So remember when I shared How to Transform Laminate furniture a few weeks ago? Well, to day I am going to share two easy tips to build stackable crates...
Since I shared this at My Repurposed Life several months back I am not going to give a full tutorial here, but two important tips for making your crates stackable.
Tip #1- Your crate needs to have feet.
When I was building my crates I made sure that my bottom support piece was connected 1/2'' from the bottom of the inside support piece. This little space will become the "feet" of my crate, which allow it to stack into another crate.
Now that you have made the feet on your support pieces you can start adding the end slats to your crate but this is where you need the next tip...
Tip #2- The top of each crate needs a space for the feet to stack into.
This is very easy to do. When I added my side slats to the support pieces I simply used a scrap 1/2'' board (the length of my feet) to make sure that I was leaving the correct amount of space before I glued and nailed them on.
Oh, and you may have noticed I stained the wood too, I wanted to do it before I built my crates, I find it easier that way. :) That is it!! Two quick and easy steps to make your crates stackable!
My crate's feet fit right inside the bottom crate, and they are nice and sturdy when stacked. I did add felt pads to my crate feet so they slide nice and easy in and out of my bench, this is not necessary if you are just stacking.
I also wanted to note that you can make your crate feet longer if you desire, this would make more of a space when your crates are stacked. I didn't worry about it for this project, but it would be easy to do! As long as you have feet and place to stack them you can customize them anyway you want!
Here are my crates in their home! I fit them for this bench and I love how they turned out, especially since I made them out of pallet and scrap wood, so they were free, my favorite kind of project!
For the full step by step picture tutorial on how I built these crates you can see my Stackable Pallet Crates post, and if you like the bench they are in, don't forget to check out how I transformed it from cheap to nice in 3 easy steps!
If you are a crate lover like me you can check out my 20+ DIY Crates post for more great ideas!
Thanks so much for stopping by!