Transform vintage cheese crates into a mobile DIY side table. See how to stack and repurpose these crates for a one-of-a-kind bedside table.

DIY Side Table

A DIY side table is a great project for those who enjoy crafting and want to add unique pieces of furniture to their home. Here’s a simple guide to help you create your own DIY side table using old cheese crates.

This DIY side table project is super simple; anyone can make one.

Customize your DIY side table with different finishes, colors, or additional features to make it uniquely yours. Happy crafting!

What are Cheese Crates?

Cheese crates, also known as cheese boxes or cheese containers, are wooden crates specifically designed for storing and transporting cheese. These crates are commonly used in the cheese industry for various purposes, such as aging, storing, and shipping cheese.

Cheese crates are typically made of sturdy, untreated wood, which helps maintain proper airflow and moisture levels during the cheese aging process. The wooden construction allows for proper ventilation, preventing the cheese from becoming overly moist or developing mold.

The design of cheese crates may vary, but they usually have slatted sides and a solid bottom. The slatted sides allow air to circulate around the cheese, promoting even aging and preventing the growth of unwanted bacteria.

Cheese crates come in different sizes, depending on the needs of the cheese producer. Some crates are large enough to hold multiple wheels or blocks of cheese, while others are smaller and designed for individual portions or specialty cheeses.

In addition to their functional purpose, cheese crates can also add a rustic and traditional aesthetic to cheese displays, storage areas, and, in the case of today, a DIY side table. They are often used in cheese shops, farmers’ markets, and specialty stores to showcase and present different types of cheese.

Two cheese crates

Where to find cheese crates?

If you’re interested in finding and using cheese crates for your own cheese storage, display, or DIY side table, you can often find them for sale at specialty kitchenware stores, online marketplaces, or directly from cheese supply companies.

I often see old cheese crates at flea markets, second-hand shops, thrift stores, and similar places. That’s where I found the two I am using for our DIY side table today. You will want two crates that are on the tall size, not the shorter size unless that works for you. And of course you don’t need to use cheese crates for this DIY side table project either, any favorite crate would work.

You may also find this How to Shop For Vintage Decor Online post useful when looking for old cheese crates.

How to Build a DIY Side Table with Cheese Crates

Materials Needed:

  • Two Tall Cheese Crates
  • Screw Driver
  • 4 1-5/8″/ 40mm Swivel Bearing Casters
  • 8-16 1/2″ screws
  • Tape measure

I used 2 screws per caster instead of the recommended 4.  As the casters held in extremely well with 2 screws, I didn’t want to put more pressure on the crate than was needed.

DIY Side Table Materials Needed.

All we are going to do to make this easy mobile DIY side table is to stack the cheese crates together and add the casters to the bottom, creating an awesome and unique bedside table. But you can use this DIY side table in a bathroom, sitting area, living room, dorm room, etc.; the choice, of course, is yours.

Step-by-Step DIY Side Table Instructions

Step 1

Choose the cheese crate you want on the top and bottom of your DIY side table. I chose this cheese crate for my top because I like the writing on it and wanted that to show on the table top.

Pacha writing on top of old cheese crate

Step 2:

Flip the selected bottom cheese crate over to start installing the casters.

Place and position four casters evenly around the bottom of the cheese crate, as seen here.

DIY Side Table with Cheese Crates Upside Down and Casters

I positioned and attached each individual caster 1″ inch from the cheese crate’s rim.

Cheese crate upside down with casters and screw driver

Step 3:

Using a screwdriver screw the casters into the bottom of the cheese crate. The screws should go in rather easily, therefore an electric drill is not necessary and may actually be harmful to the cheese crate.

As a reminder, I only put two screws into the optional four holes of each caster. They were very secure and I didn’t want to harm the cheese container.

DIY Side Table with Cheese Crates Upside Down with Casters

You may also be inspired by these 16 Easy Spring DIY Ideas You Can Start Today post.

Cheese Crate with Casters

Step 4:

Stack your selected top cheese container on top of the bottom container that now has the casters.

It’s as easy as that!

DIY Side Table with Two Cheese Crates on Mobile Casters

DIY Side Table Bedside

This DIY side table made out of old cheese containers now fits beautifully in our bedroom as a unique mobile bedside table.

Remember you can customize your DIY side table with different finishes, colors, or additional features to make it uniqurely yours.

A Vintage Affair

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