Feeling thrifty...

This may look like an ordinary toddler bed to you... but don't be deceived... things aren't what they appear!

Join me on my journey of discovery:

1) Brooks figured out how to get out of his crib.

2) He actually learned how to dismantle the crib completely. So I took the crib apart immediately and put his mattress on the floor, as a temporary solution until I could think of something better. But the result was a complete eye sore and constant source of frustration when I had to put his "bed" back together every day.

3) I debated putting Brooks into the double bed which is already in his room, but the mattress was too thick to put a railing on the side, and it felt cruel to just let him fend for himself in there.

4) I thought about moving Josh into the big bed, giving him a room of his own... but that would mean that Brooks and Caleb would then share a room... and I'm NOT ready for that dynamic. Not to mention giving Josh the satisfaction of winning me over to a room of his own. I just don't think it's fair for him at a young age of 9 years old, for him to have a secret, private place of his very own, when I have NEVER, in the history of my 32 years have had a bedroom to myself. But I digress, yet again.

5) So I went on a search for a toddler bed... but I wasn't willing to spend $50 or more to get one (I know, I'm cheap!). So I abandoned the issue, and thought I would have to just deal with the annoyance of him sleeping on the floor.

But then one day, it just came to me like a light bulb switching on... like a ray of sunshine from the heavens... like a gust of wind sweeping into mind... (okay, I'll stop with the metaphors)...

This was my epiphany!
Using my #10 cans of food storage as a base for the bed...

Then using the crib board laid on top of the cans... for a make-shift "boxspring". Then I pinned the crib skirt to fit around and cover up the cans.

And TAH-DAH! It's a win-win! I didn't have to spend a dime or change the sleeping arrangments... and I have a place to hid my food storage!... and now Brooks has a cute little bed of his very own... and he LOVES IT!!!


5 Responses to "Feeling thrifty..."

Anonymous said... April 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Very clever!!! Leave it to you KaLisi...you have a solution for every problem!! you never cease to amaze me!!

Emily Marie said... April 11, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Nice! When I saw the bed and the title of the post I was going to guess that you used the boxes of #10 cans, but the cans themselves work just as good!! :)Great job! :)

Suzie Soda said... April 11, 2011 at 2:56 PM

You are a genious. I have always said that! xoxo

Tisha said... April 11, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Nice... I might just try that one. Little Ash hasn't figured out how to climb out of his crib yet so we'll wait a bit. I learned my lesson with Kenna. It's much, MUCH better to wait a bit.

Jenina said... April 22, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Okay, Blake is still right in sync with Brooks! He too has just started climbing out of his crib last week! Naps have ended, and that has caused everything to spiral quickly out of control. But I love your solution- I've been trying to figure out where to put more food storage!

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