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How to Build a DIY Media Center with Crates

Using crates to build this rustic DIY media center means you can adjust the size to fit perfectly around your TVand you'll gain tons of storage, to boot!

finished photo of crate media centerPhoto: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet
This DIY media center project designed by Crates & Pallet is very flexible, so you can adjust it to fit your space. Add a coat of paint or leave the crates bare for a rustic touch.

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DIY Media Center Parts

  • 16 Large Crates
  • 4 x 8 Sheet of 3/16″ Plywood
  • 1-1/4 Wood Screws
  • 1/2 Wood Screws

DIY Media Center Tools

  • Drill
  • Phillips Head screwdriver
  • Circular Saw

DIY Media Center How-To Instructions:

Project by Crates & Pallet

crates and pallet media center plywoodIllustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

Measure and mark the plywood as shown; then using a circular saw, cut the plywood to size.

media center from crates and pallet laying out base layerIllustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

Place three crates side-by-side, slatted side down, and attach with 1-1/4 in. wood screws. Place one crate on each end 6-1/4 in. back from the front of the three crates as shown; attach with 1-1/4 in. wood screws.

media center with crates building sidesIllustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

Now that youve established your base, lay the cut piece of plywood on top as shown and secure with screws. Next, assemble five crates side-by-side, slatted side down, and attach with 1-1/4 in. wood screws.

media center building walls with cratesIllustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

Place three crates on top of each end of the base and attach with 1/2 in. wood screws through the slats.

media center with crates completedIllustration: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

Using a drill, attach the five crates to the base as shown. Add your TV and that’s it!

finished photo of crate media centerPhoto: Courtesy of Crates & Pallet

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