IKEA Crib Hack

   We managed to contain our toddler for a little over two years before it became abundantly clear that we needed to accept the fact that he deserved a bed, and the inherent freedoms. Part of our reservations were actually keeping him in bed, and the other part was the tacky, mass-produced beds that were available.
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Sniglar Bed & Sniglar Crib
   We absolutely love our pair of IKEA cribs. From a design standpoint, they are simple, unfinished beech with clean modern lines. The Sniglar model is awesome and ridiculously affordable. They have also gone so far as to include the ability to remove a side and convert the crib into a daybed. Sold!
   So when the time came, I simply swapped out the parts and we had a happy kiddo. The daybed was nice, but it felt too much like a crib, especially next to his younger brother's crib.
   I wanted to do something special to acknowledge the milestone of my son's first "big boy bed." I researched images and came across  IKEA's Gulliver bed. It was no leap to see the possibility of modifying the bed safely while saving some coin.
   The meat and potatoes of this hack was simple cutting the dowels and resetting them into the rails. I admit that it was a little risky for the sheer fact that I had no alternative bed ready, if something went awry. I started by experimenting on the side that was removed during the daybed conversion. It went easier than expected and my wife encouraged me to go for it. I transferred the necessary measurements and a couple hours later, I had a little elfin toddler bed.
   This project has sentimental weight to it, but it is also incredibly pragmatic. We did not need to buy an intermediate bedroom suite, when our ultimate goal is a bunk bed for the boys. This mod has allowed us to keep our quality mattresses during the interim period, as well as the small footprint of the cribs.


Crystal said...

Yay he's back!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I love this and want to do this for our son. How were you able to remove the vertical dowels? Did you just cut across the side and then drill whole in the top (or bottom) bar to reset?

Manic Maker said...

This one is a little tricky, but I did replicate the process for the second crib in the photo. First I decided how tall I wanted the top bed rail to be, then I cut the legs to the shorter height. This leaves you with only the bottom rail attached to the dowels. It is important to brace or clamp the dowels before cutting to minimized chipping.

Once all the dowels are cut, I took the bottom rail with the remaining stubs and carefully worked each piece free. There is suprisingly little glue and staples holding the assembly together. I cleaned out the holes and tapered the cut ends of dowels. I was able to reassemble the rails with a tight friction fit using a rubber mallet and no adhesive. I reattached the bottom rail to the leg with a countersunk screw. Not that difficult, just give yourself plenty of time to achieve a clean result.

Anonymous said...

Did you do this with the Gulliver crib or the Sniglar?

Manic Maker said...

Thanks Anon, for clarification both of the beds were made from Sniglar cribs.