8 Creative Uses for Wine Crates

There is something very satisfying about re-using everyday items in a new way.  And when it comes to re-purposed décor elements, wine crates are up there with the best of them.  They are great for displaying items and for storage.

Now I’m not suggesting you drink your way through copious amounts of alcohol just to collect some crates, but if that’s what you want to do, who am I to stop you! But you can probably pick them up for next to nothing at your nearest off licence.

Whichever way you collect them, here are my top 8 creative ways to use them:-

#1 -Use a mini canteen.

This idea would work particularly well in an small office or in a kitchen where there isn’t much counter space.  Fix a couple of boxes to the wall and you have a very pretty area to store cups, cannisters etc.

#2 – In the smallest room in the house

Stack a couple of crates to store extra toiletries and give your bathroom a vintage feel.

#3 – Re-Using is not just for humans!

How about this genius idea from Design Sponge.  Make a vintage feeder for your pooch using a re-cycled crate!

#4 – Bookshelves aren’t just for books!

I love this bespoke shelving unit from Apartment Therapy   If you think it’s a bit too industrial for your living room, it would work very well as  a shelving system in a work shop or shed.

#5 – Picture Display

This one is my absolute favourite. How about this for a picture gallery! Ok technically it’s a pallet and not a crate, but I love it so much I had to include it.

Wine crate picture holder

#6 – Add a vintage touch to the office.

Arianna Interiors created this lovely office storage area.  The inspiration board above the crates is a lovely touch.

#7 – Shoes off the floor.

Sick of the kids shoes all over the floor.  Here’s a colourful solution.

#8 – In the shed.

Keep your shed organised by stacking crates vertically and horizontailly to keep your tools. Secure the crates by connecting them together with screws and collars for safety.


As you can see, the possibilities are endless.  Have you used crates in your home, I’d love to hear about where and how you’ve used them.

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.


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  3. I love this office storage area and lovely furniture with a picture gallery.  Different colors provide a pretty look to home. I would like to thank you to share this with us.
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  5. Love all your great ideas with the wine crates! Perfect storage solutions, this will work perfectly on my old style home, where can I buy these crates?? Thanks, Paula, dublin, Ireland

  6. Hi Paula, thanks for visiting my blog. The best place to source these in Dublin is probably on Donedeal.ie or possibly from your local wine merchants. Hope that helps. Karen

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