Crate Seat

Storage Crate Stools

I have seen several versions of how to make a Crate Seat and have been wanting to make one, or several, for a while. The possible uses for these seats/stools are endless. With little ones around, they are perfect for storing toys, art supplies, books, and so much more but they are also the perfect height for little ones to sit on! And as a Kindergarten teacher, they are perfect for the classroom!

DIY Storage Crate Seat/Stool


  • 1 plastic crate – the type that hold files are perfect and inexpensive
  • Fabric – will need to be about 6” wider and 6” longer than your crate
  • Quilt batting – the same size as the fabric
  • Polyester filling
  • Staple gun
  • 1 piece of ply wood or OSB – this will need to be cut to fit inside the crate

Storage Crate Supplies 1


The first thing you’ll need to do is cut down the plywood or OSB that will become your cushion. If you do not have a saw to do this most home improvement stores will cut wood down to size upon request. The crates for file storage are perfect because the lip that holds the files will support the cushion. Make sure to measure twice and have the board cut!

Storage Crate Supplies 2

Next you will need to cut the fabric to size. Place your fabric face down on your work surface. Use your board for a guide to cut down the fabric leaving about 3” on all sides.

Storage Crate Process

Repeat the process with the quilt batting. Layer the quilt batting on top of the backside of the fabric.

Storage Crate Process 2

Loosely pile the polyester fill on top of your board and place it upside down on top of your batting and fabric.

Storage Crate Process 3

Fold the sides and ends of the batting up and over the board. Pull tightly to secure the polyester filling and create a pillowed look. Staple the batting into place.

Storage Crate Process 4

This is what it will look like.

Storage Crate Process 5

Repeat the process with the fabric, stapling that in place as well.

Storage Crate Process 6

Turn the board over to see your finished cushion. It should fit perfectly inside the crate and rest on the lip for a sturdy stool!

Storage Crate Stools