Simple and inexpensive modifications to make a “loft” toddler bed from an old crib.
It was time. We finally moved Levi into a toddler bed.
I’ve been procrastinating the move because—let’s be honest—I liked having him confined at nap times.
But since he’s now been potty trained for several months, it just made sense that he shouldn’t have to call for one of us to come and get him out so he could use the potty.
Our boys share a room — a very strange-shaped room. There are two doors (on different walls) and the longest wall has near floor to ceiling windows the full length of the room. (It’s not nearly as glamorous as it sounds — it’s actually very limiting in the small space.)
On top of that, there’s no built in closet, which necessitates a freestanding wardrobe and dresser to hold clothes for both of them.
All of that makes for a very complicated room to fit a lot of things into—two cribs/beds, a dresser, wardrobe, changing table, book shelves, toy bins, and a reading chair—and a very irregular room size and shape to do so.
We needed to come up with an affordable solution that didn’t fill up the room any more than it already was.
I scored this plain, second-hand crib just before Judah was born and we bought a new mattress to go along with it:
And after a few simple modifications and a fresh coat of paint… we now have a toddler “loft” bed:
Originally we were going to cut it all down and make a toddler bed low to the floor, but decided to go this route instead so that we could add to our storage space.
We now have room underneath for a few toy bins and the boys “bikes”.
Levi can’t get enough of it. I keep finding him in bed “pwetending to seep” at odd times during the day. Here he is the first night we set it up (before we rearranged the furniture to where it all is now). He’s pretty impressed with daddy’s handiwork:
Dear friends, when did you transition your toddler into a big boy/girl bed? Would you ever consider a loft toddler bed… or do you think we’re a little crazy?