Hacking a toddler bed

April 09 edit: Thanks to Ikea Hackers for the feature! Welcome Ikea-hackers! Stick around and check the place out! You might like more stuff built by the handy hubby

Hacking an Ikea Kritter bed

I was browsing through the As Is section at Ikea and came across the parts to a Kritter child’s bed. I wasn’t really planning on getting the 3 yr old a toddler bed (his crib converted to one by taking off the front rail), but I couldn’t resist–it’s too cute! When I got it home I realized that (duh) it takes a longer mattress than a crib mattress. Well, The Boy doesn’t need a longer mattress yet, he still fits fine on the crib sized one–and I really didn’t want to go buy all new sheets and such anyway. So the fabulous husband modified the bed to make it fit the crib mattress, leaving a nifty little compartment perfect for stuffed animals at the end!

Hacking an Ikea Kritter bed - upclose

All he basically did was add a flat wood bottom to the end section where the mattress wouldn’t reach, and use the guard rail (which we weren’t needing anyway) as a divider between the box and the mattress. Easy Peasy!

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