Upcycle a Baby Crib Into a Drying Rack

Hang your laundry out to dry with this clever DIY project.

DIY Stowaway Drying Rack 01:21

Upcycle old baby crib slats into a useful drying rack.

Not sure what to do with your crib now that your baby has graduated to a full-size bed? How about upcycling it into a handy stowaway drying rack for your laundry room? The process may appear daunting at first but trust us, you got this. Here’s how it’s done:

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Note: Since cribs vary in size, our measurements may not work for your project. Use them as an approximation.

Materials

  • crib slat
  • jig saw
  • metal hinges
  • 2 magnet
  • ribbon
  • painted plywood
  • 1x1 wood
  • hanger screws
Upcycled Crib Drying Rack Materials

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack Materials

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Saw Off Ends

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Select one slat from an old crib and lay it down flat. Using a jig saw, cut off the ends of the crib making them flush with the last rung.

Attach Hinges

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Use a screwdriver and attach hinges to both sides of the crib at the bottom.

Magnets

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Next, apply silicone to two magnets and attach them to the top of the crib (opposite end of the hinges) somewhere in the middle of the rung but spaced a few inches apart.

Ribbon

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

About a quarter of the way down from the top of the crib, use a staple gun to attach ribbons to each side.

Build a Frame

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Set the rack to the side for now and lay down a plywood base. Next, build a frame around the plywood base with wood.

More Hinges + Ribbon

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Attach hinges so they are flush with the bottom where the crib meets the frame and use a staple gun to attach ribbon as well. For ours, we stapled the ribbon 1 inch down on the inside of the frame with 12 inches of give. Attach the other side of the ribbon about 6 inches down on the crib.

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Closure

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Add two screws to the top of the base. The magnets will stick to the screws and help to keep the rack closed.

Paint

Add paint to the magnets so that they blend with the rest of the rack and make sure they still make contact with the screws and keep the entire rack compact.

Add Wire

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Use your hanger screws and add a wire to the back of the plywood base. This will help you hang the entire rack on the wall for easy use.

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Upcycled Crib Drying Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

Johnson Giles of Loch & Key Productions

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