Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Treasured Tip - Crate Seats!

We all remember the Summer Buzz about these awesome crate seats!

Finally got mine!!!!

I was planning on making them over the break but a parent volunteered to help me out and do them for me :)
Since I teach at a Charter School parents are obligated to complete 30 hours of volunteer work every year.
They can cash those out for $300 or spend the money or hours helping out their classroom teacher.
I get SOOOOOOO much help this way!
I"m know as the Parent Volunteer Queen at our school :)
My colleagues are always in awe at the amount of projects parents complete for me.

I already owned 1 Purple & 1 Black crates, so the parent volunteer purchased one more of each color for me.
They bought the fabric and all the other supplies and made them!
They loved the project so much it turned into a family project and they made a few for their own home.
They added a little ribbon on the side so I can raise the seat and store my Guided Reading supplies for each student inside the crate seat.
I love that they turned out "adult" looking :) perfect for my tweens!

Here are some pictures the family took {and emailed me} as they went through process of making it :)


The twins in the picture are my 2 6th graders and the girl is their older sister :)

Below are the pictures of the crate seats they made for themsleves

Here are the links of tutorials I emailed the mom to use in order to make these :
They came from our amazing {and so very talented} fellow bloggers :)

What do you think?!?!?!
Have you made these yet? How do you like using them in your classroom?
Do the kids like them?
Are you planning to make any?

Would love to hear from ya :)



  1. Looks great! That is awesome you were able to have the parents help you out and create them for you.

    I was going to make some over the summer, but copped out and bought some ottomans at Walmart instead ;) The kids do love them though!

    Teaching in Room 6

  2. I made a set over my break! The students loved them and they make great storage too!

  3. I really want to make some! So jealous about all that parent help!

    They look great!!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  4. I LOVE my seats - I made three over the summer, and want to make another three. They are right in front of my bookshelves, and make a comfy spot for the kiddies when they are "shopping" for a new reading book. I use two for portfolio storage (art and writing), and the third stores some of my smaller outdoor phys ed equipment.

    Runde's Room

  5. I love your crates! I am in awe of your parent help and support! I can't even imagine how helpful that would be.

    I do have crates in my room that I made in the summer. I adore them and so do the kids. I have 2 students who actually sit on them all day at a small table. I have 2 in my reading area. Then, by accident, it worked out that if I stack 2 they make a pretty great seat for me that I keep near the edge of my PB board!

    I hope you enjoy yours!

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  6. I wish I had some parent volunteers in my classroom! I think that it is neat that they are required to help at your school. We need more parents involved in their children's education! My crate seats are unfortunately holding up as well as I hoped they would. I am planning on remaking them again this summer.

    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

  7. So awesome that you have such great support from families! I WILL be making these someday (or possibly recruiting some help...)! =)

  8. I love these!!! I'm going to make some on our next break :)

  9. That is fantastic that volunteers made them for you. I never thought to ask but I bet I could!!! :) Love your color choices!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  11. hi the image isn't the link to the quilts. But down at the bottom of the post I put the store logos. Those should work. Sorry bout that! Your crate seats are really cute!

  12. These are great!!! I think they might have to be a summer project!

  13. How lucky that you have all those wonderful parent volunteers! Those crate seats are AWESOME! I love the way they turned out :) I've been contemplating whether I have the time/money for these right now...

    When I was little, one of my neighbors made me and my siblings BUCKET seats (same idea, just using a bucket)!! I thought those would be pretty cool too, just more difficult cutting out the circle in the plywood.

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Ahhh thanks for the shout out!!!! How cool is that? They made those? LOVE!!!


  15. Your crate seats looks great! I made these over these summer and LOVE them and so do my students! I did have one of my crates (Sterilite brand from Walmart) break when my student teacher sat on it, but they hold up with my second graders wonderfully!

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  16. They are perfect!! It's so funny, the first thing I thought when I saw the photo was, "oh, those are perfect for older kids!". They are just awesome!

    I would love to make these, but never get around to it. I'm always afraid I'll mess them up and the kids will fall off them or something (not handy with the tools, lol!). Now that I see yours though, I feel like I want to again!!!

  17. I made some this summer and love them. The kids love them too. Word to the wise though, use a dark fabric. Mine are too light and are already dingy!

    2B Honey Bunch
    The Best Endings

  18. I made some this summer, too, and just blogged about the tutorial over at my new teacher blog Teaching With Style ! I'd love for you to come over and check it out! :)

  19. Thank you all so much! I replied to each of you back via email and wonder if you all get those replies....

  20. I love it! I am going to try this.

  21. I have just started seeing these. Don't know where I was when they were first started being everywhere. I definitely want these in my classroom! Thank you for adding the plans.

  22. I wonder if you're able to stack two high (without the cushion in between of course) and then older people could use these....?

  23. House of Hamingway, Hi :)

    I haven't tried it but you can def. experiment with it and see if it is stable enough to work.
    Even though they're low , my middle schoolers sit on them comfortably :)

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  24. These are adorable. I have to make some over the summer. :)

  25. Silly question... but what do you keep in the spice jars?


    1. Inside the spice jar are stem questions for each benchamrk we cover for the state test.

  26. Where did you get your crate seats?


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