While I spent the week in Washington D.C. with our two youngest children, my husband surprised me with a completed home office upon my return.
I should preface this by saying I knew my husband planned to work on my office, I even knew his plans for it, but I figured this would not happen for several months still.
So, imagine my surprise when I came home to a beautifully finished office!
It was SO much better than I imagined it would be and I am so in love with my wooden crate bookshelves.
It’s the first thing our guests notice when they walk in our door.
It always shocks them to learn the wooden crates are homemade. But they’re so easy to make, anyone can tackle this DIY project for themselves.
Thankfully, Steve took a video log of all the steps he took to make the wood crates, how to assemble them, and also how to mount them to walls.
Steve took a few photos, but most everything you need will be in the video at the bottom of this post.
I’ll include pictures of supplies, the finished project, and a couple of pictures of how I filled the crate bookshelves when they were done.
I hope this inspires you to add some unique touches to your own space. 🙂
Supplies for a DIY Bookshelf:
- 3/4″ x 1/4″ Narrow Crown Staples (Steve used these to attach the lath to the ends of the crates.)
- 1″ x 10″ x 8′ Standard Pine (Steve used these for the sides of each crate.)
- 5/16 in. x 1-1/2 in. x 4 ft Wood Lath (Steve was able to get 7-8 crates out of one bundle.)
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Extra Supplies (not pictured):
- Dimmable Rope Lights (Optional)
Thoughts about this project:
Depending on what size you want your wooden crates, and how big the space you have to work with, will determine most of the materials you will need.
The supplies listed are what Steve used for my little office, which he talks about in more detail in the video.
(Steve added a corner desk and regular shelves above my windows that are not included in the supplies list.)
The pictures make the room look smaller than it is, but having the bookshelves off the floor really gives this room depth. What is normally a tight space feels spacious now.
The rope lighting is just the perfect touch. I love having it on at night; it gives a nice ambiance. Sometimes I just like to sit in my office with only the rope lights on and it’s pretty relaxing.
Crates Filled in:
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18 thoughts on “DIY Bookshelf Made From Crates”
Wow!! Great job Steve!!
I really love this unique look and the accessories. Perfect for this little room?.
Moving on to the next project!?
I was worried at first that the crates would make the room feel smaller but it actually does the opposite. I love it!
What a great idea! Nice to have such a handy hubby around!
Yes, he’s pretty awesome! ?
this is awesome! the crates shelf could totally make the office area become so instagrammable. love this, i think i should give it a try somewhere around my working area. thanks for the inspiration! 😉
He did a great job. I love the rustic look!
Oh, me too! It’s perfect!
This is just WOW! I love the crates idea.
Love the lights behind them! So cool!
It’s so cozy at night!
I love the way this looks!! I’ve done something like this in my classroom with plastic milk crates, but your version is much prettier.
Milk crates are perfect for a classroom! Kids love the colors!
Your office is BEAUTIFUL! I love the crate shelves. And I love that he surprised you while you were gone! It’s funny how when a guy says he’ll do something, you don’t know if that means he’ll do it tomorrow or next year. Ha!
Haha!! Right?! I’m so glad he didn’t mean next year! ?
Girl, this design is SO cute!! I love the idea of the wooden crates, especially with the lights in them!!
Thank you, Morgan! I absolutely love my office!
I lovelovelove this office space! The crates are genius!
Thank you! I’ll pass on your compliments to the master carpenter. ?
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