Diy furniture

DIY bookcase in pallet or wooden crate: creative ideas for top storage cabinet

Do you keep your books or decorative items piled up everywhere? Today, we are offering you a smart way to better organize the space in your home with the help of an easy and quick do-it-yourself storage unit from recycled materials. In the following lines you will find some tips and inspiring ideas for making a pallet bookcase or original wooden crate.

Pallet bookcase or wooden crates: an excellent idea for making a top storage unit

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Make an original small bookcase with wooden boxes

Need some extra space to store favorite books in the kid’s room? So, you don’t have to invest a lot of money to find the perfect solution. Indeed, we can use recycled materials to make an original bookcase even in a mini version. So if you’re a DIY fan, here’s an easy idea to try..


  • wooden crates
  • paint for wood
  • wood finish
  • Sandpaper
  • corner brackets
  • wood glue

To make a pretty bookcase, you have to start by cleaning and painting the wood

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Production :

  1. First of all, we have to prepare the crates. Start by sanding them with the sandpaper.
  2. Then clean each crate well and paint to give it a touch of shine. Let dry well.
  3. Apply a wood finish coat. Let dry.
  4. Now you have to assemble the boxes. To do this, try a few different setups to find the one you like the best. Normally if you are using a small number of crates (3-4) you can simply lay them one on top of the other to create a small bookcase..
  5. If you want to secure the makeshift storage cabinet, use some corner brackets, wood glue and a few screws.

Here is the magnificent result of an easy and fun project with just 3 crates and a coat of wood paint

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How to make a bookcase from a salvaged pallet

In recent years, DIY projects with salvaged pallets have become very popular especially on hot days when looking for economical alternatives to furnish your outdoor area in a comfortable and chic way. DIY pallet furniture is another cool idea to sublimate your interior by bringing a rustic and personal touch. Creating a small wooden shelf is therefore a pleasant alternative to put your favorite books and objects in order. Below, we offer a model of rectangular bookcase in reclaimed wood planks.

Materials and tools:

  • recovered pallet boards
  • electric sander
  • pencil and tape measure
  • flat head nails
  • wood screws
  • wood glue
  • hammer
  • circular saw
  • goggles and ear protection
  • drill and countersink drill

How to make a bookcase from reclaimed wood pallets step by step

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Steps to follow :

  1. Clean and sand the wood.
  2. Now measure and cut out the boards that will be needed to create a rectangular shaped module. The dimensions of the cabinet will vary depending on the space available. Here, we will use 7 horizontal boards of the same size (2 for the top and bottom of the bookcase; 5 for the shelves), 4 small boards to divide the space and create different storage areas, as well as 2 vertical planks to make the frame of the bookcase.
  3. To make the frame, make holes on the ends of the boards. Then, attach a vertical plank to a horizontal plank at a right angle. Nail the other vertical board and add the horizontal board to close the rectangle.
  4. Then nail the rest of the horizontal planks to the inside of the frame.
  5. To give the bookcase an asymmetrical look, nail small vertical planks between the shelves, creating modules of similar height but of different width.

Reclaimed wood rectangular bookcase model

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