Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Poolside Storage Unit

diy poolside storage unit using crates

Using crates for storage isn't a new concept but I'm taking them poolside for the summer to store towels and toys.  A great solution for everyone - the kids know exactly where to find googles and small toys and towels are at the ready when they emerge plus mom doesn't have to run around searching for things.

diy poolside storage unit using crates

The folks at Crates & Pallet have put together some very creative and amazing diy bloggers to bring you lots of Summer Storage ideas using these large crates and BONUS there's a giveaway down below!  Be sure to stop by a visit these lovely ladies and check out their projects:

My poolside storage unit is pretty straight forward with three large crates stacked (and attached) on top of each other plus a diy base and top.  I also added a 'pull-out drawer' by resizing one of the large crates to fit inside another large crate.  Pretty genius I thought ;) 

diy poolside storage unit using crates


Although I used all large crates for this project did you know Crates & Pallet makes crates and pallets in various sizes and shapes and they are available at major big box retailers like The Home Depot, Walmart, Jo-Anns and online at houzz.com and wayfair.com.  To see their entire assortment of products click here.  

diy poolside storage unit using crates


Supplies:
  • 4 large crates
  • 1 - 2x2x6 board
  • 2 1/2" exterior pocket hole screws
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/4" exterior grade wood screws
  • 1" exterior grade wood screws
  • 3/4" finish nails
  • 1 - 1x4x6 cedar board
  • clear exterior grade polyureathane (spray is easiest)

diy storage unit base

Step 1: Build the base.  Using the printable PDF plans here build the base using 2x2 boards and 2 1/2" exterior grade pocket hole screws.

diy storage unit base

TIP: Keep the pocket holes facing upwards (they will be covered by the crate), it's easier to attach the short sides this way versus using a right angle drill.

diy storage unit using crates

Step 2: Attach the first crate to the base using wood glue and 1 1/4" exterior grade wood screws.

diy storage unit using crates

Step 3: Attach the next crate to the previous crate using 1" exterior grade wood screws, angle the screws up in from the underside of the lower crate into the thick side portion of the upper crate (marked in bright blue on the picture above).  Do this for all four corners.

Stack one last crate on top of the previous for a total of three crates.  Attach using wood screws. 

disassembly of crate to resize

Step 4: To make the 'pull-out drawer' disassemble the last large crate, it will be rebuilt to fit inside the bottom large crate.  Gently pry off the side and bottom slats using a putty knife or pry bar.

disassembly of crate to resize

Once completely disassembled you will have 2 end pieces and 13 slats.

resizing of large crate to make pull out drawer

Step 5: Trim down the end pieces to 8 1/2" wide as shown above.

resizing of large crate to make pull out drawer

Step 6: Trim down the slat pieces to 16" long.  Begin reassembly starting with the bottom slats (run four across the bottom with equal spacing).  Then move to the sides, use wood glue and 3/4" finish nails or staples.  You will have one leftover extra slat.

Attach a handle at center front if desired.

Step 7: To make a smooth top add 3 cedar boards cut to 19 1/2"l.  Secure the boards to the top crate from the underside using wood glue and 1" wood screws.

Seal everything with exterior grade clear satin polyurethane spray to protect the wood from the elements. 

diy poolside towel and toy storage unit


To get you started on your summer storage project we are giving away a $50 gift card to The Home Depot for 3 lucky readers!  This giveaway is only open to US residents and ends on July 21st.

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Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Crates & Pallet.  I have received compensation and / or product for review in order to complete this project.  All thoughts, opinions and creative ideas are my own.

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