We’ve got for you some free and easy plans for how to build a crate for your home. Whether you want a functional crate for carrying things around or you want a decorative crate for storage of blankets or toys, these plans will work for you. The plans for this use standard lumber and can be built in about an hour. Don’t waste a bunch of money on buying one at the store that might not be perfect, just build it yourself! Here’s how!
Simple Plans to Build a DIY Crate
This crate could be used a number of ways. It’s not as convenient for carrying things around as a toolbox is, but you can store miscellaneous items in the garage or your living room. This crate is also a good option for holding your gardening supplies outside.
Building the Crate
The full instructions are in the how to card below, but here’s the basic idea.
All you need is two 1″x3″ boards and a short 1″x4″ board to cut down and everything is straight cuts.
We started by cutting everything down, including six longer side pieces, six shorter side pieces, four supports and three bottom pieces. That’s it.
On two of the shorter side pieces, we used a router to cut out semi-circles for handles.
Once everything was cut, we used a nail gun to attach four side pieces all around the base pieces to create the bottom.
Then we nailed in the four supports in the corners.
We moved up just a bit and added the middle sides and the top sides with the handles on top.
Finishing the Crate
Depending on the look you want, you could leave the crate natural, stain it or paint it.
We opted to add a coat of Early American stain from Varathane for a more finished look.
Read our full review of Early American wood stain by Varathane!
This is a simple build that can be replicated over and over. Knowing how to build a crate is the first step and then you can build them over and over. Make several for a shelf to store hats and gloves or blankets.
A crate looks good on display or tucked away. Either way, hope you enjoy yours!
- 18' of 1"x3" wood
- 4 1/2' of 1"x4" wood
- Miter Saw
- Nail Gun
- Make the following cuts from 1"x3" boards
(6) long sides- 18"
(6) short sides- 12"
(4) corner beams- 9" (can also trim this down to 1"x1")
- Make the following cuts from 1"x4" board
(3) bases- 18"
- Use a router to groove out semi circles in the middle of two of the short sides to serve as handles.
- Line up the three base pieces side by side and nail two long sides and two short sides around them.
- Nail in the four corner beams in the corners.
- Attach two long sides and two short sides flush with the top of the corner beams.
- Attach the remaining sides centered on the gap that's left.
- Stain or paint as desired.