Upcycle an Old Crib Rail Into a Kids' Bike Rack

Don't toss that old crib rail; upcycle it into a handy rack to keep your kids' bikes and gear safely stowed away.

Crib Slat Bike Rack

Crib Slat Bike Rack

Beauties Of Bike Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles

Johnson Giles

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metal crib rail (ours was 52”x 27-1/2” with slats spaced 2-1/4” apart)
(8) 1x3 boards, cut to the following dimensions: (4) 48-1/2”, (2) 48” and (2) 17-1/2”
(8) 3-1/2 x 5/8 flat corner braces
(4) 3/4” 2-hole straps
(5) metal hooks
3/4” wood screws
drill with screwdriver bit
paint in a color of your choice


Cut Boards

Following the cut list below, cut 1x3 boards yourself or have them cut at your local hardware store.

Crib Slat Bike Rack

Crib Slat Bike Rack

6- 1"x3" Appear On Drop Cloth On Ground Cut To Appropriate Size (Dimensions Supplied)

Photo by: Johnson Giles

Johnson Giles

Create Bike Stand’s Back

Construct a large square using two 48” 1x3 boards on the outside edges joined together by two 48-1/2” 1x3 boards. Secure the corners with corner braces and wood screws (Image 1). Tip: Pre-drill the holes to prevent the wood from splitting. Add a third 48-1/2” 1x3 board 21” above the bottom piece, also attaching it with corner braces (Image 2). This is the back of the bike stand.

Create Bike Stand’s Base

Attach final 48-1/2” piece of wood to two 17-1/2” boards to form a U shape. Join boards with corner braces (Image 1). Add 2 decking screws to each side to join together the back and the base so the structure now stands on its own (Image 2). Paint the wood to match the crib rail or paint all the desired color.

Add Crib Rail

Attach the crib rail with 2-hole straps to the stand’s base on either side; it helps to have a friend hold the rack for you during this step. Diagonally place the crib rail to the back and attach with the last 2-hole straps.

Crib Slat Bike Rack

Crib Slat Bike Rack

Photo by: Johnson Giles

Johnson Giles

Add Hooks for Bonus Storage

Attach metal hooks to the back to hold helmets, bike locks and any other gear (Image 1). Note: Our crib rail bike rack is the perfect size for child-sized bikes (Image 2). For larger wheeled bikes you can simply make the base longer than 17-1/2" and lower the crib rail a bit diagonally. Test to make sure that bike wheels go through the crib rails prior to starting this project as all older cribs are different.

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