While this may not be the prettiest table I’ve ever made, it’s a very necessary one. I recently made a DIY crate side table. As I had mentioned in another post, my MIL recently went to a supportive care facility.In moving and swapping furniture,we found she needed something to fit between the sink and the toilet. It couldn’t be more than 17 inches wide, but it needed to be tall enough for her to put some things on with some storage. I looked around at the size and height we needed, and I couldn’t find anything for under $60-$80. Even Ikea was expensive, so I decided to hack oneself.
I found the crates at Michaels for $10 each. It worked out great since I am there all of the time anyway (Ha, ha.). I picked up 4 legs at $2.78 each, and 4 leg plates to screw them into for about $3.00 each at the home improvement store. I wouldn’t plan on this holding a lot of weight, but it’s perfect for a simple storage option for smaller things. I would also consider, depending on how tall it is, putting an anti-tip device on it in case there are little ones around.
The best part is, it only took me about 20 minutes to actually put together.
The biggest issue I had was having to drill slowly enough, I started to split the wood when I added the plates in a few places. Pre-drilling might have been a good idea.
After my plates were in, I added the feet. The plates are nice, because the feet screw right in!
I then used some short screws and wood glue to attach the two crates together for the crate side table, and it was ready for paint.
Since it was for Nana, I actually let my Middle paint it and she did a really nice job! We just used a big,inexpensive jar of acrylic craft paint.
I would have liked to have done a fun color, but for my MIL white was going to work.
This would probably be a great storage option for a college student, or some young person in their first apartment. For my MIL it’s kind of like that. I feel like we are setting her up at college in her own senior dorm room. I did notice the top crate is not a “square” as the bottom one, so make sure the ones you pick are not wonky, like I didn’t do. Mine has a little lean to it, but that’s ok.
I know I styled it like a book shelf, but toilet paper and toothpaste isn’t as pretty. I am going to find some baskets that fit in the spaces to hold her toiletries.
If you have a college student, or an aging parent who needs some extra storage this DIY crate side table might be a good option. I tease her that now she’s going to start partying, and forget about us. She actually has some really nice friends she’s made, and there’s lots of activities for her to do.
I am happy for her, and a bit relieved. We were worried about her on her own for a long time.I’ll tell you, this sandwich generation is harder than I thought, but I am glad we can get her somewhere where she can enjoy herself a bit. My own grandmother resisted going into an senior living facility for years. When we finally got her out of the city, where she was all by herself and lonely, into a place where she basically had her own apartment, but was surrounded by people her own age, and stuff to do, she was so much happier. She kept saying she wondered why she didn’t do it 10 year earlier. Quite honestly,it made us want to bang our head against the wall, because we kept trying to tell her it would be better. I think it’s one of those things they just have to decide on their own. She lived until she was 99,even after a massive stroke, and I think it was because loneliness can be a heart breaker. My own mom keeps insisting when the time comes to move out of her house she promises she’ll go quietly, but I’ll see it when I believe it. Right mom? Ha ha.