Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Made It: A Picture Tutorial of Making a Big Kid Crate Bench!! :)

I am so excited to link up for Monday Made It today because I've had this project in the works for a few days now. I saw a million pins on Pinterest for crate seats, but I thought a bench would be more useful in my classroom. I have fourth graders that range in size and we spend a lot of time reading on the carpet. My students LOVE sitting on fun seats and I think a crate bench or two will surely make the students enjoy time on the carpet too. I do like how it came out, but I'd like it more if it was chevron. I let my son pick out the material because all the chevron material had white in it, and I knew better than to use that. If this material doesn't last, I will recover it with a plastic table cloth from the Christmas Tree Shop. It will be easy to wipe down and stay thick.

*2 yards of fabric (dark colors will hide dirt)
*3 sturdy crates (I found out local grocery stores or gas stations will donate some to you)
*1.5in plywood (cut to the length of your bench/Home Depot will cut it for you if you ask nicely!)
*A staple gun
*A glue gun 
*Foam, old chair cushions, or some type of fluff for the bench
*(6 of each) 1.5 inch hex bolts, 5/16 in diameter, 5/16 nuts and fender washers that would span the diameter of the crate 

I took pictures through every step to help out anyone interested in making a crate bench! I hope this makes sense. Please let me know if you have any questions! :)

SO if you'd like to try making one of these, here are the steps you can take...

I hope you like them! I will let you all know how they last! :)

Don't forget! You can't miss the TPT sale (it's actually August 4-5th)!! My whole store is on sale!


  1. I would LOVE to make these but am not sure if I can find sturdy enough ones for middle school kids! But maybe if I ask for true milk crates from the grocery store....

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  2. I love how it turned out! I need to redo the fabric on mine. I haven learned to do everything in super dark color because goodness knows the dirt is gonna show!!

    Teaching with Hope

  3. Super cool idea! I'm in the process of making crate seats too! Wish I had seen your post before! Maybe I'll do both! I'll add a bench to my list and see what happens!



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