Children gulliver crib with baby door

Published on February 17th, 2016 | by IH guest


IKEA Gulliver crib with baby’s door

IKEA Gulliver crib with baby's door

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Our daughter sometimes felt trapped inside the crib but also loves to play in it. Therefore I removed six of the side wall bars and replaced them with a baby’s door that I crafted in my kitchen. The door consists of wooden frame of the nearly same dimensions/thickness as the material of the crib sides. The wooden strips and the hinges and fittings were bought at hardware stores similar to Home Depot in the US.

IKEA Gulliver crib with baby's door

The door has two hinges that both are as long as the height of the door for maximum stability. One is mounted by the point of fixation to the crib side while the second is mounted at the middle of the door in order to allow it to be folded in half. This folding function is intended to avoid the door occupying too much space.

When closed by the baby the door will be loosely “locked” by two magnets that present enough magnetic force to hold the door in place but still weak enough for the baby to open the door by herself.

At bedtime, a small shoot bolt lock ensures that the door is firmly closed and cannot be opened by the child.

IKEA Gulliver crib with baby's door

IKEA Gulliver crib with baby's door

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7 Responses to IKEA Gulliver crib with baby’s door

  1. xdannigirl says:

    Great hack, but I’d be too worried about malfunctioning latches to try to implement it.

  2. BrAve says:

    I don’t see the crib being “ruined” at all..The hack is well done, the crib still looks nice and it can still be used for the next child while serving the needs of the child using it now.
    Great idea David

  3. Luke says:

    Any chance of getting photos of the crib without your child in it, so I can pin to my Pinterest?

    This is a fantastic idea.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    It seems you put a lot of work into this and did a good job, but I don’t get it. Why ruin a perfectly good crib, a piece that could have been used for another baby (or sold to help pay for a bed), instead of getting her a bed.

    • Vonnie says:

      The crib is not “ruined” and the adaptation doesn’t make it unusable for another baby. I think it provides a little “adventure” for his little one and gives a sense of independence. Nice job.

      • Elizabeth says:

        As I said, he did a good job. I am not discounting the workmanship. Let’s agree to disagree on the rest. I chose to give my toddlers more than a small taste of adventure and independence by moving them out of the crib completely, but some parents prefer to keep them in the crib longer. I may not get it, but there is no one right way. Best Wishes!

  5. Poshnessary says:

    Haha love it! Great idea.

    Kisses from

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