Fruit Crate Bookcase

Turning Fruit Crates into a Bookcase

Last weekend, I took on a big interior project. I’ve been wanting a bookcase for a long time but not seen any out there which I like. Besides, I can’t have the flat full of IKEA furniture, no matter how much I love them. I had a little look around the internet and also noticed that in a lot of stores they make use of fruit crates to store products. On eBay, I found a seller who could ship me eight crates for £48 with free delivery. That’s the best deal I’ve come across and far cheaper than a ready made book case.

White fruit case bookcase

Some of the fruit cases turned up in a really good condition and others less so. I had already thought of painting them but because of this, and also realising none of my books or decorations would stand out in brown crates, I decided to paint them white. This took me a very long time (all weekend) but like I’ve mentioned before, it was very therapeutic. Wilko sell really cheap and long lasting paint so I only needed 1 litre for all crates.

Brown fruit case bookcase

I’m very happy with the result. It was fun playing Tetris for a while figuring out how I wanted the boxes placed. First I made more gaps between the top boxes to create additional surface but when placing objects on them they weren’t as sturdy as I’d hoped. Despite this I’m very pleased with how the bookcase turned out. I’ve still got room to fill it with more books and other interior object I’m sure I’ll come across over the years.

Tetris bookcaseWhite bookcase

The good thing with this bookcase is that I can swap the crates around if I feel like a change and if or when I move out, I can use them all to pack in. That’s what I call a win win situation.

Have you got any DIY projects in mind? What do you think of my bookcase?

Jennie xx


  • Tina

    I love this! It’s perfect and adds your own touch to a place. I have thought of using them in the kitchen, but not as shelving so great idea! 🙂

    • Jennie

      Thanks 🙂 Since I made this I see them being used everywhere now. If my hallway wasn’t so small, I’d have two there too for storage. In the kitchen sounds good! x

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