Everyone loves a vintage wooden crate. It has to be the genuine article mind and no pastiche versions will cut it when you're trying to create an authentic atmosphere.

Post-industrial recycled wooden crates are not the easiest items to find these days, especially if you are looking for something that will fit in with a traditional setting.

It's not just local garden centres and Ikea who have been selling them off either: many of the big DIY chains have bitten the bullet and started replacing their stock of wood crates with cardboard ones.

You can, of course, source vintage crates if you have a bit of time to spare. Be it via Ebay or wherever your favorite hunting ground might be. However if that is not feasible for some reason then the next best thing has to be new crates made from reclaimed wood and as authentic looking as possible in order to fit in with an established period property.

And here is where the problems start. Reclaimed wood does not grow on trees and will not be cheap to get hold of even if you do have a contact who might know where some can be found.

If you're really lucky then it should be possible to purchase some from a local timber merchant or engineer such as an old piano maker, but sadly they will not be cheap and you'll probably end up paying a premium for the privilege of that.

But if you're lucky enough to have access to free wood or salvageable wood then you are on to a winner! The main thing is that when creating new crates from reclaimed materials it doesn't have to be an exact replica of the originals.

Colour can be varied and designs such as rope handles fitted or even a small padlock if you are really keen on authenticity to create what is really just a fancy window dressing for your garden's outside space rather than genuine practical storage.