Recycle That! Drop-Side Crib

OK, I don’t know where I was when they banned the side-drop crib. When I had my daughter 4 years ago, my sister gave me the crib that she has used for all her kids (when they weren’t in her bed). It’s not the best crib – the drop-side never worked smoothly or quietly so I never used that part, but it was free so I was happy to have it. Plus I had read about the off-gassing that is emitted from new mattresses being a possible cause of SIDS – another reason to use a recycled mattress (from a known source, I might add)!

Anyway, I learned about the ban because my parents, who are trying to get rid of a crib that was given to them a few years ago, asked me to put this crib (see below) on Craig’s List for them. (Side note: My mother collects all things for babies and kids and lends them out to her other granny friends when their families are in town and they need, say a high-chair or age-appropriate toys. Clever, no? And she doesn’t think she’s a greenie!)

So it got me thinking…what’s going to happen with all those cribs that are illegal to sell or donate? Surely most will end in the landfill but I hope the thought of that would bother enough people so that they think about recycling them.

My first thought is to keep the crib but remove the drop-side and make it into either a mini day bed for my son or perhaps a toddler bed…but as I have found out, there are a bunch of other creative ideas for the place where your beautiful bairn once lay his head. Behold!

When my basement finally gets turned into my sewing, crafting workshop, this wall organizer will be perfect. I can see two side by side.

Then I saw this cot-turned desk/ work table and was shocked how swanky it looks. OK, I know this IKEA crib is not a drop-side but the idea is super cool anyway, no?

Over at Chez Larsson, they have come up with a number of great ideas (with cute illustrations) for a recycled crib.

  • Pot Rack
  • Drying Rack for clothes or wet artwork
  • Garden trellis or fencing
  • How about grouping a few of the pieces on a wall (even connecting them) for an interesting piece of artwork?
  • Or could the longer pieces work as a new take on wainscotting?

What say you? Are you feeling inspired to find yourself an old crib to recycle? Please send me photos of what you’ve created!

Alison Grieveson