Crate Shelving DIY: Simple Wall Organization

country livingPhoto from Country Living
by Sheri Reed

Garden designer Jon Carloftis's home tour in the April 2010 issue of Country Living left me breathless with love and desire. There was almost need for some resuscitation.

The beautiful row of pear trees up the front walk! The pine cone bedpost finials! The adult treehouse! The bits of nature all around his home! And the shadow box shelving shown above, which he made by nailing old fruit crates to the wall of his toolshed.

Catch me, I'm fainting all over again...


Crate shelving seems to be catching on more and more. I recently saw this cute kitchen crate shelving, also in Country Living and loved the painted version in Jansa Janekovic's home tour on sfgirlbybay. Such an easy and attractive storage solution, so it's no wonder it's being seen all around.

crate shelving
Photo from Country Living
by Sheri Reed

However, Jon Carloftis's full-wall version of 18 uniform crates (he must have a really good resource for vintage crates), filled with horse paint-by-number paintings and other lovely horse collectibles makes his crate wall project more like wall art than wall storage. It also, I think, makes his toolshed among the most gorgeous toolsheds ever!

What do you think of crate storage? Would it work in your home?

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