ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Cheapest Furniture Around: Milk Crates

Updated on June 8, 2012

Looking To Save Money?

Are you on a shoestring budget and looking for furniture? Maybe you just want some storage space to host your mainly unused items in your garage, or perhaps you're looking for some sort of makeshift dresser to keep your clothes in. How about an organization unit for your DVDs, books, or video games? Tables? Chairs? Whatever it is, there's something that you may have been overlooking that could come in handy for you -- milk crates.

Milk Crates: The New Black of the Storage World

Storage and organizer units are probably the most put-to-use idea when it comes to milk crates, and it's no wonder why. You can easily stack these poor man's building blocks on top of one another to create the perfect cubby storage area, useful for practically anything and everything -- use it in your pantry to organize food, keep them in your kids' room to store toys, in the study to house books, in the garage to hold tools, in the living room to showcase your DVDs and video games -- the list goes on and on!

Don't like the "milk crate" look? Well if you're quite the handyman (or woman of course), you can easily build yourself a wooden casing for the milk crate cubby/shelving unit, with the crates acting as slide out "drawers". This can be a nice touch in the bedroom, especially if you're looking for a dresser!

So Versatile You can Sleep on Them

Okay, maybe you don't want to take the title too seriously. Sleeping on the milk crates themselves wont help you with anything, unless you're trying to give yourself a crooked spine, but they can certainly provide the support for a mattress instead of a bedframe! How do I know this? Trust me, I am not above going behind the grocery store and snagging a few left-out crates to lay my mattress on.

Need A Table? Well Guess What

It may take a bit of work, but you can definitely turn milk crates into side tables or even a desk. If you're especially determined, I can't see why you wouldn't be able to fashion yourself a dining room table while you're at it. Just make sure you get some sort of sheet of glass, wood, or plastic to lay across your finished product. I don't think you'd enjoy your silverware slipping through the holes very much.

Hobo Chairs? More Like Modern Chic

Flip a milk crate over and what do you get? A place to park your butt! Sure, it might sound a bit uncomfortable, but times are tough and you need whatever practical products you can get your hands on that's free. Of course, if you're willing to shed a few bucks, you can turn them into comfortable chairs. If you've got the know-how and you know where to get the materials, you can make cushions for your crate chairs to make them more sit-able. You could even add legs to them to elevate the chair so it's easier to use, although something tells me that might not be a smart idea.

The Ultimate Project - A Milk Crate Couch!

Looks VERY uncomfortable at first, but when you take a look at the second and third photo, it doesn't seem so bad. Surely if you can use the right cushioning it'll be comfortable, but this would still be quite the project, although I'm sure it'd save you a lot of money instead of forking out hundreds of dollars for a couch from a furniture store.

Hey, with all these ideas, you might as well create your own furniture store... out of milk crates, while you're at it.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Gill Harris profile image

      Gill Harris 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Tie them together with cable ties for stability. Great ideas. Thanks.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Milk crates are still widely in use for the transportation of ANY type of milk not just glass bottles. I work at a supermarket and all our flavoured and white milk (in plastic containers) gets transported to the supermarket in milk crates. Same with cafes/any place that buys lots of milk.

    • TheMagician profile imageAUTHOR

      Kay B 

      8 years ago from Tampa, FL

      The same here in the US, yet we've got tons of these. I have no idea what on earth goes in this crates if there really isn't a market for glass milk bottles nowadays.

    • Arioch profile image

      Gordon D Easingwood 

      8 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      Some good ideas but limited here in the UK since recyclable glass milk bottles are mostly a thing of the past (meaning milk crates are too).

    • jayjay40 profile image


      10 years ago from Bristol England

      great ideas, love the thought of recycling these milk crates. Great unusual topic, well done


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)