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Wooden Crates: 8 Awesome Design Ideas

Valley Box has put together a guide of 8 awesome wooden crate ideas for your product's wooden containers — all of which are available from the comfort of your desk chair. Not only are these ideas suitable for sensitive instruments & electronics, but also heavy industrial equipment.

Here are 8 Awesome Ideas for Your Product’s Wooden Crate:

1. Make the Wooden Container Reusable


Reusable crates save you money! Sure, purchasing high quality reusable crates may cost more upfront, but opting for a low quality item will inevitably cost you more in the long-term. It’s the same with anything that can be recycled—it will always save you more money down the line.

Ideally, the manufacturer can reuse their own wooden crate and spend less time and money shopping for replacement crates.

Another idea is to encourage the end-user to continue to use the wooden crates for other purposes.

Download PDF: Reusable crating

2.Add a Little Extra to Your Wooden Crates

wooden crates upgrades

Take ordinary wooden crates and customize them to your hearts content, providing ease, accessibility & mobility!

Add cool components such as; ramps, hinges, viewing ports, and rolling pedestals.

Download PDF: Architecture of a Box


3. Strive for Production Value


If your products are larger dimensionally or have varying assembly times consider treating the wooden crate as part of the product rather than an afterthought.

If your product is moved, handled, or staged during production, it may be cost effective to incorporate the wooden container into your process as a function of material handling.

Read: 5 Ways Material Handling Equipment Improve Assembly Lines


4. Make it Interactive

wooden crate tip n tell

It doesn’t have to be high-tech! People love wooden containers that actually do something, and when they do the wooden container becomes part of the experience of using the product. Think indicators, inserts and removable pieces, and QR codes.

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5. Let Your True Colors Shine Through

wooden crate reusable painted boxes

Dazzling colors will certainly help your wooden crates stand out. A painted crate can be easily identified when amongst a crowd of other products (especially those of your competitor).

Paint adds ultra violet protection to any wood box which, if you haven't heard, blocking damaging UV light increases a surfaces lifespan... significantly!

Match the color to your branding efforts or create something with multiple colors or stencils.

Read: Stop paying to replace custom wood crates, increase their life instead!

6. Add Some Texture


You can add texture designs with recessed routed-out lettering, carpet, linex, paints and steel. These solutions are are often utilized as a low-cost solution to surface abrasions. By applying at the contact points of saddles, blocking and bracing, delicate finishes and materials are protected.

Read: Crate Manufacturers Cheat Sheet

7. Try see-through wooden containers

wooden crates observation port

This may not work with all products, but when it does, it works like a charm. Observation ports or holes in your wooden crates can allow an end-user to verify contents without having to take apart the wooden container.

Download: Case Study about observation Ports


8. Add a Logo for Identity

wooden crates stencil

Valley Box can make custom stencils of your logo for wooden crates they can be fabricated for long-term use or one-time use and can be made to accommodate multiple colors. Locate your wooden crate in a sea of crates with ease at your next event.

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Written by Valley Box Company

Valley Box demonstrates what is possible beyond just the typical wooden crate. This specialty crating manufacturer works with a wide variety of materials from wood to plastic, corrugated, metals and more. Discover how to take specialty crating to the next level.