My oldest child is almost 9, but when we bought his crib, we were so sold on the fact that it would “convert” to a bed. But..that never happened. That $400 crib and the one we had for my daughter (now 6 1/2) both fell apart before we could. What a waste!
When we had our third child #3, we decided to go with a super sturdy crib (non-dropside) that doesn’t convert to a bed. While this one didn’t fall apart, I hated the thought of throwing out another crib. We were able to take the side off and use it as a bed, but he’s outgrowing it and I really don’t want to throw out another crib. Thanks to Pinterest, I may not have to. Check out these awesome ideas on how to repurpose your crib.
A Little Learning for Two Turned her daughter’s crib into a desk for both her girls! This looks amazing! She used a crib a removable drop side (no longer sold), so you could probably just take apart a non-drop side crib, had particle board cut to mattress size, and covered in blackboard paint. Read more here –http://alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com/2011/08/repurposed-cot.html
And how cool is this repurposed crib that SimplySimplisticated turned into a bench! And even cooler — she didn’t really have a plan — she just measured and cut! Find directions here –http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com/2011/11/crib-bench.html.
We also love this idea — turning crib headboards and footboards into chalkboards hung at kid-level. This one aired on Apartment Therapy — go to http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/look-chalkboards-made-from-cri-84170 for directions
Gail from My Repurposed Life took an old crib and made it into a hook for backpacking, with a chalkboard for reminders for her kids. How incredible is this – http://www.myrepurposedlife.net/2010/04/repurposed-headboard.html. The creativity of these parents is tremendous!
For more ideas, go to Consigment Mommies’s 30 Fabulous Reuses for Old or Recalled Cribs or check out the board I created on Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/themamamaven/repurpose-that-old-crib/
Note: A similar version of this post aired on BabyCenter in 2012 here.