DIY Crate Seats

Need some extra storage in your room that doubles as seating? Crate seats are not only easy, but look cute in any classroom!

Items to Gather:

  • Vinyl fabric (mine was from Ikea)
  • 1" thick foam (I raided my mother-in-law's sewing room and found some, but you can buy it at any fabric store)
  • Electric carving knife
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Plastic crate
  • Plywood, particle board, or MDF (from a hardware store)



1.  First, grab your crate and head to a hardware store that cuts wood.  I went to Home Depot and explained my project to an associate.  He was able to suggest which type of wood would be best (I ended up getting OSB - oriented strand board), and also cut the wood into four squares to fit my four crates.  He did the cuts for free, so I only paid $2.08 for the wood.

2.  Next, trace the wood onto the foam with a marker and use the carving knife to cut the foam.  

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3.  Use spray adhesive to attach the foam to the wood.

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4.  Place the board, foam side down, onto the fabric and wrap like a present as you staple it into the bottom of the board.

5.  Set the board onto the crate and plan what to put inside!

Other Tips/Suggestions:

I made four seats for my classroom carpet area.  Students could sit on them during Read to Self and when I led small groups on the carpet.  I also allowed the Student of the Week to sit there as a reward during whole group time on the carpet.

As for what to put inside them, I stored mad minute sheets that were inside empty tennis ball containers.  You could put files of center games inside them, math manipulatives, or even board games.  The possibilities are endless!

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Photo of Teaching With Style crate seats

What would you put inside your crate seats?

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