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Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

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!

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

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!

Vintage Crib Turned Couch Before

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?!

Vintage Crib Turned Couch Before

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.

Vintage Crib Turned Couch with Cushions

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.

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib converted into Couch

Vintage Crib converted into cozy couch 2

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

All I did was tuck an old white quilt around the cushions and it works perfectly.

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch
Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

Vintage Crib Converted into Couch

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by! And as always you can find me on Pinterest, Facebook & Instagram.

Vintage Crib Converted into Cozy Couch

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The Comments

  • Kim
    July 15, 2016


    This is absolutely beautiful. I love you style and looked forward to each blog you post. I’ve gotten many ideas from you. And like you I get giddy reading you posts. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    • Sarah
      > Kim
      July 15, 2016

      Aww Kim! That’s so sweet of you to say. I really appreciate you being here! And it’s so fun to know you enjoy reading so much. Thank you! xoxo

  • Joette
    July 15, 2016

    What a great piece!

  • Jacy
    July 15, 2016

    Soooo cool! Perfect spot for coffee and chit chatting!

  • Rondell
    July 15, 2016

    Oh I love it! Likeir Sarah I look forward to each post that you do, you have really inspired me. It will take me a while but I’m so happy to finally know what I love and that’s farmhouse style!

  • Kim Banko
    July 16, 2016

    Wow! Congrats on this find and amazing transformation. It is stunning!

  • Marilyn
    July 16, 2016

    Love it -as well as everything else in the room! How do you have you’re curtains hanging from the rod and are the buffalo check throw pillows Ikea emmie ruta? Did you make them or buy them like this? I just bought the emmie ruta twin duvet covers and am using them to make curtains for our bedroom -they were on sale for $19.99 each -(I couldn’t even have purchased the fabric for that). Your nest is just beautiful and full of inspiration.

    • Sarah
      > Marilyn
      July 16, 2016

      Hi Marilyn! I actually hung those curtains with little pieces of twine. That curtain rod is really big around, this this was my best solution! And I bought those pillows from Target. I tried to find a link for you, but for some reason they aren’t listed online. But I just found them a few days ago, so they should be there. Sounds like your curtains will be awesome and what a great price! Thanks so much for stopping by. xoxo

  • Susanne Stewart
    July 16, 2016

    What a creative way to upcycle that crib!! I love it!! You have the magic touch 🙂

  • Emily
    July 18, 2016

    I absolutely love this!! I hope to find a vintage crib somewhere very soon so I can try it!

    • Sarah
      > Emily
      July 19, 2016

      Thank you Emily! I hope you can find one!

  • Amber
    July 19, 2016

    I love it! Super cute and creative way to have additional seating. I have a question for you. What type of slipcover/cover did you use for the cushions? I have looked at stores for slipcovers and they seem to be pricey and nothing close to cuteness I see in the pictures above. I adore your style and your DIY projects- always look forward to new posts.

    • Sarah
      > Amber
      July 19, 2016

      Thanks Amber! Yes, slipcovers are super pricey and most of the time I don’t even like the ones I find. So I just tucked a white quilt around the cushions. Works perfectly!

  • Sherri
    August 9, 2016

    I Love Love LOVE this! I want one now! Lol

  • Terry Moore
    September 19, 2016

    I just found this crib on Pinterest and it led to your blog I have this exact same crib! I just got it out of the shed this past weekend to convert to a tiny daybed for my 2 year old granddaughter when she comes to stay. However mine must be smaller because it is only 24 inches wide by 48 long and a standard crib mattress will be too large. I am leaving mine chippy and will seal well with sealer and custom make all the bedding using a new dense 4 inch foam. You will be able to see it on my blog when I get it done in Nov. Oct. Is full with a wedding ( I’m making her dress) and the arrival of my son’s first baby!

    • Sarah
      > Terry Moore
      September 19, 2016

      That sounds awesome Terry, I’ll definitely check out your blog!

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  • Cyndie
    January 1, 2017

    Just found your blog today and I’m excited to investigate further! I have an antique crib I used for our daughter (she’s 26 now) and am inspired to convert it. I don’t have an old quilt but I imagine I can find something to cover some cushions. Did you use separate pieces for the back cushions? Or, are they the same quilt but just look like they’re separate? Happy New Year!!

    • Sarah
      > Cyndie
      January 2, 2017

      Hi Cyndie!! I actually used one large quilt, I believe it’s a queen size, and it covered the whole thing–I just tucked it in around the back and bottom cushions. So glad you found my blog!

  • Eileen
    January 29, 2017

    Hello, could you tell me the wall color you used Its a creamy yellow Love it

    • Sarah
      > Eileen
      January 29, 2017

      Hi Eileen! It’s Autumn Blonde by Sherwin Williams.

  • Julie
    April 11, 2017

    I have my baby crib which is a white brass crib that I have used as a couch since my college days. I love what you did with yours to make it more comfortable ( I have a crib mattress) and the farmfouse touch with the quilt. Mine is about to get an update. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  • Jayne Laste
    July 21, 2018

    Love the crib. I just found a very similar one. My question is: how did your father-in-law attach the bottom part and did you leave the springs on?

  • Karen
    February 7, 2019

    I love this beautiful crib/couch. I love usable vintage items. Thanks for sharing.

  • Monika Makarewicz
    December 2, 2019

    i have been looking to do this exact project using a crib mattress…I wish you showed more details on how the support was attached under the cushions. Love how it turned out, just what im after. !!

  • Maria
    May 13, 2020

    I Love this little couch! My idea exactly! Thank You for sharing about the coushions before I bought the crib mattress! I need to remove layers of paint any suggestions? Thank You

  • Jo
    June 24, 2020

    I rescued a matching pair, from a transfer facility, in Castine ME. I am having them painted now, what size are the cushions that fit these?

  • Gayle
    August 31, 2020

    Can you do this with a wood crib? I have 3, one is just the 2 end pieces, and 2 with all pieces. Most Tutes say to cut the sides so it’s not so deep. I like the extra pillows!

  • RaNae Miller
    November 14, 2020

    How did you make the back of the couch as high as the sides? Is it just cushions? I absolutely love the finished project!