Crate Shelving

September 18, 2006

I really like this shot from Blueprint. I’ve been looking for a shelving solution for my girls room and maybe a configuration inspired by this one would do the trick.
(Just imagine it sans cactus, plus toys.)

What I like about this idea:
1 Crates. I’ve been using wooden crates for storage since I first married. They’re wood, they’re inexpensive, they’re good-looking, what’s not to love? But I haven’t seen them used this way. Setting them both on and underneath the table makes a real difference in what they can do. I also like the various sizes of crates, and that there is a lid option.

2 Everything is sort-of white washed. For the girls room I wouldn’t go white wash, but I could pull it all together with one color.

3 The whole idea is much more flexible than a traditional bookshelf. It can easily be changed to fit new toys or a lamp.

4 The whole thing has a bit of a messy feel. Maybe this would help camoflage the actual messiness of my girls’ various belongings.

For crates, try Michaels or Crate Creations.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 liz s September 18, 2006 at 12:58 pm

gabby where do you buy wooden crates like those?


2 Design Mom September 18, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Check the post at the bottom. There’s a link to Crate Creations which is the company that Blueprint referenced. I’lve also picked up some at Michaels, but they only have one size and they don’t come with lids.


3 Sarah September 18, 2006 at 1:36 pm

the box with drawers is from IKEA and they come unpainted, ready for transformation. . .


4 Rebecca September 18, 2006 at 8:32 pm

My eye caught this in Blueprint, as well. I love it! I have been impressed with Blueprint– I wasn’t quite sure when I flipped through the first issue, but it seems to be getting better and better!


5 Design Mom September 18, 2006 at 8:49 pm

I feel the same Rebecca. Blueprint is growing on me.


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