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Using Crates for Interior Design

Updated on June 26, 2011

Crates

Crates are boxes or platforms made from wooden slates. They are used to transport or stack various merchandise. Crates are generally pretty dirty by the time they are no longer used, so if you plan on using them inside your house, they will need a good scrubbing. You can either use them with a natural look by simply sanding them down or you can give them a coat of paint for a more coordinated look with the rest of your furniture and decor.

Here are a few examples of ways in which you can use crates in your house.

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Entrance

Crates used in the entrance make a statement to anyone who steps into your house. You can use them for storage (for shoes, accessories, books, etc) or for decorative purpose.

Crates used to display picture frames
Crates used to display picture frames
Crates used as a bookshelf / display shelf
Crates used as a bookshelf / display shelf
Crates used as shoes storage
Crates used as shoes storage

Bedroom

There are various ways you can use crates in your bedroom to achieve a perfect shabby chic design. The examples that follow show crates used as a headboard and as a platform bed base. You could also use them to make nightstands.

Crates used as a headboard
Crates used as a headboard
Crates used as a bed base
Crates used as a bed base

Living Room

You can use crates in your living room to make a unique sofa or coffee table.

Crates used as a coffee table
Crates used as a coffee table
Crates used as a coffee table
Crates used as a coffee table
Crates used as a sofa base
Crates used as a sofa base
Crates used as a sofa base
Crates used as a sofa base

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      Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

      Very interesting Hub and use of crates. I never thought of using them in the home. We have always used them in the garage and alley to put stuff on to keep them dry and off the dirt floor. These are very inventive.

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      lovely.. some real great use of crates.. i guess its creating intresting interiors and great storage without spending much...

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      The Bucket Lister 5 years ago

      Shabby chic is really making a big wave in interior design at the moment. Glad you guys like it.

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      Catherine Crandall 21 months ago

      This is a great idea, its so unique and creative. I really like it, I never thought that a crate could be useful for interior designing. Thank you for sharing this article.

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