Once used to cart bottles to restaurants and vending machines, vintage wooden soda crates can be found at flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales. They are typically made with pine slats, reinforced with metal braces at the corners and feature once-bright painted soda logos that have faded after years of wear. If you can't find an authentic vintage crate, keep an eye on home decor stores, since many large retailers are selling new variations.
One Compartment Crates
Soda crates are generally about 18-inches long and 12-inches wide with different depths. They come with and without interior partitions. A crate with one big compartment can be made into many things. A shallow crate has several uses such as a magazine bin, an office in-box or a child's toy box.
Screw casters to bottom of a larger crate, and use it as a toy box, newspaper recycling center or laundry hamper. Try stacking a few larger crates together to make a rustic bookcase unit.
Soda crates with two compartments are typically about 5-inches deep and are divided by a single wood partition. Repurpose one into a wall storage unit to stack a paperback books, CDs or DVDs. Hang one in the bathroom and use it to stash rolled hand towels, a box of tissue paper, a few rolls or toilet paper or various lotions and potions. You can also make on into a shadow box that frame a cherished keepsake or charming perch for a flower-filled vase, a houseplant or a small ceramic teapot.
Many soda crates have several partitions that created eight or 16 compartments. Originally used to separate bottles and prevent breakage, you can reinvent them as closet organizers for socks, belts, scarves or other small, hard-to-contain items. Attach drawer pulls to the sides and use it as an indoor/outdoor caddy for forks, spoons, napkins, condiments and even sodas for a cookout. Hang a multi-partition crate on an office wall and you have an instant mail sorter. Crafters can use them to organize fabrics, yarn, paintbrushes and other supplies.
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