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Milk crates are very versitile, and for many, a college staple. Often it doesn’t take more than a few bungee cords or a length of rope to turn a few into whatever storage or furniture solution you need. Here’s a chandelier made from several. The linked article also has several other milk crate furniture mods. Via Core77.

Here at MAKE, we believe in the perpetuation of milk crate ingenuity. Here are a few more:

Milk crate crab pots!
Milk crate jerky maker
Milk crate bicycle saddlebags
cratepeoplecropped.png Crate people on CRAFT

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Jason

    This reminds me of Red Green Milk crate pullout bed :)

  • Becky Stern

    Oh yeah! I’m glad to meet another fan. =]

  • Anonymous

    I have a set of shelves made out of 6 milk crates. Zip-tied them together. I keep all minds of stuff in them, mostly old textbooks though.

    Milk crates are awesome. Maybe someone should post any good (legal) ways they know to acquire them? Mine were stolen for me by my ex-girlfriend from her fast food job.