Baby Crib Ideas: Convert Baby Crib to Toddler Bed

Wondering what to do with your toddler’s baby crib?

Baby Crib Ideas: Convert Baby Crib to Toddler Bed

Come find out how to convert a crib into toddler bed and make the most out of your investment. We’ve got you covered!

What do we do after our child has grow out from their baby crib?

Kids outgrow their things shortly after you bought them — clothes, toys, beds, etc.

Sure, you can always hand them down to a younger sibling or donate them to orphans, but what if you want to get the most out of your money?

This is the DIY crib-to-toddler bed project!

Converting baby crib into toddler bed

How to Convert Crib into Toddler Bed

A baby crib is a small, cage-like bed designed especially for infants.

It has sides that are too high for the baby to restrict the baby to the bed.

Once they turn into two to three years of age though, he will be able to climb out of the crib.

Then, it’s the time to move him to a toddler bed.

There are convertible cribs in the market that are worth buying.

They can be refurbished to get along with your child’s size as he grows.

When you have a convertible crib, turning it into a toddler bed is easy.

The Materials Needed

Here are the materials that you would need to prepare before doing this project:

  • 12’ x ¾’ board
  • 4’ x ¾’ board
  • ¼ inch cap nut
  • ¼ inch crown bolt
  • 2’ x 2’ post
  • Primer
  • Paint

You can use any specific kind of wood for your baby crib.

However, if you are planning to paint it later, then you should use poplar boards.

Whichever board or wood you use, though, make sure that its width is the right measurement so that the bolt can easily go through and you can adjust it accordingly.

The measurement of the board and bolt are important since the bolt goes through the front and interior of the crib.

There should also be adequate space for the nut to hold the board but avoid too much excess space.

Usually, a two-inch bolt is used because both pieces together measure 1.5 inches in which the remaining 0.5 inches is intended for the nut.

The Process

Step 1 — Start Planning!

Not all cribs are constructed the same, and they come in different designs.

Some cribs are intended for twins; others are designed to be converted into a toddler bed.

Some cribs can be turned into a toddler bed.

There will come a time that your little kid will outgrow his crib.

By then, you should be ready to start your project and turn his crib into a toddler bed.

As early as now, you should plan how you would do it. This is so that you can prepare everything that you would need beforehand.

Step 2 — Create the Front Board

Got all the tools ready? Then, let’s begin!

If you come to think of it, when both sides of the convertible crib are removed, the crib is already transformed into a toddler bed with a bizarrely tall head and footboard.

By removing only one side, though, it becomes a day bed.

To create the front board of a toddler bed, you need to do the following:

Step 3 — Build the Bed Rails

Bed rails are still crucial for the toddler bed. This part secures the child by preventing him from falling off the bed while he sleeps.

You can build the bed rails by following the steps below.

Step 4 — Check to See if Every Part Fits Together

Now that you have every part necessary for the transformation check whether each of them fits with each other.

You can do it by following the instructions below.

Step 5 — Finishing and Painting

Before attaching every part together, make sure that they have soft edges and correct measurement.

This step also makes everything look presentable. You can design the front board in any way you or your child likes.

Step 6 — Final Assembly!

When you have finished painting the parts, and all of them are dry, put them back together as you did in Step 4.

This crib-turned-into-a-toddler bed can last for at least several months or years even, depending on how you take care of it.

The child or children who will use it will put it to test. A good toddler bed will withstand the test of time and hold up with no issue.

Therefore, it is essential to have the correct measurements and to attach the parts tightly.

Simpler Method of Turning Crib into Toddler Bed

Guide: How to turn baby crib into toddler bed

We have presented a very detailed way on how to turn a crib into a toddler bed.

With this very detailed information, you can easily do it yourself without seeking professional help. It helps you save a lot of money.

Then again, the project we just shared above might be a little too complicated for some parents. After all, not all of us have DIY skills hidden up our sleeves.

For a simpler method of converting a crib into a toddler bed, here are the steps to follow:

  1. Remove the screw of the four bolts that attach the stationary side of the crib in place.
  2. Detach the stationary side.
  3. Transfer the spring frame of the crib to the most bottom level. Lock the frame using the same bolts and washers that are already holding the structure in place.
  4. Attach the guardrail to the front board of the crib.
  5. Mount the guardrail with the bolts that come for this purpose.
  6. After securing the parts with the screws, loosen them at around ½ of a turn. Make some adjustments.
  7. Re-tighten the screws when the bed is assembled. However, do not over tighten them as they might break or distort the wood.

If you miss a part, do not try to use a substitute. Ask the manufacturer for a replacement.

If you want to convert the toddler bed back into a crib, fill in the screw holes so that the screws will fit properly into the holes.

You can also ask a professional at a local hardware shop for expert advice.

Final Thoughts

We all know that babies quickly outgrow the things that they use — sfrom their shoes to their clothes and their crib.

This is one of the reasons why raising a baby is very costly.

Fortunately for us, there are some baby equipment and gear that can be converted into something that they can use when they grow older. Among these pieces of equipment is the baby crib.

Turning a crib into a toddler bed is not that hard.

We have presented you the step-by-step process, so it should be easy to do. You can even do it yourself without asking for help from the professional.

It is important to secure all the parts of the toddler bed, remove any sharp edges, and leave adequate space for the kids to get in and out of it.

Railings are also necessary to keep the kids from rolling off the bed. Additionally, you should also remember to secure the parts correctly.

This will not only prevent accidents from happening but also help the toddler bed last for many years.

And, that’s it! We wish you all the best on this project, and good luck!