5 ideas for creating shelves with wooden boxes

Making shelves out of wooden boxes is a classic in the DIY world. And that’s because few objects have given more of themselves and with such good results. Shelves made from boxes, whether recycled or new, have such charm that they can revitalize a boring corner in an instant. And if you don’t believe me, take a look at one of the 5 ideas we have for you today.

The fact is that you already have your boxes ready, ready to decorate and turn them into shelves with wooden boxes hanging on the wall.

All you have to do is decide what use you are going to give it and in which room of the house you are going to install it. If you need ideas for inspiration, we show you 5 ways to use wooden boxes to make shelves.

Shelves with wooden crates as kitchen furniture

This idea seemed very original to me and, moreover, it is surprising how easy it is to realize. The idea is to replace the kitchen’s high units with a few wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes painted in white and light blue to match the rest of the kitchen furniture.

In this case, new wooden boxes were used, conveniently painted inside and outside with two coats of acrylic paint. In this way, you can give wings to your creativity and vary the effects or even create new ones. Paint the boxes only on the outside and leave the wooden interiors, for example, or change the colours that suit you best.

When hanging them on the wall, you can place the boxes horizontally or vertically, interspersed but occupying a strip of the wall, with no protrusions too far on either side.

Interspersed and arranged in a tower

This is a very original way to compose shelves with wooden boxes. This may be because the shape of the boxes differs greatly from one another (some are even shaped like a house), or because they are painted in different colours inside or outside.

Either way, the resulting library will look great in any space. What’s more, since it’s a matter of assembling boxes and holding them with screws, you can compose the shelf according to the space you need to cover, the desired height and the shape you prefer.

With old boxes

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A great way to recycle wooden boxes, whether they come from old fruit boxes or anything else, is to form these beautiful displays as wall shelves with them. In this case, they have been set up in the dining room to show off the porcelain .

Between the rustic beauty of the wood of the boxes and the muted shine of the white and blue porcelain, the whole could not be more decorative.

A tip: if you have several old wooden boxes and each one has a different colour, you can apply a coat of walnut or wood stain. This will give them a very nice dark tint and unify the tone of all the boxes.

In the children’s room

Do you want an idea to decorate the walls of your children’s room? Put small shelves with wooden boxes on the wall and you can kill two birds with a stone: bet on order and liven up the wall.

They don’t have to be very big; that way, you’ll prevent them from putting in too much stuff and ending up deleting it.

Here’s an idea: paint the boxes as you like and line the background with bits of wallpaper you have at home. Adhesive vinyls can also help. Nice, don’t you think?

Coffee tables with pallets

I present you with a selection of tables made with palettes that we have made to inspire you and dare to create your own for your home, so sit down and write down all the ideas that come up according to your needs. We assure you that it’s great to put it where you put it. Let’s get started!

Simple coffee table

Simple and elegant pallet coffee table

The first one to show you is this coffee table for the dining room or the garden, it’s a classic. What they have done here is give a touch of varnish to the wood, add some simple wheels to put it where you want and on top of that they put a sheet of glass.

Single double height coffee table on wheels

Double height single coffee table with wheels.

In this coffee table, as you can see, it’s very similar to the previous one, but what they’ve done is they’ve increased the height and they’ve added two more pallets. It’s a good idea because we can also use it for the days when we have dinner on the couch and also in the spaces that are left between the pallets we can use it to store magazines, newspapers, the shelf, whatever you want to have on hand when you are on the couch.

Coffee table with 5 wheels

Coffee table with concrete top with 5 wheels.

Another example of a coffee table is the one we see below, which is also very similar to the first one we saw at the beginning of the message, but in this one they changed the glass for some concrete plates and because of the large amount of weight, they added a few more wheels in the middle to distribute the weight on the table.

Palette coffee table with vintage decoration

Table with palette with vintage elements

What follows is this one that we can classify as a very vintage coffee table, what they did to make the retro look complete with the vintage decoration was, to get a pretty old palette, even something broken by some pieces and also they added two old wheels in the middle to be able to move it.

Cut pallet coffee table

Elongated pallet with space at the bottom to place what you want

In this picture, the roles change somewhat from the typical square table. They cut the pallet in half, they joined the two parts to make a long table and so we cover almost everything on the sofa, it’s a good option for the guests. And finally, to give it a Nordic and more welcoming touch, they have painted it white but no wheels have been added, that is to say that it is fixed in this area.

Cut pallet coffee table with casters

Another long table but with glass above already low.

In this one here, what they’ve done is they’ve cut a table off the top of the pallet, they’ve put the tables a little bit further apart and they’ve left space underneath to be able to put whatever you want. To give the wood more lustre, they gave it a coat of varnish and this time they added four wheels so you can move it whenever you want. And to finish off the accessories, they choose to put a sheet of glass at the top and bottom.

Coffee table with pallet slats

A different table with pallets with slats.

And to finish with the inspiration of the pallet coffee tables, we leave this one to you, of which we were delighted by the fact of using only the tables on the pallets and giving it a different touch on one of them with the turquoise colour and also played by placing them at different heights holding them with four aluminium bars in the corners.

Decorate and furnish with wooden boxes

Here we go, let’s start with lots of ideas and inspiration!

Wooden boxes are a trend seen in many magazine and interior design photos. We have seen them decorate thousands of homes. So, if you like this idea and you are wondering how to take advantage of it and introduce it in your interior decoration, I bring you today a lot of inspiration to decorate and furnish it with wooden boxes .

Wall shelves

Wooden boxes to hang on the wall.

For the wall, we can make fantastic shelves out of wooden boxes. As you can see on the picture, they can be painted to taste but I advise you to take care of the colours according to the stay and the goal you want to achieve.

Kitchen shelf with wooden boxes

Dishwasher shelf in the kitchen

Another idea for the wooden boxes is to make a piece of furniture, in the photo it is a practical and accessible china cabinet. Don’t add too much weight because it depends on the wooden boxes but some of them don’t have much resistance. For this you will need guides for the drawers and four wheels in case you want it to be mobile so you can move it when you want and where you want.

And the latest novelty is to stack boxes of fruit in separate spaces. If you have a large space like a living room that you want to give to different environments, try stacking boxes of different sizes and wood, creating a kind of wall. You will gain storage capacity and divide the room in a creative and very original way. To make it even more comfortable, sprinkle the room with clean decorative elements, such as light boxes with letters and complete the atmosphere with a light-coloured hammock.

Personalized magazine rack

Anyway, the wooden crate serves us well.

You have a shipment of magazines and you don’t know where to keep them? Here’s the solution: if you have a wide aisle, you can organize a very decorative magazine rack with stacked boxes painted in colour. Three models have been put together here, and to create a more relaxed effect, the boxes have been arranged in alternating colours.

Storage cabinet

To have all the toys for our little ones.

In the picture the wheels have been added to make the wooden crate more practical and fun if you want your children to get into the routine of picking up their toys. Also, label the boxes so that at a glance they know where everything is. Besides being a practical idea, it’s also very decorative. Wooden boxes are upgradeable and make an original storage unit.

Wooden box for dividing a room

Original non ?

This library has three advantages: it is very efficient, it is used to separate and furnish environments and, in addition, you can adapt it to your needs. Here, a total of 16 boxes were used and were combined in two finishes, natural and painted white, for a more casual effect. The wooden boxes are brand new.

An extra seat

Single footstools

If you live near a greengrocer or a market, you will see them every day always on the ground or stacked in a corner. When the day of the sale ends, they almost always end up in the dumpster. Well, don’t be ashamed to go, because without spending money, we can use these boxes to make furniture or decorate our house.

What do you think of the idea of decorating with fruit tins? Without forgetting the main function of fruit tins. In addition to using them as a decorative element, take advantage of them to store objects. You can use them to stack binders, store kitchen gadgets or simply apply their original function and store fruit or vegetables in them. In 1001 boxes you will find smooth fruit boxes without any inscriptions, but also boxes with a name, sealed or simulating a brand. Use the texture provided by these vintage effect boxes to decorate your classic shelves with a modern touch.

Crops in the 2020 deco trend

Japan, Mediterranean, Morocco, Mexico and Scandinavia. Loaded with nuances and modern reinterpretations, they nourish the languages that go into the furniture, objects and decoration of the home.

Villa Cardo

This is the name of this beautiful holiday home located in the Apulia region. Designed by the architect Andrew Trotter, its structure is inspired by the architecture of southern Italy and is a haven of peace and tranquillity between cacti and olive trees. There is no better example to speak of a purely Mediterranean architecture.


It’s unthinkable to learn Japanese style all at once. In fact, the “gratuitous violence” of a stroke is unthinkable in the spaces that symbolize it: the temperate and refined tea pavilions, with their eaves like large parasols. The red lacquers of Japanese interiors are a preamble to the shadows, the velvety layer of the dark environment in which they live. The style is in the reflections of the lacquers: deep pools of light shining through the darkness. It is in the taste of the dull, in the valuables (hidden, instead of exposed) carried by the caress of long use.


Only this “chair of memory” has remained of this Mediterranean, wrote the poet and publisher Carlos Barral, who spent summers between his boat and his house (white, with blue stripes), in a fishing village on the Costa Brava. Is there only the memory of the Mediterranean, or does it still exist, beyond its tourist fetish? Memories of a way of living the air and the sea unlike any other. That Sorolla caught in its light and shadows striped on the sand. Sorolla’s umbrellas sum up the affability of a lost Mediterranean. But the small houses piled on the cliffs persist, of an absolute white that does not blind him: wake up. From the Phoenician red of the pots to the fig tree on the whitewashed patio, the Mediterranean lasts as an essential idea.


Drunk with mint tea, dazzled by the light of Tangier and dazed by the aromas of the market (a stone’s throw from the terrace, where he watched beautiful clothes go by and draw), the French painter Delacroix filled his notebooks. Sketches and paintings that discovered an intramural universe, with arcades, patios and gardens, canopies and trellises, bronze utensils and that fascinating intertwined and multicoloured geometry of tapestries, carpets, tiles, crockery. Colours as bright as fruit, exposed to sparkling light or layered in purple tones.


How many artists from half the world have been attracted to the Mexican culture that laughs at skulls (like the skeleton dances recorded by José Guadalupe Posada) and bathes in the colours of the sun. But it was Luis Barragán who brought this “wheel of fire” (as an Englishman said), which is the popular Mexican heritage to most modern architecture. “Look,” he said, “at the color of our sweets, the beauty of a rooster…”. He led them to his solid and transparent plans, the glass tinting a yellow corridor, the dark pink on a bare concrete block. Like a colossus, he pours an ancient culture into pure containers, a modernity that feeds on emotion and contains it. Meanwhile, in the blue house of the painter Frida Kahlo, the passionate Mexican woman bristling with surrealism.


“Scandinavian style is a wooden bowl filled with milk.” With this intimate metaphor, a Swedish designer was referring to the combination of wood with white lacquer: remember the tea trolley Alvar Aalto designed in birch wood, ceramic and lacquered wheels. A conceptual extension of the bowl full of milk: the function and simplicity of household objects. The serene beauty of Nordic interiors, which the Danish painter Hammershoi has brought to a mysterious perfection: the thick white wooden doors and windows, the grey floor, the light from the forest. Sometimes add a bowl, a chair, a table, a piano. The vacuum of space creates the depth that the Scandinavian genius attributed to the human habitat, furnished with little, useful and beautiful. In the picture, interior of the Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen.

The world we perceive, naturally or virtually, has become both unlimited and closed. The images that represent it have multiplied with a frenzy that stimulates us and at the same time makes us dizzy. Globalization is winning praise and also doubts or, at least, antidotes that seek answers at the root. Journeys to the essences of each culture, rescuing the seeds that germinated long ago, but which continue to bear beautiful fruit for modern art and architecture. Seeds that are still there, like the Greek goddess of grain, ready to renew the cycle. Drink again in a Scandinavian wooden bowl, enter the polychrome house of Luis Barragán or a white and blue Mediterranean patio, aspire to the saffron of Morocco, admire the Japanese red sealing wax. Tradition, seen with frank eyes, will never lose its validity.


Take advantage of the confinement to update your home decor.

Get to know firsthand the designs and furniture that will catch everyone’s eye and how technology will become a discreet and familiar presence.

The designer Gianni Versace said that black was the quintessence of simplicity and elegance. An opinion shared by other colleagues in the profession, such as Karl Lagerfeld or Donna Karan. Black is a colour that is as popular in fashion as it is in decoration. That’s why we celebrate the commitment to spaces as sophisticated as the image. Black gives the kitchen a different flavour.

The decoration

Learn or relearn how to decorate your home in black and dark tones.

Zaha Hadid’s shadow is long, or rather sinuous. Therefore, although the architect has left, his work remains. And not only in the form of buildings, but transferred to furniture that decorates and embellishes houses with their rounded forms. Furniture that makes rooms softer and makes a nod to the architect who changed everything and left too soon.

Sinuous shapes

Techno furniture is naturally integrated into the home with impeccable design and with the aim of making our lives easier. Refrigerators that inform us of products that are about to expire or recommend the best time to replace ingredients. 

Shades with a strong personality such as orange or passion red enter the house of 2020 without any complexes. Walls, sofas, vase cushions … are dyed in bright colours to welcome spring. Stimulating, they coexist with more classic options such as beige, which will also play a leading role in the coming months, replacing the ubiquitous white.

Bright colours

It is a very hard wood that is also very flexible. This is why bamboo has become one of the most accepted ecological materials by designers and interior architects. Gadgets, cases for mobile devices, bicycles … the list of objects that can be designed with bamboo is endless.

The Year of Bamboo

The applications of the Classic Blue are many and varied. The colour 2020 according to Pantone, stains the spaces of the house giving them serenity and elegance. The bathroom, transformed into a new living room, is one of the spaces where the blue of the year feels most comfortable, but it also colours other rooms such as bedrooms and the kitchen. The beauty of the ocean’s colour is undeniable and will reign not only in the spring, but in every season of the year.

Blue Planet

This decorative element in relief, born in ancient Egypt and which triumphed at the Palace of Versailles, returns with force to enhance and give personality to the walls of our house. Mouldings are also applied to the walls and ceilings, giving them a flattering texture.

The emotional bond we have with a handcrafted object is not comparable to the one we establish with an industrially manufactured product. A handcrafted piece can decorate the domestic landscape throughout life, passing from generation to generation without losing its modernity. This is what the classics have. Competitions such as the potter’s, carpenter’s or cabinet maker’s trade make it visible again, recovering the magic that only craftsmanship possesses.

Modern Handicrafts

The spring print par excellence comes in a larger format than ever before. Roses, poppies and petunias fall on the spaces of homes, large and extravagant. The shapes and colours of the garden at the house of architect Luis Barragán in Mexico City are a rich source of inspiration.

Botanical Garden

Natural materials such as wicker or rattan are desirable, especially in spring. They endow the spaces with personality, while being environmentally friendly. A rattan rug or a wicker lamp elegantly decorates the interior and exterior of the house.

Durable Design

Technology enters our domestic space, but not as a one-time guest, but as another member of the family. It enters, yes, in a subtle way, conveniently camouflaged in a lamp (lamps that are, at the same time, wi-fi speakers) or a bedside table (tables that charge the battery of your mobile phone without cables). In the photo, wireless speakers from Bang & Olufsen .

The technology is subtle

“The most important premise in trying to try an interpretation of Cuban reality and life is to live it, because only then can you begin to understand something, even if you will never understand everything,” explains Cuban writer Leonardo Padura from his homeland. The passions and contradictions of this island converge in a trend that this year will make houses more beautiful and lively.

Cuban inspiration

The lamps occupy a central place, with models so large that they have the same dimensions as a chair. Designers transfer all their creativity to these pieces, making them undisputed queens. Large lamps, like the one in the photo, but also small models with which to create magical corners bathed in soft light that create a warm atmosphere. In the picture, Jaime Hayon’s ceiling lights.

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