Saturday, January 28, 2017

Vintage Crate Turned Rolling Ottoman

Today I want to share how I turned an vintage crate into a rolling ottoman, so much more usable. I do not have much room but wanted both so I came up with this idea.

Vintage Crate Turned Rolling Ottoman 

Hey guys, I am back today to do a DIY on a rolling ottoman I made a couple years back. Also you can see how I changed the casters to work better with our wooden floors.

I had to make more storage for smaller items in my living room, I had this vintage wooden crate that held some dog toys but I also needed a foot stool so I came up with the idea of adding a padded top and wheels to it, now it has a dual purpose.

My vintage crate filled with dog toys

My plan was to train my dogs that when they took their toys out that on command they would clean up! LOL yeah ok, what was I thinking.

Well I needed a foot stool for my small living room but did not have enough room for both. That is when I did some searching on rolling crates and thought of adding a top to use for a comfortable foot stool.

I started by cleaning out the toys and getting my supplies together.......

Supplies Needed:

1. What ever crate you want to use, mine was a vintage milk crate.

2. Set of casters, at first I picked these smaller black ones but later changed them out for bigger clear ones (see pictures below). The bigger clear casters seemed to work better for our hardwood floors.

3. A board cut to fit the size top you want, mine was just a piece of scrap wood we had. (don't mind the writing on the top)

4. Set of screws and washers that you will attach the caster with. I got a size that would hold the casters securely but would not poke through the bottom of the crate. With a newer crate that is made with thinner wood they might poke through more.

5. A set of utility hinges. I picked a set of 2 but if you have 1 longer hinge that would work as well and would go the full length of the top
6. Foam padding cut to the size of the wooden top.

7. Fabric to cover the foam and wooden top. I used a thin painters tarp, it is still going strong today.
(about 2 years now)

8. Glue to attached the foam to the wood.

Now glue the foam padding to the top of the wooden board.

Lay out your fabric and cut to size, leaving a little extra that you can attached to the bottom of the wood.

Now attach the fabric using a heavy duty staple gun.

Now you can attach the casters and the hinges.........

Once that is all done you can flip it over and start to use it.........

Now here are some pictures of the ottoman today..........

See the new wheel that we are now using on the crate.

Well that is how I made my vintage crate into a rolling ottoman. I hope I was able to give you some inspiration if this is something that you want to try.

If you have any questions, need help or just want to say hello I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Have you tried something like this as well? I would love to hear about it.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have an awesome day...

Be Blessed,


  1. What a GREAT ottoman! I'd like to feature it tomorrow at Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party! I hope you have time to join us again! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Oh Marci, thank you so much hun. :-)

  2. This turned out just lovely!! Thank you for sharing with as at the To Grandma's house we go link party, you will be featured in the new party starting tomorrow, hope to see you there!

  3. LOL! I'm actually from Lindenhurst L.I. and remember the Babylon Milk & Cream Co. I believe it was behind the A & P on Wellwood Avenue!
    Nice work!

    1. Oh wow that is cool. I cant even remember where I got this crate from I have it for so long....LOL Thanks for your sweet comment hun, have a great day. :-)

  4. What a great upcycle project! You have storage and the functionality of an ottoman, too. Plus, you have the vintage vibe of preserving the dairy stenciling on the crate. Very nice!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words hun. Have a great day. :-)

  5. I can give you an amazing idea. When you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on an entertainment center, position a few milk crates on the floor with the open ends facing out. You can put your TV on top of the crates and organize your media and cable boxes and game consoles within the crates. There are even holes in the back for the cables to snake through!

    1. Great idea, I love using old crates. I have 2 and a top to make a desk in my sons room and they love it. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

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