Today I am going to share with you how I made my crate seats. There are many blog posts about this very topic, but in case you haven't seen them I will share my way.
These crate seats have got to be the easiest project my husband and I have tackled! Keep in mind that there are different dimensions for different milk crates, so I will not be giving you cutting dimensions.
You will need milk crates, fabric, sturdy wood, padding, a staple gun, and tools to cut the wood.
|I seriously got over 2 yards of fabric for $13!!|
I purchased my milk crates from Target a few years ago. When I was there a few days ago they did not have green, but had pink and another color. The fabric came from Joann Fabrics. I got a yard of each color and that was MORE than enough.
Step 1: May or may not have started with my husband dumpster diving for wood. We live in a developing neighborhood and there are tons of scraps. I am not advising you to do this, but it is an option. Hehe! I don't have a picture of him doing it unfortunately.
He was able to score some 3/4" plywood. It wasn't perfect, so he had to square it off with his circular saw.
Step 2: He took the dimensions of the inside lip of the milk crate. The wood will sit on the lip. I am sure this project could be done in a different way if the crate does not contain a lip, but the crates I purchased from Target had the lip.
Step 3: Using the circular saw (and all of the proper safety gear) he cut the plywood to the proper dimensions. When he was done we tried to fit it in. It did not work because the corners of the crate were rounded. He took off a small amount off of each corner of the plywood to make it fit.
Step 4: We used foam mats to pad the plywood for a more comfortable seat. It isn't like sitting on a comfortable couch, but it did the trick. We trimmed the foam mat to size.
Step 5: This is where I had some fun. Up until this point my awesome husband had done all of the work. I laid out the fabric face down and put the foam mat and wood face down on top of it. I decided to cover the whole bottom portion of the plywood with fabric to prevent splinters. I used my husbands air nailer that shoots staples with 18 gauge 1/2" staples. I am sure that you could use a regular staple gun. We just didn't have one at the house. I stapled one side at a time being sure to pull the fabric tight each time. When I got to the last two sides I wrapped it like a present.
That is all there is to it! Easy Peasy! I hope I explained this clearly. If there are any questions PLEASE feel free to comment below.~Stacey