Published on February 15th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


SNIGLAR – Crib co sleeper

SNIGLAR co-sleeper crib
SNIGLAR co-sleeper crib

Materials: crib SNIGLAR (39 €), 4 wheels (0.85 € c / u) and a hinge (2.60 €)

Description: After 2 years of living with our son Ivan who is a candidate to win the prize for the child on the planet with least sleep, it was clear that with the new one is coming to us, we are not to play, and although Mr. Estivil criticize us, we wanted a co-sleeping crib to avoid those early months in which the baby eats were every 2 hours, with consequent little walks in pajamas and disoriented, we took from our bed to his crib, in darkness and stumbling over anything (shoes, teddy, our moral) that was lying on the ground.

Buuuuuut the crib co sleeper we had seen cost a pretty penny and while we would have gladly paid for sleep, I am an Ikea hacker, and I proposed to have a brand new challenge. Make a co-sleeping crib for six pence.

Me bought a crib SNIGLAR (39 €), 4 wheels (0.85 € c / u) and a hinge (2.60 €). And I and my dear miter saw we got to work.

SNIGLAR co-sleeper crib
SNIGLAR co-sleeper crib
SNIGLAR co-sleeper crib

The crib SNIGLAR 125×65 cm measures. I stop the crib to 87×58 cm. (inside of 83×54) and the base at the level that we should have for our mattress (in our case, the top of the base is at 43 cm. To put a mattress and the result is flush with our mattress bed).

After several cuts, drills and screws the result is what you see.

A solid crib, super easy to move, and that can convert in a co-sleeping crib very easy.

I love the result. I hope the baby is on his way too and we all happily sleep.

A greeting!


PD.: The chains that hold the caps took them out of the back pockets of jeans that bothered my wife, SUPER HACKER!

~ Javier, Madrid – SPAIN

CAUTION: “Safety is paramount. Please review safe sleep environment guidelines like this for infants before attempting to convert your crib into a sidecar.” ~ Jules

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19 Responses to SNIGLAR – Crib co sleeper

  1. signe says:

    Found your hack, which is just what I’ve been searching for. Can you send a picture of the type of wheels you have used, having a hard type finding wheels which has a small enough base to be attached to the bed legs.


  2. hella says:

    hey- I keep reading that the sniglar crib has 2 mattress heights. can anyone tell me exactly what those heights are?

  3. Minerva says:

    Hola Javier,

    Muchas gracias por la idea, nos encanta. Lo que no entendemos es cómo consigues acortar la parte que acoplas a vuestra cama. ¿Cortas los barrotes a la altura de vuestra cama (calculando el colchón), pero cómo los sacas y vuelves a poner en el listón?


  4. jim says:

    Hi. I have a quick question. How did you separate the slats from the rails so that you could put them back together and make one side of the crib Shorter?

  5. vinay says:

    Can you send me pictures of the wheels you used ? Thanks.

  6. Grace says:

    Hi what types of wheels did you use? the ones with bolt and nut or with plate?

  7. Julia Kristina says:

    This is great! thank you so much for the how-to.



  8. Byrdi says:

    This could easily be used for a very short lady with children! Drop side cribs weren’t unsafe; the cheap, poorly made ones were a little unsafe. (Older ones are fine, though you still can’t sell them.)

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was looking at doing something very similar with the crib, for the same (financial) reasons. But because we planned to use the cot until daughter is three I could never allow any of these sort of chains or hinges. An 18 month old toddler can test the cot safety surprisingly well…
    I suppose for the first 4 months it is great solution and the cot can go between a wall and parents bed to prevent separating.

  10. Sarah says:

    I like it as well – Same question as the person above – do you have a way to keep it from separating from your bed? If not, I woudl think that some sort of extension of the wooden platform that could slide between your mattress and box springs should work. (If they aren’t level, perhaps just fabric that could tuck in, to make sure it doesn’t get a gap between the crib & bed)

    • Krysta says:

      I’ve seen another diy with this crib. They used heavy duty straps to connect it to their bed & didn’t use the wheels, they cut the feet to lower the crib & make the mattress the same height as their bed (when crib mattress is at its highest setting) also the crib already has the feature of taking off the one side so there is no need to hinge, as another poster mentioned.

  11. Anonymous says:

    My younger brother lost a finger in a crib with a hinge, many years ago. Please be very careful with this hinge! Cribs with hinges were removed from the market for a reason.

  12. JanineM says:

    For the gap between bed and crib I got an idea/solution…. how can I post a pic? Or where shall I send the picture?

  13. Irene, Barcelona says:

    ¡¡Javier!! me encanta, muy muy sencillo y genial.

    Please, can you publish some pictures of the MALM drawers you have behind? the ones with the teddy animals!!! They look soo cute! Our baby will be born in 2 months and I would love to do something like that for her!

    • Javito says:

      Hola Irene, los peluches son los baratos del Ikea (antes costaban 0,50 € c/u). Para engancharlos, nosotros aprovechamos que ya habiamos hecho taladros a los cajones (para poner tiradores de la serie hemmes para que nos fueran a juego con el divan); así que simplemente cosimos unas bridas a los peluches y las metimos por los taladros (dejando la cabeza de la brida como tope por el interior del cajon). Ya esta. Quedan superchulos, a mi hijo le chiflan y no pueden ser mas economicos (con lo caros que van los tiradores infantiles). Ademas no sufren mucho, porque los cajones Malm se pueden abrir sin necesidad de usar el tirador.
      Si quieres dame tu correo y te envio un par de fotos del resultado.

  14. JohannaK says:

    Fantastic!! Awesome hack!! :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    A very nice hack! I like it.

    The only question I have: normally, this sort of co-sleeping cribs are fixed to the parents bed to prevent the crib moving away from the bed and the child falling down.
    How can you fix your crib to your bed?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely Greatest Hack ever! Fortunately our pack is full, but if it was’t, i’d certainly copy this hack. Is this The Winner 2012?

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