Q: What is a Crate Pro Style Template


A: Excellent question. To simplify the design process and help users worldwide easily identify their preferred construction style. Crate Pro uses Style Templates. Selecting the correct style template as your starting point of a new crate design will greatly reduce your labor times and chances of design errors. As part of your initial set-up we recommend selecting a number of styles that meet your needs and setting them as 'Preferred'

 A 'Style Template' is the construction methodology of the crate design. It determines the orientation of the materials as they relate to other materials in your crate. The actual materials used (such as a 1x4 versus a 2x4) do not determine the Style template. Users will be able to preset up to five unique Material Groups that can be selected with a single click to build the same style template. 

Crate Pro uses a simple to understand naming convention to help users select the Style Template that fits their particular needs. Textured images of the current Style Templates are located in the Image Gallery on www.WoodenCRATES.org

Help finding your styles is available to customers with maintenance. Please review the requirements at the bottom of this article to ensure we can help.

Explanation of Style Template Naming:

The 1st letter, which could be either (L), (M) or (H), stands for Light-duty, Medium-duty and Heavy-duty respectively. The terms reflect the general construction methodology and not the actual capacity or strength of the container.

The 2nd letter indicates the type of sheathing used, which could be Plywood (P), Lumber (L) or Mixed (M).

The 3rd letter indicates the cleating situation: (I) denotes Inside Cleating, (O) - Outside Cleating, and (N) - No Cleating. No Cleating may be only on some panels such as the Top or Sides.

There is a significant difference in the general construction methodology of the  BASE between light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty which can be seen here..


Sub-categores of the above style groups:

101-199 : Interlocking Cleats, Base Out

201-299 : Interlocking Cleats. Base In

301-399 : Load Bearing Cleats, Base Out

401 - 499 : Load Bearing Cleats . Base In


  • Interlocking Cleats on Plywood Styles and on Medium-duty and Light-duty Lumber Styles is predominantly determined by the cleating intersection across the top of the End and Side Panels.
  • Interlocking Cleats on Light-duty Lumber Styles is determined by the association between Side Panel Top-to-Base Cleats and Top Panel Front-to-Aft Cleats.
  • Interlocking Cleats on Light-duty Mixed Styles is determined by the association between Top Panel Framing Cleats and End Panel Top-to-Base cleats.
  • Base Out, as opposed to Base In, denotes that the Base Panel (either Plywood or Lumber sheathed) is or would be visible from outside a closed container.

Customers with maintenance are eligible for assistance in determining the best style template to use for their designs. Because there are many variables with international crate standards we do NOT work with cut lists.

Provide the following: 

  • Clear images that allow us to see the construction of your crate and cleating arrangement with END panel marked
  • Images to show the Side and End panel cleating arrangement
  • Base construction: skid direction in relation to the END panel
  • Are panels sitting ON the base or on the SKID
  • Is the END panel dropping below the base?
  • Top: How is top arranged?

Please do not include images that include multiple crates unless you indicate the image we should be reviewing.

Please do not have cleats covered so corner arrangement can't be seen

Please do not have additional components added such as floater decks, blocking, bracing or joists

Not all crate designs follow published standards but style templates in Crate Pro are designed to be further modified. However, some crate designs may be unique enough that you would be better served to request a custom style created for you. Custom styles are fee based.

IMPORTANT!!! Each style request must have its own ticket! When you reply via  your email confirm the Subject line and ticket # are correct so that you do not have information for more than one style or for a separate Subject. 

If multiple styles assistance is requested in a single ticket, the ticket will be closed and you will need to start over.