Old milk crates have been used for years for storing record albums, books and kids’ toys. Here’s something you may never have thought of: convert them into a child’s seat!

Just take a piece of fabric, lay it out on a table, then add a piece of two-and-a-half-inch thick foam. Top that with a piece of plywood cut to slightly larger than the crate’s dimensions.

Staple the fabric in place and then screw four cleats to the underside of the cushion — without the cleats, this could slide right off, so there are four simple cleats cut from a 1-by-2.

Now, your kid has a comfortable place to sit and a great way to store toys!

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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