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The best uses for milk crates (which are not milk crates) – Review Geek



  A man holding a plastic blue milk crate.
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Milk crates are sturdy, versatile boxes that can fulfill almost any role. Here you can read how you can turn organizers, storage containers, furniture and more from your cheap milk crates.

By the way, these projects work for plastic or wooden milk crates. If you want to save some money, go for the plastic crates. But if you worry about style, go ahead and get some wooden crates.

Stackable storage bins for loose debris

  Two milk crates full of toys for children.
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Do you have a lot of junk lying around? Unorganized books, cables, spheres or DVD's? Maybe it's time to throw all that stuff into a few milk crates. Milk crates provide fantastic stackable storage bins, and you can store them virtually anywhere in your house.

Naturally, small items glide through the holes of your milk crate (especially if you use plastic crates). You can close those holes by covering the crate with an old shirt or some fabric (hot glue or tape must attach it to the crate). Or, if you feel really economical, you can use old shopping bags to store loose items in crates.

Organizers for cupboards and underbeds

  A shelf full of milk crates
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Do you need extra storage space in your cupboard or under your bed? Milk crates are great for organizing clothes, towels, and bedding. You can even add labels to your milk crates to keep everything neat and easy to identify.

You can go one step further by placing milk crates (open side out) on your existing cupboard shelves. The tops of the milk crates can be used as an extra shelf and the inside can be used as divided organizers.

Organizer of the trunk

  A woman with a messy trunk. She needs some milk crates!
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Your trunk can be a jumbled rat nest today, but it can be an organized milk crate port tomorrow. Milk crates are great for securing loose items in your trunk, such as safety equipment, tools, towels and junk. It is also nice to have a few empty milk crates in your trunk, in case you have to move some small items or temperamental messages.

Again, small items can slide through the holes of a milk crate. You may want to close the holes by covering the crate with an old shirt or some fabric. And if you're worried that the milk crates will slide into your trunk, you can attach them to each other with zippers.

Stools, benches and shelves

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Things are starting to get a bit weird here. A few cable ties can transform a stack of milk crates into stools, chairs, couches or shelves. You could even have a bed base of make milk crates (if you feel brave).

Feces and crates made from milk crates are easy to make. Fill a crate with something (newspaper, blanket, books) and finish it with a pillow. Make a few, pin them together with zippers and you have a bench (or remove the cushion to turn your couch into a TV stand.)

If you want to make milk crate shelves, stack a few milk crates and on top of each other (face-out) and secure with cable ties or screws. Wooden milk crates can be safer shelves than plastic milk crates. Moreover, they look better.

DIY planters

  A bunch of milk crates full of flowers and herbs
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Milk crates are a solid alternative to expensive pots and planters. Take a milk crate, cover it with burlap or old shirts (to keep the dirt inside) and fill it with soil. Bang – you have a super cheap reusable planter.

Please note that plastic milk crates are approximately 10 inches long. If you want to grow plants from seeds, you may need to hack your plastic milk crate planter to make it shallower (or just use less dirt, I think).


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