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« on: December 13, 2005 07:07:41 PM »

I read somewhere that you can make a pretty cool looking bed platform out of milk crates. I've looked all over the web to try to find a picture of this but wasn't able to. Has anyone done this before and also did you take pictures of your project? Just curious to how it would look. Thanks.
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2005 08:49:01 AM »

Hi LilithX -- I've never seen or heard of that before, but at least I can try to 'bump this up' a bit in case anyone else knows about it or can point you to a pic.

Btw, do you think the people who have done this before used old-timeytype wooden, metal, or wood+metal milk crates?
Or those plastic storage crates that are sold lots of places? (I suspect they were never actually used as milk crates but are called that sometimes)
Or what?

Here are some vague thoughts I had, if I had to do this myself:

Think I'd probably try the plastic ones -- well, the heaviest, sturdiest plastic type I could possibly find.
Assuming they sat perfectly stable on the floor "upside down", think I'd try using them that way first.
[[Of course one could try using them right-side up, & cover the open tops with sturdy wood slats or maybe with one of those folding things used to make regular beds & sofa beds firmer ...
but, it's possible 'bottoms up' would save that step or that expense.  For a large heavy person, though, I believe I'd go ahead & use that extra-something whether the crates were upside down or right side up.]]

Then I guess the crates would have to be fixed together very securely -- which I thinnnk would be do-able with a bunch of those fairly-inexpensive, heavyduty-plastic pullthrough strap thingies from the hardware store [wish I could recall the name of those thingies, lol -- hub's not here or I'd ask him].
If the upside-down crates had any openings in the bottom, I'd fasten them there as well as fastening any side openings together.

And on top, I believe instead of a regular mattress, I'd use the futon type.
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2005 07:12:21 PM »

Oh gosh I think that would be a bad idea. Milk crates or pallets don't sound sturdy to me, since they are made to be broken down easily, right?  Those plastic crates would be really sturdy and could hold up a matress nicely, but that might end up being kind of pricey.  I think when it comes to your back you should definitely build something that will offer enough support.
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2005 07:33:31 PM »

I don't know if this is the sort of milk crate you're talking about

but in Australia no student-house is complete without some milk crate furniture. I made myself a bed-base from this style of crate & it served me well till I could afford a real bed.

« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2005 08:15:47 AM »

Hi monoped -- thanks! -- I don't know if that's the kind of crate LilithX was thinking of but it sure is the kind I was thinking of.   
For the bed platforms you've seen (or made) --
Do the crates get used right side up or upside down?
How are they tied or fixed together?
And, do they generally get topped with a regular mattress, or a 'futon' type mattress, or... ?
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2005 09:47:17 AM »

For mine I turned most of them upside down but had a couple on the outside with the open side facing out so I could use them for storage aswell & I topped it with regular mattress.

I didn't secure them at all & they didn't sit flush with each other but the gaps in between were minor & they may have shifted but only very slightly.

I saw a great wall unit/bookshelve thing made from bookshelves in a filmclip by Aussie band "George" which if I had a warehouse apartment would definately try & replicate. I'm currently using a couple, which were part of said bed base & have come with me through 2 moves, for video/cd storage.

Good luck LilithX. If anyone has pics of things they've made from milk crates it'd be great to see them.

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2005 12:11:16 PM »

Another great idea for those crates is to take a bunch of them and stack them on their sides, so the open part faces toward you, then use heavy duty zip ties (which are what I think someone else was trying to think of earlier up the page Wink) to hook them together. You can stack them as wide or tall as you like this way and make a inexpensive shelving unit in this style:

Since they're just plastic, you could spray paint them all to be the same color so it looks nice and uniform, or just leave them as they are for a more funky finish.

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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2005 06:21:29 PM »

i found this on another forum...

Basically, you pack in as many crates as you can under the mattress. Set them as close as possible, with the opening down towards the floor. His bed is in a corner so there's no worry about the mattress slipping of the crates. If yours is not i a corner I might suggest using plastic zip ties to connect the crates.

There's no other support, just the crates. But it's sturdy. We had 3 people jumping on it when he first set it up - no problem. The bed is a bit higher than other platform beds

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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2005 05:10:53 PM »

Where can you get those crates? I like the shelf idea.  Smiley
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2006 07:50:21 AM »

what forum was that posted in?

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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2006 09:36:41 PM »

Hey everyone,
I have done so many milk crate beds!!! I got my crates from work (I've been in the espresso biz since 1989!!!) but you can find stacks of these suckers in plenty of places where bulk milk might get delivered (grocery stores, schools, ect.)... if you befriend your local drive thru espresso gal barista, you might be able to make a deal, and even if you know a milk man delivery person, you can ask them, I think I used about 12-16, and likewise, I did all the ones in the middle upside down, and the ones on the outside open side out for storage. I did have a problem with slipping crates, but only on the hardwood floors in one place I lived. Zip ties are great, I also added a non-slip fabric (like for area rugs) and even a bed skirt. I really liked the milk crate bed, it was cheap and easy and great for moving ( I just filled them with all the crap from my room and off I went! No bulky bed parts to move!!!) The first bed I made was even topped with a blow up mattress! THey were all comfortable, no real bumps or gaps that you could notice. I loved it!!!  Also I would not suggest using the milk crate type crates you can buy at the organizer stores, I just don't think they are quite as sturdy as the real milk crates...
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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2012 11:29:09 AM »

I'm in the same situation.  However, I have come up with a plan!  If you purchase 5 rectangular milk crates (sold on AMAZON for about 5 dollars a piece)  arrange them like a 5 dotted dice on the floor, upside down, then lay a sheet of ply wood over the milk crates, that should give you a sturdy base to lay your mattress on!  If you feel that it needs to be even sturdier, then you can attach inexpensive pvc piping and connect the outer milk crates together.  Leaving the center crate on it's own.   The whole project should cost well under $100. Smiley
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2012 11:06:31 PM »

Milk crates to make bed platform? never heard.. Have you seen anywhere such milk crates made furniture?

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