I kind of have a thing for crates and wooden boxes. They’re so adaptable and look great! Not to mention either cheap or even free (if you know where to look), and guess what – have storage! For me thats already everything I need. They tend to come in good sizes as well so you can fit them into small spaces, which is exactly how we ended up using them. I used to work in a place that got a delivery of Saxhyttegubben Blåbar juice and they delivered the juices in these beautiful wooden crates. Those crates were then never collected back by the company so we either had to throw them away or, if you smart like me, keep them! Oh and as a side note the juices are SO delicious! Really hit the good ol’ Nordic in me again as they are picked from the forests of Sweden and their surroundings, and aren’t simply bush grown. Believe me, there is a difference!
Sadly over the years I’ve broken a few through countless moves, but I still have 4 that have made it through! I’ve used them in every way you can think of. From just shelves on an ikea storage shelf unit, to paper recylers, a night stand, and now as an occasional table. I just love the fact I can hide so much stuff in them and they still look great. They’re quite fantastic in many different interior styles as well. And as my hubs also mentioned, you can paint them whatever colour you want to suit your interior. We haven’t gotten around to doing that as that is one of his manly man duties which he one day needs to also finish. Spray paint tends to be quick, cheap, and fast, but you can find whatever paint that tickles your fancy. You simply wouldn’t believe just how much these small boxes can conceal. Not to mention you can usually get them for free if you just know where to ask or look. Try a few cafés around where you live, supermarkets, flee markets, or even just sometimes outside shops. If you wanna get some juice as well as crates then order some juice from the Saxhyttegubbe online store! 😀 I’ve also often seen apple crates for really cheap on Gumtree or Etsy, or if you want more bespoke ones you can try www.crates4you.com . The wooden crates are great for a rustic or traditional look, or if you’re going for that country/barn style of look. We have quite a simplistic scandinavian style and it works brilliantly with that as well. So have a look around and see what you can do with some free (or at least cheap), versatile boxes! You’ll be pleasantly surprised!