Asked on Jun 3, 2013

What to do with a Jenny Lind crib now illegal?

Barbara ThomasKate FCindy Chadwick


I have my Jenny Lind crib form my kids. It is now illegal due to the drop down sides - what ideas are there out there besides a trellis?

11 answers
  • Tammy@Deja Vue Designs
    on Jun 3, 2013

    They make adorable benches....or you can hang it from the ceiling and make a drying rack or pot rack. You could hang it on the wall with spacers behind it and make an awesome towel rack.

  • Lorah Marquardt
    on Jun 3, 2013

    There is a great post here on Hometalk on turning the sides into wall mounted drying racks. Very clever idea.

  • Kate F
    on Jun 3, 2013

    I saw the drying rack - good ideas. Not something I need. I'll probably make a bench of some sort.

  • Sharon Crosby
    on Jun 3, 2013

    I have a friend who suggested that if you screw the sides in so they can no longer drop down that maybe they could still be used as a crib...not sure about that though.

  • Nomi Seastead
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Saw a Day Bed/couch made out of one.

  • Tedra
    on Jun 4, 2013

    Saw an idea also to turn into child's desk. Good luck!

  • Chris Fuller
    on Jun 5, 2013

    I have a twin size Jenny Lind bed that I will be turning into a bench. There are sites, which I can't remember at the top of my head, that provide beautiful examples of benches that were once beds or cribs. I am sure that whatever you do, your project will be lovely! Good luck!

  • Jeanette S
    on Jun 5, 2013

    I saw one that was set up as a potting table. But I thought it would be perfect in a laundry room! Baskets underneath for sorting the dirties and with a sheet of plyboard at the highest level an the side let down, a folding table to fold clothes. If you have a craft area, this would also make a perfect work table.

  • Cindy Chadwick
    on Jun 5, 2013

    Have you seen the benches made from bed headboards & foot boards? That might be an idea for you

  • Kate F
    on Jun 7, 2013

    yes - thanks for some great ideas~!

  • Barbara Thomas
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Those Jenny Lind beds are still valuable. Might want to see what people would offer on Craig's list. I like the bench Idea or daybed to keep the character. It would be beautiful!

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