Sunday, January 8, 2012

Repurposing a Crib Mattress into a Kids Daybed

I found this image via a friend on Pinterest. I had never thought about using a crib mattress for anything other than...well, a crib or toddler bed. But when I saw this image, I got all giddy inside....it's a daybed for a reading nook!

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(Image via Pinterest )


Eighteen months ago, we added a room over the garage to be a shared bedroom for our older 2 boys. It's a large room with fantastic light. I know you readers think I can revamp furniture really well, but what you don't know is that I absolutely struggle to decorate an entire room and have it look pulled together. It gives me hives just trying!

This is a space in the boys room that, obviously needed love. When I saw the above image, I hauled our extra crib mattress (that we use during transitioning our kids from crib to bed) out of the closet and threw it in that space. It fit perfectly...however, it sat on a heating vent, so I knew it needed to be raised.

Enter my father-in-law...Bill. Fabulous man! Helps me with anything power tool related. I know I could learn these tools, but he says he enjoys doing it so....

Anyway, I had 4 old table legs that I'd gotten at an estate sale awhile back for fifty cents each. They were waiting for a purpose...and now they had one.
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My FIL sawed them in half to make them just the right size for a daybed. He got longer screws to go in the top of them so that they would attach safely and make the bed sturdy...since there would be adults and kids sitting on this. He took a really thick piece of plywood and cut it to the dimensions of a crib mattress. I painted it Colonial Red by Rustoleum, and here my friends, is the beginning of a reading nook!
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I've got plans for curtains, book holders (another creation that my FIL made...I painted them but need to re-paint...they look B-A-D) and more pillows. Stay tuned!

And I'm completely geeking out over THIS that I picked up today. It need LOTS o' work...right now, I'm going out to the garage to find out why there is a huge piece of plywood WITH contact paper on it, nailed to the original top. What if the top is perfect?!
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~Allison

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49 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you already know how i feel about the sideboard, but wow on the nook bench!!!! i LOVE it!!!! what a great place for a kid to sit and relax!

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

I would have fainted if I found that sideboard! Great find :) And what a great idea for the reading nook. Never would have thought about using a crib mattress and it is the perfect size. Love the red you chose.

Brandi said...

What a great beginning to a space your boys will love! Wonderful idea, Allison! I love it painted red!

Erin said...

What a wonderful idea! I love the way it turned out...and the color! I'm such a huge red fan. :)

Twice Nice said...

Now I know what I can do with my daughters youth bed mattress! Perfect! In the last year I have refinished 3 of this same style of buffets...that style is the bomb! Have fun! Deb

Chrissie said...

That buffet is a great piece, love it. What a great idea. Your reading nook is awesome!

Shannon MadiganMade said...

What a cute way to reuse that mattress! (and I love the color, too!)

Chatty Chics said...

Love.it. So creative! Thank you for sharing! That's such a great use for it! Please come share at my place tomorrow! You could win a $5 Starbucks card!
Melody
ChattyChics.com

A Lived in Home said...

Such a great idea! I love the red frame set up!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I had a reading corner when I was little and I LOVED it! What a great space for your kids!

Bloggymom said...

What a great way to re-use a mattress.

Tyla said...

Cute, cute, cute, cute, cute! I love both daybeds!!!

Elisa said...

What a great idea! It's the perfect size for a little reading nook or window seat! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love the darling reading nook you created! And that red is fabulous! Can't wait to see the whole room pulled together! Thanks for joing the party Allison!

Full Circle Creations said...

Very cute!

Christy said...

That is fabulous! I love the use of the baby bed, and the color. Good Job!

Dusty Coyote said...

I love this! I just gave away our crib mattress this past summer, darn! I can be sure that the minute I get rid of something I'll wish I had it---And if I keep it it will sit dusty and untouched in the attic. Grrrr

Twigs and Twirls said...

Oh I love this idea !!! I still have my daughter's crib mattress. This might be a perfect idea for the reading nook she wants.

Craft Crazy Mom said...

I've been wanting to make a little day bed for my daughter's reading nook. Love this idea! Great job lady!

Patti said...

darling day bed....and would I love to get my hands on that buffet (I recently saw one with its legs cut off, cushion on top, it made a fabulous bench!

WhisperWood Cottage said...

So clever, Allison! It's the perfect size for a reading nook! Thanks for linking up to the 1st Project of the Year Party!

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

It's cute! It reminded me of a project I will be making soon using crib parts and mattress from a convertible ottoman/twin bed.

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

I love seeing this! I want to do something similar in a reading nook! Thanks for sharing.

--Katie
@ Creatively Living

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

This totally rocks! I have seen crib matresses at thrift stores for next to nothing. While I probably wouldn't want my baby sleeping on it, I would totally cover it with a "bed bug" mattress cover and use it like this. I think my kids need one in our basement playroom-a cozy little nook for reading!I would love for you to come link up at my party going on now through Sunday night!
http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2012/01/get-schooled-saturday-6-and-e-book.html

Cinthya said...

What a fabulous idea!!! I've been thinking of repurposing our crib mattress and crib also since it's old and has a crack from when we moved. I'm following from Funky Junk Interiors.

Cinthya
www.eyeheart.ca

Tonia L said...

I seriously love this! It turned out so very cute! My daughter would be able to use this in here room...too bad we don't have any crib mattresses left. I am featuring this on my site today!
~Tonia @TheGunnySack

Jacqueline said...

Fantastic idea! I like how you used kitchen table legs!

Toodie said...

What a great idea! Makes me (almost) wish my kids were little again so I could make one. hahaha BUT, I do have a 9 month old granddaughter so...she will be old enough one day, right? Thanks for sharing!

gail said...

how perfect! Such a cozy little place to curl up with a great book!
thanks for linking up and linking back! catching you this week.
gail
ps LOVE that new piece you picked up!

Cerise said...

What a fantastic idea! I'll have to keep this in mind when we get my big guy his big boy bed.

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

what and amazingly cool idea!!!! I am going to have to remember this----I would so love a little reading nook with this little comfy spot too!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

ps I am totally geeked over your find too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ginger said...

Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday last week.

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

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Pam said...

That is adorable.I love it and looks so comfortable. Thanks for sharing.

HAGC said...

The top photo is a pottery barn bed with a twin mattress, though you could re-create it similarly.

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I just can tell that i have the Best sleep since i had my ERGOFLEX no more pain sleeping in my side with a hard Mattress compressing my hips the best sleeps i had considering i have a back Surgery and they recommend always firm support like a rock with the ERGOFLEX i found the right support

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