What to do with an Old Crib… 15 Great Ideas for Repurposing Baby Cribs!

by Michelle on March 25, 2012

Now that drop-side cribs have been outlawed and you can’t sell them anymore, what do you do with that old crib?  Or maybe you don’t have a drop-side but you just want to keep your crib for sentimental reasons after your baby grows out of it.  Whatever the case may be, I’ve come across quite a few creative ideas for repurposing an old crib.  It sparked me to research further to see what people were turning old baby cribs into and I found a round up of 15 + ideas to share with you.

 So, how about a bench?  See how it was created HERE at Cassandra Design!

I love how this chair turned out!  See how it was done HERE on Junkblossoms.com.

Front porch daybed anybody?  Check it out HERE.

How about this very popular on Pinterest blackboard desk?  What a great idea if you ask me.  Find out how they made it HERE.

Or the very creative chalkboard easel.  So much fun for the kiddos!  Get the full tutorial HERE at The Red Kitchen.

In keeping with the chalkboards, HERE you will see where they made a hanging set.  Love it!

Not into chalk?  The Frosted Gardener shows you how to turn a crib into a magnet board HERE.

Here is one of my favorites.  From curbside crib, to subway art, to jewelry organizer.  Check out how she did it HERE at Infarrantly Creative.

Originally seen on Country Home, Curbly shows you what you need to turn an old crib spring into an officer organizer.  Not sure if I like it, but definitely creative.

Blue Cricket Design shows you how she turned a crib side into a magazine rack HERE.  Better yet, it only cost her $2.

Similarly, you can use the crib sides as craft fair displays.  One Shabby Chick shows you HERE.

(photo credit: betterislittle.com)

Or use one as a stuffed animal display as shown above.

How about painting a side red and hanging your Christmas cards from it?  That’s what Cassandra Design did HERE.

Check out My Repurposed Life HERE for a few more ideas including this plate rack.  Some people are so creative!

Last but not least, HERE is a post that shows you 11 ways to recycle and reuse baby cribs.  It all goes back to being creative.

Just for fun, I had to include this changing table turned drink cart.  You can check it out HERE on BHG.com.

So what would you do with an old crib or nursery furniture?  Would you repurpose it into something fun and creative like above or just get rid of it?  Let me know in the comments below.

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marina March 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Def not getting rid of my son’s crib now!!


Glenda Cates March 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hello, This makes me wish I had kept my sons crib as I really hated to throw it away as it was brand new and cost a pretty penny. It would turn into a bed but my husband wanted him to have bunk beds so he convinced me to throw it away and now I see all kinds of things I could have done and I would not be sad.


Michelle March 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Aww, that’s too bad Glenda. We have the one that converts to toddler bed then full bed also. My second daughter is currently using it as a toddler bed. If we don’t use it as the full I think I’m definitely going to try to repurpose it now. I actually just found another post where they turned one into a desk/craft station and it came out so cute… http://iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com/2012/03/crib-turned-craft-station.html.


K Squared Glamour March 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

wow so many great ideas! thank you for the inspiration :)


Melissa Lawler March 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

These ideas are incredible!


Iona July 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

thank you thank you, I’d seen a link to the desk idea on facebook, but didn’t know what to do with the 4th panel of the cot, now I’m gonna be able to hang up all my towels in the bathroom and free up storage space! Ta for the inspiration! My mom has a site that you may find relevant, recycle-eh.com, I’ll send her a link to you too. x


EE August 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I have twins, and so I have two cribs in my attic, hubby wanted to burn them, so glad we have them, and now a new project! Thanks for the great ideas!


Krista August 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

I made picture holders/card holders out of both of the crib ends. Painted the crib end, painted clothespins in a coordinating color and adorned them with ribbon and glued them on the crib slats of the painted crib end. Now they hold up all of our family pics in the living room.


Michelle August 30, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Sounds nice Krista!


Deena September 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I used my crib side to hang all my tissue paper I use for gift wrap and crafting.Each rail holds a different color. I used small chains to suspend it from the ceiling. Works great!


Geni October 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I wish I had known this before I threw out my crib.


A Great Place October 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

As an owner of a childcare center, I love these ideas. Our center is in an older house and we have the motto, ” Childcare that feels like home”. This has given us some great ideas on how we can reuse some of our cribs for the Christmas cards we receive. I love all the ideas shown. Thanks so much, Kimberly Bradford, Owner A Great Place Childcare Center, Columbus, Ohio


Lori Kibbee January 9, 2013 at 10:31 am

Some really great ideas!


Laura February 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I love the idea of turning my crib into a daybed, but I am concerned about the weight limits of a crib (35-50 lbs) and an adult sititng on the bed….


Louise Terry February 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Love your repurposing cribs.


moon April 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Which was equally fascinating too as insightful! Thanks for sharing your ideas with


Jenny from BabySamples June 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Thanks a lot. some really creative ideas for my old cribs.


Melissa August 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Any one looking for an old crib to make into something else???
The crib is 50 years old and has stenciling on the headboard.
Hate to see this go into a landfill!!!!


Patricia Spitzer August 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

Depends on where you live?


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