DIY Rolling Storage
Are you ready to organize your home, but need versatile storage solutions on a budget? This clever and simple DIY rolling storage is a great solution to declutter and get organized. Made from affordable wooden crates, a few pieces of lumber and casters from The Home Depot, this DIY rolling storage solution is both practical and visually appealing.
To create a DIY rolling storage crate, follow the full tutorial below!
- (2) Large pallet wood crates
- (1) 1 x 12-in. x 8-foot common or pine board
- (1) 1 x 4-in. x 6-ft. common board
- (1) 4 x 4-in. x 8 ft. Select Pine post
- (4) casters
- (30) #10 x 1 1/4-in. wood screws
- (40) #8 x 3/4-in. wood screws
- (10) #8 x 2-in. wood screws
- Wood glue
- Paint or stain
- Paint brushes and small roller
Step 1: Measure and Mark – Horizontal Crate Storage
On the 1 x 4 in. x 6 ft. board, measure and make a mark every 16 3/4 in. This will create four equal sections for the legs. There will be a small part of the board left over on the end that will be cut off.
On the 1 x 12 in. x 8 ft. board, measure and mark one section of the board at 37 1/2 in. This is the top board.
Mark one section at 36 in. for the bottom board. You can discard the remaining piece or save them for another project.
On the 4 x 4 in. x 8 ft. post, measure and mark two sections at 36 in. Discard or save the remaining piece for another project.
Vertical Crate Storage Cuts
To create the vertical crate storage solution, you will need to change your measurements slightly.
1 x 4 in. x 6 ft. board
- (4) 22.25 in. pieces
1 x 12 in. x 8 ft. board
- (1) 26.5 in. piece for the top board
- (1) 25 in. piece for the bottom board
4 x 4 in. x 8 ft. post
- (2) 25 in. pieces
Step 2: Cut the Wood
Now cut all of the wood.
Step 3: Paint or Stain Your Wood
Paint or stain the wood the color of your choice. For this project we used BEHR’s Ultra Pure White Interior Paint and Primer. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4: Pre-Drill Holes and Attach the Crates Side By Side
Pro-tip: Pre-drilling holes in the crate slats will help keep the wood slats from splitting.
After pre-drilling the holes, attach the crates side by side by drilling the #10 1 1/4 in. wood screws into the inside corners.
For the vertical crate storage, stack the crates on top of each other and attach them by drilling the #10 1 1/4 in. wood screws into the bottom corners of the top crate.
Step 5: Drill the Screws to Create the Bottom
For the horizontal storage crate, Align the 4 x 4 in. post pieces with the edges of the 36 in. bottom board. Attach each piece by drilling four of the #8 x 2 in. wood screws near each edge, making certain the screws are evenly spaced.
For the vertical crate storage, align the 4 x 4 in. post pieces with the edges of the 25 in. bottom board. Attach each piece by drilling four of the #8 x 2 in. wood screws near each edge, making certain the screws are evenly spaced.
Step 6: Attach
For the horizontal crate storage, align the back of the crates with the edge of the 36 in. bottom board you just attached to the 4 x 4 in. pieces. Drill two #8 x 3/4-in. wood screws into the corners of each crate to attach them to the bottom board. This will leave a small shelf in front of the crates.
For the vertical crate storage, stack the crates on top of the bottom 25 in. board, flush with the back. Drill two #8 x 3/4-in. wood screws into the corners of each crate to attach them to the bottom board. Again, this should leave a small shelf in front of the crates.
Step 7: Attach the Legs
For the horizontal crate storage, line the 16 3/4 in. legs up to the outside of each corner. Drill the #10 x 1 1/4-in. wood screws into each corner on the inside of the crate. Make sure that the legs are flush with the left and right edges of the crate.
For the vertical crate storage, align the 22.25 in. legs flush with the outside of each corner. Drill the #10 x 1 1/4-in. wood screws into each corner on the inside of the crate. Make sure that the legs are flush with the left and right edges of the crate.
Place the top board on top of the crates. Drill the #10 x 1 1/4 in. wood screws into the inside corner of the crate, making certain that the board is flush with the back of the crates.
Step 8: Install the Casters
Now it’s time to install the casters.
First, pre-drill holes for the casters with the #8 x 3/4 in. wood screws. Install four casters on the outside edges of the 4 x 4 in. legs.
Completed DIY Rolling Storage
The completed DIY rolling storage! The great thing about using casters for this project? They let you create a versatile storage solution that can be moved out of the way easily. Go grab your materials and get organized by building this clever DIY rolling storage!