Convert A Crib Into Full Size Bed

If you are a parent that purchased a bed that will grow with their child throughout the years chances are you purchased a convertible crib. Great news changing it into a regular big boy or big girl bed is easy and its cheap. The most important thing you must determine before assembling this larger bed is to start by reading your crib directions. If you no longer have the instructions you can contact a store that specializes in these types of bed frames. You will need to purchase metal side rails that will convert a crib into a full size bed.

Metal Side Rails That Will Convert A Crib Into A Full Size Bed

Convert A Crib Into A Full Size Bed

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The sides of the crib will need to be removed and the new steel side rails will connect the back of the crib to the front of the crib turning them into a headboard and foot board for your full size bed. This will create distance between the headboard and foot board by spreading them apart to approximately 77 inches while supporting your 54 inch wide full size mattress and boxspring. You should find that you have one of 2 connection types on the lower part of legs of your convertible crib. The ends will use either a hook in or bolt up connection. If it is a Hook in type you will notice a vertical slot and pins in the head and foot where the down hook rails can slide into place. Bolt up side rails will have holes in their mounting plates that line up with predrilled holes located in the legs of the headboard and footboard of your former crib front and back.

Most side rails designed today are slattless and will allow for better weight distribution of your boxspring foundation. There is typically a connecting wire that spans the width between the 2 side rails that keeps them from spreading. Stronger versions will offer a center support bar that includes feet adding strength and years of life to your converted full size bed and frame.

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Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

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This is a question actually. I bought my son a convertible crib. He is 5 now and too big for the day bed. I want to make the switch to a full bed but we lost the front side(or foot) of the bed. Can i do without that end? Your help would be greatly appreciated because i bought this bed so he could keep it for most if not all of his childhood. Thank you.

Comment by tesha fritz — April 3, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

We have the same issue. I am just going to drill 2 holes in each leg of the headboard and use bolt-up frame rails that do not have footboard plates.

Comment by Rob E — April 27, 2013 @ 9:09 am

Do you have to use the footboard when converting to a full size bed?

Comment by Leslie — November 2, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

Leslie, No you do not. We carry a frame that will fit the bill if you have a hook in style bed. See our #88 hook in frame for headboard only. Many people just don’t have the space to use a footboard.

Comment by Douglas Belleville — November 4, 2013 @ 6:41 am

Hello, I have an Eastside lifestyle crib, made by Babitalia. 4 years ago when I purchased the crib I couldn’t afford to buy the kit conversion for a full bed. Now my son needs a full size bed, the coverslip kit for this particular Crib has been discontinued . I’ve bought hook in rails from a mattress store but the hooks are not compatible for the head/foot board. Are there different kind of hooks? If so would you have some that fit my crib?

Thank you

Ruth

Comment by Ruth — August 16, 2014 @ 2:38 am

Hi Ruth, This is true, all down hooks are not the same. On all of our bed frames you will see a template you can print off, trace onto card stock, and test for proper fit on your bed in the hook in slots. If you have any questions or need help please contact us at the toll free number at the top of the page. This should be very helpful in determining fit. Thank you for contacting us. Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — August 19, 2014 @ 7:33 am

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