As babies grow, families often have furniture items that aren't sturdy enough to give away. Instead of throwing it in the trash, give new life to your old baby crib as a functional bench. Very little extra materials are needed to create a bench from a crib, so the cost of this project is minimal. With a little paint and a few extra pieces of wood you can transform your baby's old bed into a bench in one afternoon.
Construct the Seat
Dismantle the crib and set aside one headboard.
Construct a frame for the bench seat that is the same width as the headboard of the baby crib using 2-by-4-inch pieces of wood. Cut two pieces to be 1 inch shorter than the width of the headboard for the front and back of the bench. Cut two 17-inch side pieces for the bench frame.
Lay out the cut boards in the shape of a rectangle, with the 17-inch side pieces inside the two end pieces. Add a bead of wood glue to the ends of the 17-inch side pieces. Screw the seat frame together using two wood screws at each corner, top and bottom, screwing from the outside edge of the two end pieces into the glued ends of the 17-inch side pieces.
Cut boards for the seat that are 18 inches long. Cut enough boards to cover the entire frame, leaving a 1-inch overhang at the front and on both sides; approximately nine boards.
Put a bead of glue around the frame and lay out the boards. Attach each board to the frame with one or two nails on each end.
Cut four blocks of wood from the remaining 2-by-4s, each about 4 inches square. Turn the bench seat over and attach these blocks to the inside corners with wood screws. This provides extra stability for the legs.
Position the two table legs on the four wooden squares under the bench seat and screw them in with wood screws.
Finish the Bench
Turn the bench seat over and attach the headboard to the seat with wood screws using the two original holes on either side.
Add a piece of decorative molding to the back of the bench to cover the area where the seat meets the bench. Use wood glue and nails.
Prime the entire piece with primer
Paint the entire piece with whatever color paint you choose.
Tips & Warnings
- Add a coat or two of polyurethane to weatherproof the bench if you're going to use it outside.
- Allow the wood glue to dry thoroughly before turning the bench seat over and adding the legs.
- Trim the table legs to the appropriate length before attaching them; they should be the same length as the legs on the baby crib's headboard. Dry fit the legs and adjust the height before screwing them to the seat.
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