Stylish Convertibles: Cribs to Toddler Beds

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Almost 5 years ago, when I began planning my son Alex's nursery, I didn't have a great vision of what I wanted his room to be beyond the crib stage. We looked into converting the crib to a toddler bed but it had such an awkward appearance, with very tall head/ footboard, such that it resembled the letter H. It also required the purchase of a conversion kit, so we opted for a full size bed and bypassed the toddler bed altogether. Looking back, I wish I'd had the foresight to seek out a more elegant design. I've selected 8 modern, stylish cribs which convert beautifully and seamlessly into beds. Many of them do not even require the additional purchase of a conversion kit.

Resource List
  1. The Caravan crib ($695-895), by Kalon Studios, can be transformed to a toddler bed by removing the rails but there is also an optional toddler rail kit ($345), available in multiple colors.
  2. The Echo crib ($1195), by Kalon Studios, can be used with the conversion kit ($475) or without.
  3. The Io/ Ioline crib ($1595-2200), by Kalon Studios, has two available conversion kit designs ($545) but can be used without.
  4. The Classic crib ($970), by Oeuf, with toddler conversion kit ($260).
  5. The Leander crib ($1299), which converts into a toddler bed and longer junior bed
  6. The Nifty Clear crib ($1550), by Ubabub, also available in Nifty Timber ($999), with conversion kit ($179).
  7. The Pod crib ($2100), by Ubabub, has removable sides for easy conversion
  8. The iconic Scandinavian Kili crib (700 GBP, currently out of stock), by Sebra, expands to become a toddler and junior bed


Some images of my favorite crib/ toddler beds

Kalon Studios Caravan Divan
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Kalon Studios Echo Bed
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Leander Junior Bed
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Leander Junior Bed with Safety Guard
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Oeuf Classic Toddler Bed. Design by Sissy and Marley
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Sebra Kili crib. Melt Design Studio.
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(Image credits: as linked; (composite by Katerina Buscemi); Kalon Studios; Leander; Marco Ricca; Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen)

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