Crates are a great storage option for your home or home office; crates are usually quite strong and are perfect for heavy books, lots of paperwork, children’s toys, for use in the garage or around the house. Crates also come in a variety of styles and shapes, some with casters on them making them easier to move around, some with lids, making them stackable which means they take up much less room, or colourful plastic crates to help you colour co-ordinate your room. Crates are great for children’s’ bedrooms to store toys, or you can use them in your wardrobe to store that extra bulky winter clothing.

For the home handyperson, or someone with an artistic flair you can also buy plain wooden crates, also known as fruit crates that you can then paint and decorate yourself. This is a great weekend project for the children; they can paint and decorate their own crates to use in their room – getting them involved they will love their very own crate so much, they’ll be sure to use it to help keep their room tidy.

You can paint and design your own crate to fit the décor of the room you want to use the crate in paint them the same colour as the wall, or cover them in bold wallpaper, from storing extra bedding to books, the uses of crates is endless. You can buy smaller crates for the bathroom, to hold guest towels, soaps or make up. If you only need some temporary storage why not have a look at the Jaclyn Collapsible Box from Howards Storage World – it folds flat when not in use and opens up to form a nice sturdy box when you need extra storage and doesn’t take up much space when not being used.