A Crate Storage and Seating Idea!

Hey friends!

I just wanted to write a quick post today about one of my summer Pinterest projects: making crate seats for my guided reading table.

I wish I knew who came up with this Fabulous idea. Whoever did is my hero!

I decided to make my own crate seats for my classroom because, like many of you, storage is ALWAYS an issue. Plus, they’re super cute and SUPER easy!

Here’s what you’ll need.

1. A Crate for each seat you want to make.


2. Some fun fabric. I’m a BIG fan of Joann Fabric.

3. Some wood. (thank goodness for my hubby who knows how to use a saw)

4. Padding.

padding5. And a staple gun.


Unfortunately, I did not take pictures during the process, but if I make more in the future, I definitely will and add them to this post.

Here’s what you do.

1. Cut your wood so that it sits in the upper lip of the crate.

2. Measure and cut your fabric so it can wrap around the wood with a little hang over so that you can staple it in place. Don’t forget to account for the padding. What I did was lay out my fabric, put the padding down and the wood on top, and then measure from there.

3. After you have your fabric cut, lay out your fabric, put your padding in the middle, and the wood on top.

4. Fold each side in and staple it down. This is much easier with two people.

5. Place your lid on your crate seat, and you’re done! Repeat for each seat you wish to make.

Here’s what the final product looks like!

Crate Seat

The only thing that I would suggest (that I didn’t do) is to add a loop of fabric on either side for a handle to make opening it up a little easier. I actually think I will do that this summer to each seat.

These seats are great for storing guided reading supplies without taking up any extra space. I would definitely recommend making them.

I hope this was helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time!

Martha from Primary Paradise

Have you made crate seats for your classroom? What is your favorite creative storage?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

Primary Paradise

Primary Paradise

I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • practicemakesperfectalmost
    January 10, 2013 2:40 pm

    Fantastic idea! I love the whole extra storage idea, and they are really cute. Thanks for sharing!


    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      January 10, 2013 5:09 pm

      Thanks so much Leslie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • reenie
    January 25, 2013 8:54 pm

    This is a great idea. This will be my over the summer project for next year. Thank you.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      January 26, 2013 7:11 am

      You’re so welcome! They really come in handy, and the kids love to sit on them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie
    June 26, 2013 9:49 pm

    I saw these before but wanted specifics on how to make them. You have set me in the right direction! Thanks!

  • Tara Vincent
    July 11, 2013 11:30 pm

    I made these in my classroom and I stapled a ribbon from one side to the other so all I would have to do is lift …

  • Kristen
    June 30, 2014 9:07 pm

    I have four in my classroom! I use them as movable reading spots for Daily 5. I store pillows inside of them. Two of my pillows fit in each crate. The pillows are also used for reading. It helps corral all of the “stuff” at the end of Daily 5 time. Last year, I used them to store harder chapter books that I had to pull out of storage because I had 1st graders reading on 4th and 5th grade levels. This year, I got another bookshelf to store chapter books on, so I didn’t need the crates to store books anymore.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      July 1, 2014 12:59 pm

      That sounds like a great set up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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