Did I ever tell you about the time I moved to a new campus and the only furniture or materials in my classroom were tables and chairs? I knew in advance I would have nothing so I spent my entire summer with my best friend Craig, his last name is List. I also spent a lot of time with my other friends, eBay and Goodwill. I bought as much as I could on my own but when all was said and done I still didn’t have anywhere to put the blocks, puzzles, or any of the other center materials I had purchased with my own money. So I created this milk crate storage and shelving unit for my classroom to solve my storage problems!
DIY Milk Crate Storage Shelves
During the back-to-school sales I spotted some file crates on sale for $3 that solved my problem. Here’s my super easy, quick, and inexpensive DIY tutorial for making storage shelves or cubbies for your classroom or home.
This is just one of my 40+ teaching hacks I use to save money and time in my classroom.
Supplies for DIY Storage Shelves
- Zip ties– also known as cable ties can be found in the electrical section of your home improvement store.
- Milk or file crates can usually be found during back-to-school sales at your local big box stores.
- Optional: If you already have crates but they’re not the right color you can spray paint them the color of your choice with plastic spray paint
How to Make Your Own Storage Shelves
Use the zip ties to secure your crates together. In the picture above I used six crates but you could easily use more if needed.
You can also make double sided shelving units by securing two sets of crates back to back. The double sided shelves are more sturdy and don’t tip over.
If your single sided crate storage unit is too tall you can secure it to the wall so it won’t fall over.
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