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  • Tanya Grovum

Storage Solutions: Thinking Outside The Box

When most people think of storage solutions they think of plastic bins and baskets. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either and we own many of both ourselves, but sometimes it's nice to use something different.

We are huge fans of antique wooden crates for storage! They are durable and stylish. You can use them for so many things - storage for albums, hats & mitts, books, toys, or even stack a few and use them as an end table or a shelf. Note: For more creative ideas, search "crate storage ideas" online and you'll find so many neat uses.

Add Some Personality!

Think you would like to move your crate around? Try adding 4 swivel caster wheels on the bottom! They come in all sorts of sizes and colours. You can find them at most hardware stores. Just make sure the screws are the proper length so they don't pop through the wood on the inside of the crate. You can also jazz the crate up with some paint, words (i.e. what it holds, or someone's name), or just keep them plain.

Things To Consider Before Purchasing

You can find antique crates fairly easy at most antique markets. They can cost anywhere from $20+ depending on the condition and size. But before purchasing one, think of what you are going to use it for. That will help you determine the size of crate you need. If you plan to use them for children's storage make sure you look for one that is safe, the wording on it (if applicable) is appropriate, and maybe give it a light sanding if need be.

Beautiful and Functional Gifting

Crates also make a great gift for kid's birthdays (personalized toy box), cottage hosting gifts (to store blankets, towels, books, or firewood), or a wedding gift (maybe put their wedding date on it somewhere).

Storage ideas should be practical but they don't have to be boring!

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