How do I repurpose an iron crib into a headboard?

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I have attached a photo of the ends of an iron crib that I have been trying to turn into a headboard. Any ideas out there how to make this work?

q how do i repurpose an iron crib into a headboard
q how do i repurpose an iron crib into a headboard
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  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Aug 25, 2018

    There are many ways to do this depending on your skillset and what tools you have at your disposal. If you know anyone who has a welder, you can weld the 2 pieces into one solid piece. Another option would be to separate the 2 iron pieces with a distressed piece of wood. You can attach the iron pieces to the wood with simple U brackets like these: https://amzn.to/2MLdtMJ


    I repurposed my children's baby crib into a bench, but it's made from wood. I wrote a Hometalk post about it if you want to check it out: https://www.hometalk.com/diy/basement/furniture/repurposed-baby-bed-to-entryway-bench-33136179

  • Helen Bleazard Helen Bleazard on Aug 25, 2018

    Hi there.

    I would screw attach them together with a screw and nut at the top and then at the bottom with a longer screw (the length of the screw would be enough so that when upright the space between the bars are even).

    Then I would repaint it to the color that goes with your decor in the room.

    Hope this helps

  • Jason T. Lee Jason T. Lee on Aug 25, 2018

    You need to acquire a piece of steel tubing to mate the to pieces together to. You then decide on what the finished width of the head board needs to be. You’ll also need a flat bar of steel at least as long as what your final width. Now it is math time. Add the width of both pieces together plus the width of the steel tube (this assumes that you have two identical crib sides). From that total subtract what the finished width needs to be. Now divide that by 2. That number is the amount of material you need to cut off the old crib pieces. Now you can pay someone else to cut and weld this together or you can do it yourself if you know how. You can JB Weld the pieces together if you don’t weld. ( JB Weld is a great substitute for actually welding). Assembly is as follows, crib piece, steel tub,second crib piece then places flat bar across the lower end at a height that allows the head board to stand past the height of the mattress and box springs. Once welded drill holes thru flat bar at the attachment points that match your bed frame. Now make a ball from JB Weld and put on top of the steel tube to give it a finished look. Time to paint! If you need any explanations to what I said please ask I am happy to help.

  • Bijous Bijous on Aug 25, 2018

    Hi Jill. Cool idea. Since the problem is connecting the two, use an upside down wooden T. Brace on the bottom and run a piece of 2x2 up the middle just below the little knobby things (technical term). Use a drill bit to attach through the iron and the wood. Good luck!

  • Babs Cashion Babs Cashion on Aug 26, 2018

    I would just hang each one on the wall side by side.

  • NINA SHUFORD NINA SHUFORD on Aug 26, 2018

    I’d go out to find a footboard or side rail to use to carry out the theme. The fun is in the search. The work comes when you catch it

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Aug 26, 2018

    This will be so cute! I hope you share your final project with us.

    I think it would be easiest just to attach the 2 ends to the wall. But if you want it attached to each other a board bolted to each headboard side by side should do the trick.

  • Dee Dee on Dec 22, 2018

    If you can get them welded together that would be the perfect solution. Ask around at an auto repair shop. Other than that I would lightly sand down the metal, and drill 3 sets of holes, top, middle and bottom and get bolts to fit. and spray paint. I would use either oil rubbed bronze or a creamy white.

    Does the piece have a brackets to attach to a bed frame? If not the easiest way to use would just be clean it up and attach both pieces to the wall.


  • Beth Gold Roccia Beth Gold Roccia on Dec 22, 2018

    Maybe they have heavy duty clasps that could tighten up the bars together, sorta like the metal clasps that get tighter as you screw it..(used to hold hoses to a pool) but ones that screw up in the back.

    Those are nice looking..if you get tired of it being a headboard, could be a great trellis for a garden..