DIY Milk Crate Seats

10 Jan

      IMG_1748I am a little bit in LOVE with Pinterest (follow me, @mrswansink) and have been having a ball finding ideas for my classroom.  One of my recent DIY projects is the ever popular – Milk Crate Seat.  Crates can be bought from amazon and other storage solution suppliers; I found some at a second hand store.  This project is not my original idea however I am not sure where to source it as it is all over pinterest at the moment.  Below is how I tackled the project 🙂

Materials:

  • 12mm MDF (cut to size)
  • cushion stuffing or foam
  • material for the seat cover
  • staple gun
  • 20mm screws

Step 1: Measure dimensions inside the crate lip – have wood cut (both Magnet Mart and Bunnings will cut it for you) 1/2 cm smaller on each side than the measurement. This piece will keep your seat top from sliding around.  You may need to round off the corners of the smaller square to fit it inside the lip of the crate.

Milk crates

Step 2: Measure dimensions outside of the crate lip – have wood cut 1 cm larger on each side than the measurement. This piece will be your cushioned seat.

MDF

Step 3: Cut the foam and material to size . Foam should close in size to the larger square. Allow 10 cm excess on each side of the material for wrapping and stapling.

Cut material and foam to size

Step 4: Wrap the material tightly and staple to the back of the MDF (large square).

Staple material tightly to base

Step 5: Place the smaller square of MDF in the centre of the back of the seat, screw down (we pre-drilled so as to avoid splitting the MDF).  Clamps can be used to help with this (I also found my husband incredibly useful).

Drill smaller piece to the base

Ta Da 🙂 The seats are sturdy enough to be sat on and have room underneath for storage.

Finished Project

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28 Responses to “DIY Milk Crate Seats”

  1. Marilyn March 31, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    what is a MDF?

    • Mrs Wansink March 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      MDF is a type of fabricated wood…ask for it at your local hardware store – they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. I can’t remember what it stands for, sorry 🙂

      • AliRia March 31, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

        Medium-density fibreboard…:-)

      • Dayle Connolly April 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

        it is made with wood hips and lots of glue. A 4 x 8 sheet is 1 inch bigger around than an ordinary sheet of plywood and it is very heavy.

  2. Sara August 7, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    How many yards of fabric would I need for 5 seats?

    • Mrs Wansink September 2, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

      Hmmm…. I’m not sure of the conversion for yards but I think 1metre would be more than enough per seat.

  3. April July 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    Did lowes cut your wood for you?

    • Mrs Wansink July 10, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      No, my wonderful husband did it for me.

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