Milk Crate Seats

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  1. UVAgrl928

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    So instead of our normal Friday night date night... my bf and I put together some crate seats! Here is the result:

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  3. GG Fan

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    Very cute! How do you make them?
     
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    adorable!!
     
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    Thanks! I had been wanting to make these for almost a year. I got the crates from Target and Walmart, along with the fabric (I just got a pack of fabric scraps... they fit perfectly). I went to Home Depot and got some plywood (and they cut it for me there). Since I didn't want the kids to have to sit right on the board, I got a little bit of stuffing (from Michaels) to put on top of the board. Just covered the wood and stuffing with fabric with a heavy duty stapler. I know some people add hinges or holes, but I wanted them as simple as possible. I just stapled some ribbon underneath to use as a pull tab (you can see it on the second picture on the right side of the crate)! I hope I explained that well enough!
     
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    Those are adorable!
     
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    Great job!! I have seen these before and love the idea. Another option is to buy chair pads as cushions- You may be able to find at the Dollar Store but I'm sure not as cute fabrics as the OP's. :thumb:
     
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    Great idea! Good job with making them!
     
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    These are really very nice! I think I could even do that!
     
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    Those are cute!
     
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    They look great!
     
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    Those are absolutely amazing.
     
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    Aww, I wish my students were small enough for these! :)
     
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    I love the colors and patterns! Very cute and practical!
     
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    Love 'em! I wouldn't be able to make them anytime soon, but the idea is amazing...I guess I can add them to my dream list!
     
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    Wonderful idea
     
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    What do you mean exactly by 'fabric scraps?' Did you make 5? How long did that take?
     
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    The fabric scraps were sold in a pack of 5 (about 14" by 14"), instead of buying the fabric by the yard.

    The hardest part/longest part was getting the wood cut. I got the wood at Home Depot, and they cut it for me (I brought in the crate and they measured and cut, and we checked to make sure it fit). The rest of the process was pretty fast... just had to cut the foam to the size of the board, and the fabric was already cut! I used a craft stapler and just stapled the fabric on the bottom, along with a little piece of ribbon so I can pull up the seat for storage. It may not look so pretty underneath, but I am the only one seeing it (except for all the other teachers on my grade level that now want to do it and had to check it out, lol). I think the 5 seats took about an hour to put together, but it did help to have an extra hand... I held the fabric while the bf stapled.

    We had open house the other day, and some of my old students came by to visit and loved the seats! They were jealous that my new students get to use them and they didn't.
     
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    Did you buy the fabric at a normal old fabric store? Do you mind if I ask how much the plywood cost? :)
     
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    I am inspired by these, though I am doing something a tad different. I still have the wood, but then I found foam (in very good shape) at a thrift store to put on top of it. Then I will have throws to cover the whole thing, including the crates. The throws will be stapled or pinned in. I am going to do three crates together to make a "couch".

    Though I may do a few like yours, eventually, with turquoise crates from Target because I think those are BEAUTIFUL! I would have black cushions. It's just the rest of my (current) crates that do not match!
     
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    Love these! They look great!
     
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    Really cute! Would the crate be sturdy enough for sitting if turned on it's side so that books or whatever could be stored & accessible to students?
    I have a small area under a "fort" that I plan to use for my book area. A seating & storage area combo would be great!
    I was interested also in the cost. I'm wondering if it would be less costly to build a simple bench & put a cushion on top by the time you purchase crates & supplies?
     
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    I just saw this on a teacher blog but they added a ribbon across the middle to make it easier to carry.
     
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    I love those! I teach middle school and the kids still like to sit around the room and out of their desk. I let it happen sometimes (more towards to end of the year) but they have to sit on the floor. I may make some of these and have them in my room for maybethe student of the day, or someone who has in some way earned that extra treat!?!?!?!

    Very cool ... thanks for sharing:thumb:
     
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    Love it! What a great idea!
     
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    Mee too. These are so cute!!
     
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    So cute and creative--your kids will love those!
     
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    Love these! I'm thinking of crates for storage because my students have tables, I wonder if I could do this to them...

    Seems expensive though...
     
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    I saw crates like these at Target today for $3.59 each, in their back to school section. Immediately thought of this thread when I saw them too! :lol:
     
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    Oh my goodness, CUTE! What a great way to shake it up a little bit. The kids will love these!
     
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    will they hold sixth graders? I love them, but they are small I think for my kids.
     
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    I want to make these but I teach fourth and there are some very large kids. There are many who easily weigh over two hundred pounds. What do you think the weight limit is?
     
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    Those are so adorable. Are they replacing student desks, or used for something special?
     
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    I love these. I'm thinking about making 1, yes one. There are times that I need to sit on the floor, but there are days that I get down & have a hard time getting up! This would put me lower to the floor. Just have to worry about bending over, maybe not such a great idea afterall. I love the idea of storage space!

    I have actual milk crates that are very sturdy.
     
  36. Ms.Jasztal

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    I will have about ten crate seats this year. The only thing... I don't think I have ever had a fourth grade student who could not sit on one. They are pretty durable if you use wood to make it even sturdier and then some extra cushioning.
     
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    Adorable!
     
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    Hello all,
    I'm new to the site but I had to comment on these....they are just great!!!
     
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    That's good to know. I don't want a seat to break on a kid.
     
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    I really want some!
     
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    Yes that would be devistating!! When I was in 2nd grade, there was a chair in the classroom that was already broke and the legs weren't even connected. I sat in it and it fell apart. Not only was I horrified but the teacher says "That's what happens when you eat too many chips" (My dad worked for Frito Lay and drove a truck which is what she was referring to. I lived in a small town so eveyone knew everything about everyone else!!) I was so embarrased and I wasn't even big but I will never forget how it made me feel .... :(
     

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