Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Made It: Crate and Drawer Storage

Hi friends! Happy Monday!
My Monday Made It is a little......... unfinished-looking today. Also my title for this project is not good... I think you'll understand what I mean though. :)

This week I made a crate and fabric drawer and shelf storage thingy for my class!
I was inspired by Stephanie at 3rd Grade Thoughts! Like her, I have an awkward space underneath my whiteboard in my room. This year it was occupied by my Even and Odd Street...
but next year I want to use the space productively. I don't have any in-classroom storage whatsoever. No built-in cabinets, no shelves, nothing. So this will give me some space to store things for Daily Five or whatevs.

The supplies were easy to get! I bought 4 crates at Target (they're on sale right now for $3!), I bought the fabric drawers at Aldi (2 for $5.99! WOW!), and I got the board at Menard's (it was around $7 or so in the lumber section of the store). The board measures... 1" by 12" by 72"... 1 inch thick, 12 inches wide, and 72 inches long. Or 6 feet, however you want to say it.

The crates are ziptied together. I haven't officially attached the board yet because I don't think I could get this contraption into my car if I did. :)

My random baskets are to show what will be there! I plan to buy legit baskets to put my little chalkboards in and my whisper phones and all that jazz.

The drawers will have my Listen to Reading materials, perhaps my Word Work materials, stuffed animals for the kids to read aloud to, and so on!

I am excited about this new storage option in my class!


  1. What a great idea. I love the storage bins. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower and am looking forward to reading more.
    Happy Teaching,
    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  2. I have my dad working on a bench like this, but I haven't bought the materials yet. Thanks for the heads up on Target and Aldi! Off to shop!

    Inside this Book

  3. I would love one of these! But I don't think I'd be handy enough, lol. Yours turned out great!

    Down The Learning Road

  4. Love your bench. I'm looking to make one for my daughter's room!

    Success in Second Grade

  5. Very cute! I imagine it will help with organization.
    Thanks for sharing.


  6. I love the crate and storage thingy. I bet your kids will, too!

    Lifelong Learning

  7. Your storage looks great! Definitely something for me to think about since I always have unused space under my whiteboards too.. Thanks so much for sharing this! :) Love it.

    Reaching for the TOP!

  8. DOUBLE LIKE!!! CLEVER AND FUNCTIONAL!!! Thanks for sharing; now I just need to attempt something similiar! (check out my Blog if you have not done so already)

  9. I love it! I plan on making one also!


  10. Nice bench! I made one too- but split it half to have double drawers.
    The Meek Moose

  11. oooo...this is beautiful!!! I can't wait to see your room Jill :)

  12. Love this! What a great way to use the space and organize materials.

  13. Super idea! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Very cute! I've seen these all over the place and have just been too lazy to try it!

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    The Fabulous First Grade

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