How to Turn Wooden Crates into a Shelf Gallery | DIY Unique Floating Shelves

DIYing your own furniture has to be one of the most rewarding things about planning a makeover. It takes time and planning and a lot of effort, but you put everything into making something that is going to be of use every day.

Each time you pass by it, you are going to be proud of yourself and your creativity. Wooden crates are one of my favorite things to play around with and figure out how to use them in fun ways.

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They are easy to come by and are inexpensive, so they make for a perfect project. In the past, I have talked about turning wooden crates into planters; it was a fun project that involved decorating the crate and figuring out the drainage to create your own story in your garden.

Today’s project is a bit more indoors. We are going to be talking about turning wooden crates into a gallery wall of shelves.

What You’ll Need:

  • Small wooden crates
  • Drill machine
  • Nail gun
  • Wood stain or Paint
  • Sandpaper

What to Do:

  • Clean the wooden crate to begin with. Make sure that it is completely clean and has no particles of whatever it was holding.
  • Sand down all the crates so that they are nicely prepped and are ready to get a makeover.
  • Now you can either choose to stain the wood or paint, depending on the look you are going for. Stain looks more authentic and will help you achieve a rustic vibe. With the paint, the world is your oyster.
  • Layout the crates next to each other to check what arrangement works out for you. Mix and match vertical and horizontal placements. You can also put one or two crates facing backward to give it more dimension.
  • Mark out the position on the wall where you want the crates to go.
  • Use your drill machine to drill the crates to the wall. For additional security, you can nail the crates to each other.


Decorating or styling the shelves makes it whole. You can add a few books, your memorabilia, flower pots, or anything, really. It is basically you putting your personality out there. 

You can take inspiration from the picture or pick a theme and style the crates accordingly. You can even pin polaroids using the cracks between the wood slates in the crates. Just go gaga with how you want it to look.

After all, you made an impressive and unique structure; you get to spice it up.

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