Uses for Milk Crates

My neighbor's mother used milk crates to form all her furniture. Yep, those ugly blue crates. From them, she made a full size bed. She just laid them out evenly and put the top mattress on top. She used them to make a desk top, TV stand, end tables. She also used the crates that 2 liter pop bottles came in and I think she found some at garage sales.


It takes a lot but I have heard also of college kids using them. She moved here from out of state, it was a cheap way to furnish her apartment. I guess some will do almost anything to make do. Sometimes anything is worth a try. These are also available in stores but they may not be as sturdy.

Ariela from FL

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April 28, 2006

After my seeds are growing and in bigger containers, I place them in crates, against the patio doors and windows which are facing west. I am known to have at least 20 crates! The light and air can get through to all plants.

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April 21, 2001

Use milk crates to rotate and separate frozen items in chest freezer. - Shanyn

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December 7, 2006

Plastic milk crates make great closet organizers for stacking clothing. The old sturdy milk crates are pretty hard to come by at this point, but you can purchase light weight plastic crates at the dollar store or department store that work just as well.

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June 11, 2004

How can I make a foot stool and table out of milk crates?



By k2mgkat (Guest Post)
June 11, 20041 found this helpful

The table is easy -- just stack them up to the size you want, cover with something flat (plywood works), then cover with a table cloth. The footstool is a bit more work --- cover a piece of plywood (the size of 1 or 2 crates) with a pad and fabric. You can attach it with a large washer and screw. Hope this helps.

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By Jo (Guest Post)
June 11, 20041 found this helpful

To make it a bit more sturdy you could fasten the milk crates together with plastic 'ties' - the ones you loop round and thread the end through a one way fastener - when they're pulled up tight they don't come undone but you can cut them off. If you are in the US and not sure what I mean from my very inadequate description(!) you could use thin tie wire to fasten them together.


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By 2thowzander (Guest Post)
December 19, 20041 found this helpful

zip ties!.. nice
nuts bolts and washers work
try stacking them and wrapping duck tape around them.
There are brown rolls of tape, as well as other crazy colors
wrapp the entire outer surface of how ever many you want to stack up, treat the tape as if it were molding and you were making ornate facial molding or the shelf.

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By (Guest Post)
March 28, 20051 found this helpful

Dont do it ,,,I was arrested "obtaining "a few tosupport my bed.

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By Brian (Guest Post)
July 31, 20051 found this helpful

There's a special chemical compund that permenantly joins the plastics it's placed on. You can find it at Home Depot or Lowes. Look for a product called PVC Glue. It's manufactured for use in PVC plumbing fixtures, but if you put it around the perimeter of both crates, and then clamp them together for a little while, it will create a nice secure hold.

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By Van (Guest Post)
July 31, 20050 found this helpful

Milk crates can be bought at Dollar General Stores. You don't have to "borrow" them and get arrested.

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By milk man (Guest Post)
November 17, 20050 found this helpful

do you realize what it cost a company per year for stolen milk crates? Its up to a million dollars what dairies must put out due to people stealing these. Buy from your local hardware store, if you are caught with these the dairy has the right to fine you and or in some cases have a person arrested.

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By milk man (Guest Post)
November 17, 20050 found this helpful

dont steal them

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November 17, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Milkman,
We don't encourage theft here at ThriftyFun. Here is a place where you can buy milk crates new.

Thanks for the information.
Susan from ThriftyFun

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By (Guest Post)
January 9, 20090 found this helpful

To answer your question, if you are still seeking an answer, for the foot stool, you turn one upside down and place it in front of a chair. For a table, you align several crates next to each other, upside down, and then stack a couple on top of each of the aligned crates.

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May 20, 20120 found this helpful

If you really want to get genuine milk crates directly and not pay to resellers then it's better to buy them from manufacturer. The best quality I found so far is here:
You even can have your logo molded-in or hot-stamped.

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May 21, 20170 found this helpful

They wouldn't support much. They are flimsy and cheap. If you want good ones, you need the kind that are plastic coated metal.

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