I have been completely inspired by the reinvention of the crate. A variety of crates are a staple in my home, but it hasn't been until recently that I've fallen in love with them all over again. When I was cruising around Pinterest I discovered these and I was immediately smitten. I wanted to incorporate the caster/crate idea into my home, which fits my design style of eclectic, arts & crafts with a touch of industrial. I am not in need of anymore shelving units so I decided to take a different approach.
My living room is somewhat limited on space despite the open rooms. The furniture is large and I'm tired of the overstuffed and bland ottomans, but I still need something to prop my feet on. I decided to turn cc's favorite 7-Up crate into a new ottoman with current magazine and book storage. It gets the job done and doesn't take up too much space.Supplies:
+an old crate (fruit, soda, etc.)
+4 casters from the hardware store (size is by preference - I wanted a shorter ottoman so I went with smaller casters)
+industrial strength velcro
+optional - pillow or cushion that fits the dimensions of the "top" of the crate
I didn't want to drill holes in the crate in order to keep my options open for future use. I decided to go with velcro, and I made sure it was industrial strength so when I move the crate around on the floor the casters won't fall off. To be sure the adhesive on the velcro adheres to the metal caster and the wood I used a couple drops of gorilla glue on each surface. With a little elbow grease this can be removed in the future. I positioned the casters as close to the edge as possible in order for them to be visible. You may choose to add a cushion or pillow for comfort. I opted not to because I have so many pillows on my couch already it's easy enough to grab one of those if needed.
I would love to get more ideas for crates. What other ideas have you seen or used? Leave me a comment.