Our family runs a very popular dairy house here in Wisconsin. As a result we have oodles of plastic milk crates laying around. We use them for lots of different things (I think we have had some of them since college!). The crates have been used to store shoes, books, tools, frisbees, sewing supplies etc. We have never used them to sit on, but there is a first time for everything.
This is what it looks like today. Hard to tell it was once an ordinary milk crate.
My husband helped me make this milk crate into a cube that I covered with fabric to use as a stool in our downstairs bathroom. It wasn’t a difficult project, so grab a crate and let’s get started!
For this project you will need:
A sturdy plastic milk crate
6 pieces of medium density fiber board, cut into 12″ x 12″ squares
8 pieces of 2″ x 4″, cut into 10″ pieces
A box of 3″ screws
4 medium size castors
1 yard 52″ wide home decor fabric
1 bag any size polyester quilt batting
Staple gun and staples
Work with the cube right side up, fit the 2″ x 4″ pieces into each corner of the cube on the INSIDE of the plastic. Screw them in place by attaching the screws right through the plastic crate. You may have to drill first, but our screws went in easily without drilling. Then add the rest of the 2″ x 4″ pieces to support the other inside edges of the cube (especially the area where you will sit), screwing them into the plastic crate the same way. Essentially you want to reinforce the plastic cube to make it solid for sitting on. Sorry but my hubby was too quick for me and I missed taking pictures of him putting it together.
The next step is to add the medium density fiber board to the OUTSIDE of the cube. Cover each side with the board, screwing the pieces into the 2″ x 4″ pieces that you added to the inside. Attach the castors in the corner area on the bottom of the cube. The castors are optional, but they help raise the cube to be more of a sitting height.
Spread out your chosen fabric, wrong side up. Place several layers of quilt batting over it, trim to size. Center the finished cube, upside down in the center of the fabric. Working with opposite sides, stretch the fabric over the sides of the cube, stapling it along the bottom edge and trimming away excess fabric and batting as needed. Fold the corner edges so they are smooth and parallel to the sides of the cube’s corner.
This project was fun to make and cost only a few dollars for the supplies. Most of the things we used were just laying around the house. I am a big believer in just using what you have, so if you have to make adjustments, go for it! I like having a place to sit in the bathroom to put shoes on or polish your toe nails. It’s easy to roll the Cube over to the tub and put your towels on it when soaking in the bath.
The bathroom update is is almost complete, I will have more soon!