Can I upcycle a baby crib into a garden bench - can it support weight?

Neighbor gave me her baby crib. Gail--My Repurposed Life; has the exact same crib she upcycled, as what I received. My question is; I'd like to do the same, but want it for my garden niche. So I can store a pillow, or blankey, or garden tools, lol! Hubs says it won't support an adult's wt. I KNOW! It can be done! But how? I won't touch it til I can be sure. Otherwise? It gets a new life in different ways, lol! TIA!

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 08, 2019

    You could put a wooden bottom in it and make it more like a bench. Similar to this project. Just make sure you use heavy enough wood for the weight you want to support.

    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/bedroom/furniture/upcycled-repurposed-crib-into-toy-box-bench-189398

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 08, 2019

      I would think you just need to use sturdy 2x4 for the edge supports. A piece of plywood could be used for the seat. We made a toy box for my grand daughter and that's what we used for the seat. It's 2-1/2 years old and still holding up well.

  • Do you have any woodworking or carpentry skills? The frame itself needs to be beefed up to accommodate at least average adult weight. Then add a sold surface or hinged as shown in Kathy's example. I suggest shopping at a proper lumber yard rather than a home improvement center, they have a better selection of wood at many price points along with staff that are all wood workers themselves that can provide you tips.