Milk crates typically come in two shapes – the rectangular form and the square box. Basically, dairy and milk manufacturers use them to transport milk to their customers and the milk bottles back to them.
In the matter of milk crate dimensions, however, there seems to be several versions of the measurements. The supposed reason for these discrepancies, however minute, is that milk crates these days are used not only by dairy companies but by other retailers as well.
Since these crates are used differently by several customers, manufacturers and suppliers are said to make them accordingly to fit the customers’ specifications. To date, there is no standardized system of measurements as yet from these manufacturers.
Rectangle and Square crates
The prevailing milk crate dimensions in use these days are for the two milk crate shapes – the rectangle and the square crates. The rectangle (24 quarts) measures 13 inches wide by 19 inches long and 11 inches high on the outside. The inside dimensions is 12 inches wide by 17.75 inches long and 10.4 inches high. The crate is 4 pounds strong.
The square milk crate which holds 16 quarts measures 13 inches by 13 inches (sides) by 11 inches in height. The inside dimensions is 12 inches by 12 inches and 10.4 inches in height. It is 3 pounds strong.
Both the rectangle and the square shaped crates are stackable and have reinforced corners and handles. The standard color is black for both but are available in blue, yellow, green white and red.
However, there are other milk crate dimensions in use these days. One version of the rectangular dimensions has 20.25 inches in length, 14.5 inches in width and 7.5 inches in height as its external dimensions.
Another version as measured externally has the dimensions at 18.95 inches (length) by 13 inches (width) and 11.35 inches (height). Another set of milk crate dimensions registers 17.95 inches in length, 11.95 in width and 10.50 inches in height.
A manufacturer has the square version measuring 14.25 inches on both sides and a height of 7.5 inches. (This is the supposed to be the 13 inches by 13 inches square crate, notwithstanding the extra 1.25 inches in both sides.)
Milk crate manufacturers have been making these crates for many other customers other than those in the dairy industry. Many think this is one of the reasons why there are no universal standard measurements and why there are different milk crate dimensions.
At present, the milk crate is the favorite catch-all box for many people who are using it. They are presently used in hospitals, schools, grocery stores and in many other places. At home, mothers even use it as laundry hampers and husbands use it as extra tool boxes. Others use it as storage box for those personal things stored in the attic.