So, your children are all grown up now and have flown the coop, or maybe you have both decided as parents that your third kid is finally the last one. Now, what to do with a used crib that’s currently taking up a lot of space and gathering dust? Turn it into something useful, of course. Whoever said cribs are only for putting babies to sleep? Here are 20 awesome ideas to repurpose old cribs to make a crib bench or something even cooler.
An old wooden crib now finds new purpose as a charming vintage crib bench. There are a lot of really cool crib bench creations out there like the one above by Beth of Farm Fresh Vintage Finds,
and this one by Courtney of A Diamond in the Stuff.
You can also use leftover wood to make a bench with a hidden storage space like this toy box bench by Gail of My Repurposed Life.
Old cribs also make perfect one-seaters. Idea from Ron of Junk Blossoms.
Crib rails make sturdy book shelves for a kid’s library. Tutorial by Jamie of DIY Home Sweet Home.
The sides of an old crib can turn effortlessly into chalkboard easel. Tutorial by Katie Lewis of The Red Kitchen.
Craft and tool station
This is a perfect DIY project for any crafter or hobbyist who still has yet to have a work station to corral all their stuff. Tutorial by Monica of Crafty Nest.
Crib rails = instant hanging drying racks. Tutorial by Erica of Northwest Edible Life.
It’s a no-brainer, really. Crib rails also make perfect hanging organizers for anything from jewelry to pots and pans. The possibilities are endless. Jewelry organizer by Cindy of Cottage Instincts, pots and pans organizer from Instructables.
Garden and porch gate/fence
From nursery to front porch and the garden, crib rails make the perfect fences and gates. Ideas from Pinterest.
Crib rails never run out of practical use, like this one, as a garden trellis. Idea from Larissa of Prodigal Pieces.
Kid’s work/study/play table
With a little imagination, you can create a one-of-a-kind work desk or play table your kids will be excited to use out of their old crib. For inspiration, check out the creations of Caz of A Little Learning for Two and Mari of Inspired by Familia.
A grown-up’s desk
Who says cribs are only for babies? Grown-ups can make their own work desk out of cribs too. Idea from Achados de Decoraçao.
Crib rails can also be repurposed into a magazine rack. Idea from Becca of Blue Cricket Design.
An ingenious way to display your grandmother’s special China. You’ll always be reminded to use them instead of letting them gather dust. Tutorial by Gail of Someday Crafts.
Crib rails or bed springs have a workable surface to display your favorite Instagram or digital camera photos. They make interesting conversation pieces when you have guests over too. Get ideas from Holly of Life as a Thrifter and Mari of Inspired by La Familia.
A crib can turn into the prettiest porch swing. Idea from Pinterest.
A pull wagon is a genius idea for hauling kids and treats to the park for a picnic. Add a covered cushion and a pillow or two to make a cozy napping spot for a baby. Tutorial by Cami of Tidbits.
Kids will have a newfound appreciation for story time and enjoy reading on their own when they’ve got reading nooks as cozy as these. Get your inspiration from Matchteld Embroidery and Carla Matthews shared in Ikea Hackers.
Figured out that your toddler is ready to transition into his/her own bed? If you want to save money, you needn’t buy a new toddler bed. Instead, use what you already have by making it from your own kid’s crib. These creations from Adriel Booker and the Do-it-yourself Divas will inspire you.
Hanging décor/memorabilia/wall art
Here are a few rad ideas for using crib parts as hanging décor, or as a stand and frame for displaying artwork and precious memorabilia. Ideas from Candy Allen of Junk Sophisticate and Joia of PJK News.