Crib to Bench Tutorial


Carissa from Carissa Miss repurposed her old crib into this beautiful bench, then gave it a coat of Simplicity for a fresh, summery feel!

This post is definitely a long time coming. Looking at the end product, you’d never guess that it sat in my garage for a couple months until I decided what I was going to do with it. I’m probably the only one who has held onto old stuff with the hope that I’ll use it again. No? Oh, well. Now you get to enjoy this awesome step-by-step just for fun.

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There are numerous ways to do this, especially since every crib is different, but I’ll show you the basics and then you will know roughly how to think through for your particular crib.

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First off, those side pieces are going to be too long for a regular person sitting at a bench so you’ll want to cut them down. I cut mine from the back so I could keep the nice curved arm. The finished length was about 19.75″. To get this measurement I just pretended to sit with my arm on the top and thought about what would be comfortable. You don’t want your hand hanging off, but you don’t want to have to scoot all the way forward from the way back to get off.

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I just used my miter saw to make the cut, but any straight cutting tool will do.

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Next, I drilled a hole in the same spot where it was in the end piece that connected to the back of the crib so that I could just the existing holes.

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Maybe this will make better sense? I wanted it to sit at the same height as the back.

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Then came the supports. I used 2×2’s and screwed it into the back of the crib using 1 1/4″ wood screws. If you use your Ryobi Drill and Impact Driver Kit then it’s super fast- drill your pilot hole and then screw. I was able to cut and install the supports within minutes. I just measured about how high from the ground I wanted them by doing the same “pretend to sit down” method.

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Of course, make sure each support is level as you install, but also you’ll want them to be at the exact same height as well.

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After building out the frame, I cut 2 2×10’s to 52″ {which was my final length} and is probably pretty common since most cribs are built the same dimensions to fit a crib mattress.

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I wanted to make sure it was extra secure so I added some metal L brackets for extra support. I don’t have a picture of it, but I decided to add another support down the middle of the frame so it didn’t sag at all when you sat on the bench.

I trusted on my Home Right Finish Max Pro to get a smooth and even painting job with my favorite white, Country Chic Paint’s Simplicity.

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Since the bench will be used outside I also wanted to protect it against the elements so I used Thompson’s Water Seal instead of a regular top coat.

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Add a couple of throw pillows, also treated for the outdoors with Thompson’s Fabric Seal, and we can enjoy the pleasant summer evenings with an {almost} free bench!

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Leave a comment below to tell us what you think of Carissa’s crib to bench transformation!



Carissa

Carissa {Carissa Miss}

I’m Carissa from Carissa Miss. I love all things DIY, especially trying to make my own versions of pricey designer items. Like my DIY farmhouse table, this Ikea RAST hack, or these vertical stripe curtains. I love working with e-design clients to transform a space from blah to wow! Here’s a gallery of some of the inspiration boards I’ve created.

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Jan Korteland

Jan Korteland

14 thoughts on “Crib to Bench Tutorial

  1. I love this! I’ve been wanting to do one of these. About how long did it take you? Also is the crib strong enough? My husband seems to think that the crib part wouldn’t be strong enough to support an adult sitting on it.

  2. I’m scared to death of a tape measure and a saw. I figured only men could do this kind of thing, you know, how like only men can stand up an pee. But when I saw your chipped nail polish, something rose up in me and I did that Sheena thing with my tongue. I’m so motivated!!! I can’t wait to get out in the shed and create a fabulous “thing” with an old baby bed I have. I can do it!!!
    Thank You sooooooo much! Girl Power!!

  3. Hi Haley. I have seen this so many years ago by I think Rebecca Kolls. A gardening expert., and am happy to see this post.I am an avid saver to repurpose items and have my kids old crib stashed in the garage for this reason. I WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS. My problem is I don’t know where to start. I suppose a work space is in order. Do you think?

    1. Hi Marie,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Checking out a few of our tutorials is a great place to start. Especially the surface prep tutorial, distressing, and waxing.

      Happy painting!

    1. Hi Linda,
      Thanks for stopping by! I can’t speak for Thompson’s water seal, but our Clear Coat and Tough Coat contain no yellowing ingredients so you can safely apply them over white paint without causing any discoloration!

  4. thanks for your post, i love the idea. the crib i have is an old jenny lynn (circa 1990’s ) so it has spindles rather than slats. im excited to try this but idk if its possible. im leary of destroying something that was doomed from the beginning. any suggestions?

    1. Hi Kelly,
      Thanks for stopping by! I’ve definitely seen Jenny Lynn cribs turned into benches, so I know it’s doable! Unfortunately I can’t give many tips myself, but try searching on Pinterest to see if you can find a tutorial similar to what you’re looking to accomplish. I know it’s been done before so I’m sure someone out there has experience!

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