Stacking plastic crates in a pyramid to climb up one side and down the other may be cute to some. But the milk crate challenge is downright dangerous, as viral videos show. To forestall injury to those who may want to try it, we suggest here a few more creative, and safer, ways to use milk crates.

  1. Milk Crate Ottoman

Plastic crates are a hot décor item in some places as stools. But their rigidity makes them uncomfortable to sit on for long periods. Adding padding makes them comfier, however, and transforms them into functional ottomans. The best thing about this is you don’t need an upholster to make one. All you need is a glue gun, wood, foam padding and attractive fabric. There are even tutorials online to guide you.

  1. Milk Crate Bookshelf

These crates make perfect storage containers, making them an exquisite choice for DIY bookshelves. Because they are stackable, you get to decide the perfect size for you, whether you want a towering stand for 500 books or something smaller now that we read so much on our devices. Stacked on their side, plastic crates are perfect for storing books.

  1. Portable Toy Box for Kids

How many times have you replaced your child’s toy box? Crates are an inexpensive option. They are portable and sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about your child damaging the plastic. They are ideal for packing away toys and are easy to carry around the house or yard, depending on where your child wants to play. Add a set of wheels to improve their convenience.

  1. Planters

This one is perfect for those with green thumbs and nowhere to farm. First, line the crates with plastic, fill them with some soil, plant your seeds, and water as necessary. Plastic crate planters are ideal for kitchen gardens and backyard and balcony farming. These crates are durable and can be reused multiple times.

  1. Filing Bin

Are you running out of space to file your documents at your home office? No problem! You can use milk crates as filing bins. They are available in several colours that you can choose to fit any theme. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get organised.