you could place the cushion on the open top of the crate, and use the inside of the crate for storage.

For an older child or teen, you need to put the cushion on the bottom side of the crate, and use the crate with the open side down.

Using a vinyl tablecloth for your seat covering fabric would make your seat easy to clean - and great for outdoor use!

Idea and photo from: Crate Seats, My Way

Image: Vintage Red Plastic Schneider's Dairy Stacking Milk Crate Advertising Box | Brand: Anticuria
Stacking Milk Crate
From our Facebook fan page:

Jessica Lyn Larrew posted: I think the kids would love these for playing games at the coffee table, playing video games, or as footrests!!

Lori Weaver Razzano posted: Nice!

Brooke Ashley Perkins-Vails posted: Pretty Nifty Idea!

Kristen Ann Jones Schirmer posted: My sister is using them in her classroom!

Image: Muscle Rack | heavy duty dairy/storage crate | Size: 11x13x13 | Black Milk Crate (Pack of 2)
Heavy Duty Milk Crate

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🪑 Stacking Milk Crate

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About Catherine: I have been writing frugal tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three sons, who are all grown up - and re-married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and Bella, the cat.

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  1. Amy says:

    The link to the plywood on Amazon, is that the correct size already cut?? that would be AWESOME!

  2. It would depend on which crate you bought - the cut wood is 12" x 12"

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