DIY Crate Cabinet with Sliding Drawers – Life Hacks Tips

DIY Crate Cabinet with Sliding Drawers

Have you seen the handy crates that Home Depot sells? When I was at Haven over the summer there was a display showing uses for crates and ideas for things that could be made using them.

A cabinet made with crates serving as drawers caught my eye and I immediately knew that I wanted to make one.

I decided to make our version of this project with four drawers instead of three.

Note that the drawer slides allow the crate to come out enough for full access.

This storage cabinet has endless possibilities for use. Some ideas include storage for:


Since I’m a teacher, I can think of a million ways that I could use this in my classroom. It’s not going to school, this baby is all mine!

How to Build a DIY Crate Cabinet with Sliding Drawers

Materials Needed:

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4 Crates from Home Depot

3 – 4” x 1” x 8 ft. Poplar Planks

1 – 1” x 2” x 8 ft.

Oak Veneer Plyboard for the Top

Oak Veneer Tape

4 Pair – 16” Drawer Slides

Miter Saw

Circular Saw

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig




Clamping Square

Metal Woodworking Rule

Wood Glue

Finishing Nails

Deck Screws


1. Use the miter saw to cut 4 vertical side pieces 4 feet long. We chose to make our cabinet four feet tall but we could have made it a bit shorter and spaced the drawers closer together or made it a bit taller and spaced the drawers further apart.

2. Cut 12 – 11”long pieces for supports used on the sides and bottom of the cabinet. Five pieces are used on each side, and two pieces across the bottom of the frame.

3. Cut 3 – 15” pieces for supports for the back of the cabinet.

4. Cut 8 – 1 1/4” x 16 1/2” boards to attach to the inside of each crate for some added reinforcement where the drawer slides will attach. We used our table saw to rip wide boards in half, and then the miter saw to cut the boards to length.

Glue each piece to the inside of each crate where the drawer slides will be placed.

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