Picture of Milk Crate Credenza
Milk crates. Classic dorm-room, bachelor-pad, record-crating readymade storage. The logic is unassailable: modular, stackable, sturdy, and cheap.

But can they be elevated, aesthetically and practically? I've tried before, and came up with a quick wall-mounted solution. Recently, I came into a trove of crates while demo-ing out an old building at work. I wanted to come up with a piece of free-standing milk crate furniture that didn't look cheap.

The Milk Crate Credenza is light, strong, and handsome enough, reveling in rugged simplicity. A beautiful wood top contrasts with the cold, clean plastic while tying the crates together structurally. Made with little more than a drill and zip-ties, it took about two hours to put together. 

Milk crates are not free for the taking from behind stores. Those stores, or the dairy companies, pay for the crates, and when they go missing, it hits the bottom line. Be respectful. Ask. Shop owners may part with a few lightly damaged ones. New crates are available all over the internet, at dozens of sites. Thrift stores, record shops, and dumpsters are other solid sources. If it is not directly behind an establishment that sells or uses milk, then it is probably abandoned to the world and available to take. Check out Milkcrate Digest for more info on legally acquiring crates.

And, if you folks enjoy the piece, please throw a vote my way in the Furniture Contest! Furniture is all I post here at 'structables, and I'd love a little love to keep 'em coming!

You will need these materials:

3-5 milk crates
1 piece of 1" x 12" material, about 4' long, or plywood, etc.
Wood finish of your choice

You will need these tools:

Angle grinder, Dremel, or hacksaw
Circular saw or table saw
Needle-nose pliers
Wire nippers or scissors
Tape measure


Utest very good
gare84212 years ago
Cool design
vincent75202 years ago
The credenza feet made out of a milk crate made me laugh so much that it made my rainy sunday !!!…
Not only this is a brilliant idea but I also think it has a lot of humor in it !!!…
Thank you for sharing !!!…
World's best drill and driver. Maybe world's best tools. Nice Instructable, too.
dulciquilt2 years ago
I would add a single corner for legs on the ends and center to give a little extra strength. Place them on the edge in the center of the end crates and one in the center of the middle crates. -:-:-
Looks awesome. I think I might also paint the crates for polish, but it looks good either way!
very neat-o :0)
Love the design! Wonderful piece of furniture and great reuse :)
P.S. Can you sit on it?