How to Use Old Wine Crates in Your Interior Decor

January 31, 2020
Wine crates come in a range of shapes and sizes. With our top tips, you can give them a new lease of life, and use them to make decorations for your home.

Very few people have the option of having a wine cellar in their house. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use wine crates to create a wide range of different objects and decorations for your home, whether as a handy bottle rack or a beautiful planter.

Wine crates are versatile elements, and there are so many different ways you can go about using them in your interior decor. They’re not simply mere containers – they open up a whole world of new possibilities.

So, what exactly can you make? With a little creativity, you can create sophisticated and original items that will break the mold and will give your home a distinctive look.

Wine crates – formality and elegance

DIY wooden cabinets.

There’s something about wine that brings a relaxed and stylish atmosphere to any home. Having a well-organized collection of fine wines just ready to be enjoyed says a lot about a person. As any budding wine connoisseur knows, it’s important to keep your collection well-stocked at all times.

But all that wine means you’re bound to have a load of wine crates lying around the house. Rather than simply throwing them out, try to find practical uses for them, adapting their original aesthetic to create something that reflects your personality.

Using decorative wine crates creates a look that is somewhere between formality and elegance. They break the monotony of traditional decorations bought from high street stores, and bring something new and understated to your home.

Using these kinds of alternative resources is a great way to add your own personal touch to your decor. 

4 types of wine crates

DIY storage unit.

Made from wood, cardboard or plastic, there are several different types of wine crates to choose from, each perfectly designed to store this ancient drink. In this next section, we want to take a look at 4 types of crate that you can use in your home.

  • First of all, there’s the standard solid wooden crate. These are made up of wooden slats, with no gaps or spaces in between. The simplest way to instantly spruce up these crates is to sand them and apply a coat of varnish. You can then use them to make handy shelves for your walls.
  • Some crates are made up of wooden slats, with a gap between each one. They work well in small spaces and look great when displayed on counters, or next to the wall. You could even attach legs to turn them into small tables.
  • On the other hand, there are wine boxes that are divided into several sections. They’re designed to allow you to store the wine bottles neatly and practically. However, their practical nature means that this type of wine crate loses some of its decorative potential.
  • One final type of wine crate that’s worth keeping in mind is the plastic crate. What they lose in elegance and sophistication, they make up for in originality and character. They can be repurposed as lamps or joined together to create a storage unit.

Repurposing individual wine boxes

Wine crate planters.

You can also buy bottles of wine that come in small individual wooden boxes. They’re often stamped with the company’s logo and can make fantastic decorative elements for your home.

Once you no longer need the box for the wine, you can use these individual crates for all kinds of different things. One option is to use them as planters, making the most of their long, rectangular shape to house several plants. Because they’re made of wood, they’ll help to keep your plants healthy.

Alternatively, you could use these crates as bookshelves or towel holders. Their simple, understated aesthetic means they can work well with all kinds of different decorative styles.

There are so many different ways you can use wine crates in your home. 

Rope handles

Wine crates.

People often use rope to make simple handles for their wine crates. Rope is super easy to work with and will give your crates a rustic feel. You could even use them to turn your wine crates into a charming bedroom dresser.

Natural wood tones help to emphasize this rustic feel and help transform these simple crates into an original feature, unlike anything you’ll normally find in a typical home and decorating stores.

Long-term, these rope handles will require regular care and maintenance. With constant use, the rope can start to deteriorate, which could spoil the overall look of your wine crate drawers.

So, what do you think? Are you ready to start using wine crates in your home?

De la Varga, Sonia: Reciclaje creativo, Gustamontón, 2016.