To say I’m excited for today’s post would be a massive understatement. It actually feels a bit like Christmas around here because one of my biggest dreams has come true: we converted an old, vintage crib into a couch. Yes, a real-life, super comfortable, adorable couch. And yes, this is literally what my dreams are made of, but that probably doesn’t surprise you. Here she is!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this. If you follow me over on SnapChat (you can find me at lilvintagenest) you have already seen little sneak peeks of this crib. I posted a few videos when we first got it because I couldn’t wait to share. We actually got this from my husband’s aunt, who apparently had this sitting in her storage shed. Crazy, I know. It ended up at my in-law’s house and they offered it to me. Of course I said yes and told them how I’d love to convert it into a couch. My super skilled father-in-law actually did the hard work to make this possible, so all the credit goes to him!
So when we got the crib it had the traditional 4 sides like all cribs do. Well my father-in-law actually took the front panel here and attached it to the lower half of the crib so it would be nice and open like a couch. If you look closely you can see how he attached it on the bottom legs. Amazing, right?!
Next he built this wooden insert that sits where the crib spring traditionally would. This thing is solid and provides a ton of support. Perfect for lounging! I ended up painting the edges of this platform white so it would blend in with the crib.
Next up in the process of converting this to a couch was cushions. So my original plan was to use a crib mattress and add in a ton of pillows. BUT it turns out a traditional crib mattress was too small, we had about 2-3 inches on either side of the mattress when I put one on the wooden platform. So I grabbed the cushions off our old loveseat, which actually used to be in the basement, and LOOK WHAT HAPPENED. A perfect fit. I could hardly believe my eyes. Ironically, we have been trying to sell the old couch with no luck, so I think this match was meant to be. I’m not exactly sure yet what we’ll do with a cushion-less couch just sitting in storage, but this fit was too perfect to pass up.
All I did was tuck an old white quilt around the cushions and it works perfectly.
I’m so obsessed with this crib I literally have to stop myself from sharing more photos. I looooove it. And it’s so cozy and comfortable! Thanks to those giant cushions, this actually feels like a real couch. It 100% functional and useful, which isn’t always the case with vintage finds. My father-in-law did an awesome job putting it together for us and I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. I’d love to hear what you think of my crib-couch in the comments below. And feel free to ask any questions you might have. Really, I love hearing from you.