Cute, cheap updates to a small patio include adding an outdoor pillow in a complementary color to a plastic Adirondack-style chair and an outdoor rug. If you don't have room for a coffee table, a smaller end table, can serve as your bar when enjoying cocktails with friends. Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama made this table using crates.
Get crafty and create a side table, which can be put to use when you grill out. Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama used a large crate and added a shelf and a top for her DIY table. Making a pair of crate end tables cost less than $100, according to Crates & Pallet.
Pamper yourself by transforming an outdoor space into a custom retreat. Japanese forest bathing research shows that time spent in the Great Outdoors brings significant health benefits—lower blood pressure, less stress, greater empathy. Green spaces soothe both body and brain, and you can reap the results with a spot in your own yard. Start your project by choosing an area with easy access. A small deck, porch, patio or corner of a garden provides a terrific foundation for a home-sweet-home getaway. Approach your project with an eye to design by including touches that speak to your style (retro? chic? urban?). You don’t have to spend big bucks to make it work. This welcoming retreat features a crate coffee table that blends beautifully with wooden chairs. Pots of colorful annuals bring nature near. Annuals include purple Angelonia with Raven (dark) sweet potato vine, Yellow Chiffon superbells, Royal Velvet supertunia, and ‘Banana Cream’ Shasta daisy with Vertigo purple fountain grass.
This neutral cottage living room features vertical shiplap walls, white sofas, a clear acrylic console table, a midcentury modern parquet coffee table, and a Moroccan blue side table from Crate & Barrel.
A plush white sofa is decorate with a mix of patterned navy and pink pillows. A wood crate is covered with a glass table for a unique coffee table piece. The wood adds texture against the smooth look of the design.
The master bedroom has a cozy reading corner thanks to a floor lamp and well-worn club chair upholstered in a rich-looking oxblood vinyl. A crate flipped over feels right at home as a convenient side table.
Vintage furnishings create a lived-in look and feel. The vintage chandelier and vintage French bed meet contemporary style by mixing in a Crate & Barrel table lamp, an IKEA desk chair and a West Elm desk.
The unexpected use of a shipping crate as a side table gives this neutral living room vintage appeal. The cream sofa and blue throw pillows help pull the look together, making this transitional living room feel sophisticated and collected.
To create a fun, livable room, designers added a durable, leather sofa that would be easy to clean. Then, they added Peter Dunham pillows and a Crate and Barrel coffee table to complete the space and add color and texture.
Maximizing all available space, this home office takes advantage of the extra square footage under the stairs. A minimalist and efficient work area is created with a simple table, pink file cabinet and wire-crate bookcases.
You can replicate this coffee table, seen in an Atlanta model home. Take six storage cubes or square ottomans, or even six crates, and place them next to each other, three to a row. Then screw them together from the underside and turn them over, says Donna Mathis, owner of Atlanta-based Haven Design Works. For an extra touch, you could add metal strapping around the places where the cubes or crates connect.
Pet owners can make their walks much more efficient by outfitting their entry as a pet station. Here a shallow console table is used to keep framed photos of the family dog on display along with a crate to hold essentials neatly and within arm's reach.