May 30

Jenny Lind Toddler Bed

We are slowly but surely getting our small apartment set up. I’m sort of stuck on the boys’ room though. I fell in love with this image from Domino of Sunrise Ruffalo’s home. Moses is in a little bed and Roman is ready to be done with his crib so it would be perfect to have a pair of beds. I got my heart set on the Jenny Lind style toddler beds before I realized they had been completely discontinued. Other companies like Land of Nod and Target sell twin sized beds but with our small apartment we really need the toddler size. I managed to find one on Craigslist made by Million Dollar Baby but they discontinued them 6 years ago and I haven’t been able to find another. I also found a guy in Chicago that had one made by Dream on Me but I ended up not buying it because I wasn’t sure I could find another. So…anyone have a good solution? Should I give up and just buy a simple toddler bed or should I hold out to find a pair? (Does anyone have one sitting in storage you want to sell me? I’ll pay for shipping!) Any leads or advice is welcome!

Top image from Domino| Bottom image from my iphone


  • Katie says:

    Well, if you can’t find a pair, I know someone local who will most likely take the toddler you have. She’s a mutual friend – Kelly Lee.

  • MichellE says:

    Couldn’t you just use the headboard and footboard from a jenny Lind twin bed, and connect them with the sideboards from a toddler bed? Or make your own sideboards? They’re usually not to complicated.

  • allison says:

    So maybe this is totally unpractical but could you buy 2 Jenny Lind convertible cribs and make them into toddler beds? We have Jenny Lind crib that came with the converter kit. We got for around $100 with a coupon from babies r us. (a few years ago.) Hope this helps! Good luck!

  • No leads, but that Domino tour of the Ruffalo home was/is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES!

  • Jennifer says:

    I am having a similar dilemma b/c our bedrooms are quite small (we live in New Zealand), so I am actually going with bunk beds. This doesn’t solve your problem from the sense of the Jenny Lind style, but your older son seems old enough to manage a top bunk b/c they all have nice high side rails these days. Just an idea.

  • Saw two matching Jenny Lind toddler beds on Ebay today located in Ohio, they’re old and need some repair but they match!

  • ajira says:

    Have you considered having a woodworker or furniture maker make a custom bed for you? Or simply copy the toddler bed you already have? I just happen to know a rather talented woodworker… okay, fine… I’m married to him! Let me know if you want me to connect you!

  • Beaula says:

    Duh, your sister has a how to on her page. Plus those beds shown don’t exactly look toddler friendy.

  • Jaimee says:

    I was going to suggest your sisters how to as well- I am in love with those beds and planning to build them as they will perfect in our house. Good luck with it!

  • JesR says:

    Ikea has LOTS of toddler beds. Plus, several of them adjust to accommodate growing boys!

  • the ikea style might not be your want but that is where they predominately come from in australia.. or my neighbour built her own! super easy she said (she’s swiss and such a hard worker!) but they were a simple style and not as intricate as above.

  • Becky says:

    Here is a Jenny lind toddler bed in cherry.–p9493609/

    You can paint it.

  • Kelley says:

    I second (or third?) the suggestion to just buy two twin-sized Jenny Lind beds and have the side-boards and legs cut down to a more toddler/small-apartment friendly size. Sounds pretty simple to me and you’ve got a guaranteed match :)

  • Tanya says:

    Could you have them made or DIY some thing…we made pallet style frames on casters for my sons room; they would look great with an upholstered headboard! My husband made them using an impact drill; they were done and in the room in one evening.

  • denise says:

    i just did a quick search on the jenny lind toddler bed and this store came up. it looks like you can put two in your cart… I’ve never shopped here so can’t actually vouch for it.

  • Chelsea says:

    i bought one for my son on amazon last fall but looks like they are out of stock right now :(

  • Claudia says:

    What about pottery barn kids, I bought this one for my kids.

  • Jen says:

    It looks like two just came up on the SF Bay area craigslist, they’re bright blue and a slightly different style, but still cute, just a thought. Maybe they’ll sell them to you cheap? You could also get two white jenny lind cribs, which shouldn’t be too hard to find and should be pretty inexpensive, and convert them. I know that’s already been suggested, but it doesn’t seem like it’d be that hard of a project. (In fact I have one in my attic and from what I can see, it looks like it’d be simple to find side pieces. We’re in VA though!)

  • Jen says:

    On second thought, the footboard piece might be very difficult to do. I’m not a master woodworker though :)

  • Daniela says:

    I have a little upholstered toddler bed. It’s teeny tiny and uses a standard crib mattress. It fit perfectly in his teeny 6’x6′ room. We’ve moved to a larger space so now he gets a real big boy bed!

  • Sara says:

    Use the footboard from Moses’s bed as a headboard for Roman’s and attach them to new toddler beds from Ikea. Or what about a trundle bed? Roll it out from under Moses’s bed.

  • Jules says:

    I think the twin cut down is a great idea, but unless I’m mistaken, a toddler mattress is significantly narrower than a twin mattress. Isn’t it just a crib mattress in a bed frame? I think such a small mattress would look out of scale and downright goofy floating in between a twin headboard/footboard. I say keep searching. Two toddler beds will pop up.

    I also like Sara’s idea of a trundle. They make Jenny Lind trundles, I believe.

  • These aren’t Jenny Lind, but they’re pretty friggin’ gorgeous (and not insanely expensive for modern high quality baby furniture) – Harper Toddler bed from Giggle

    Also, just a thought, have an upholsterer make you little custom padded beds with a cool fabric – padded headboard and padded sides all the way around (so the box spring is hidden). Something like the ones from Restoration Hardware but mini.

    I have an AMAZING upholsterer here in CT that could do them for you if you know anyone traveling cross-country anytime soon!
    Xo, Amanda

  • I know you are looking for toddler beds but I saw this post on copy cat chic today and had to share in case you hadn’t seen it:

    Best of luck! I know your boys’ room will be darling and I can’t wait to see pictures.


  • missm says:

    Hey someone already suggested it! Great suggestion! Don’t know about the shipping though.

  • Mary Beth says:

    Hang in there! I fell in love with that very same photo, and finally (after a few months of Craigslist stalking) found the perfect pair. I got them for about $100, painted them glossy white and they are perfect! My advice is to stay away from makeshift anything and hold out for the real deal – it will be so worth it in the long run! Also, try searching Craigslist in other cities – you might find someone willing to ship them up to you.

  • Rachel says:

    Just saw one in Denver yesterday at reZened.

  • I’ve seen pairs of jenny lind beds listed on craigslist before but they get snatched up fast! I actually got a single 70 year old JL headboard/foodboard on craigslist for $15 and refinished it. It’s now in my son’s room painted a grayish/blue and I love it so much! I was so happy to not have to spend the $$$ like the land of nod one! :) Good luck in your search!

  • kati says:

    what a coincidence! i had been agonizing of the exact same dilemma until a couple weeks ago i freakishly (you know they are impossible to find so freakishly is not an exaggeration here) found a vintage one on portland’s craigslist for $45! we got it home and are going to paint it hot pink! but i didn’t tell this nice old grandmother that. her 14 year old granddaughter is really tall and just outgrew it, but her mother (so, the granddaughter’s great-grandmother) had driven it as a set of 2 from pueblo colorado to portland over 40 years ago. she was keeping the other one for her grandson, but i’m thinking of calling her back and begging her for the 2nd one, too! they are so discouragingly hard to find! good luck, it would be so cute if you can find them!

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  • Meg says:

    My son who is 3 is just about to big for a toddler bed. I imagine that your oldest has got to be bigger than my 3 yr old. I would also be worried about the youngest falling out of the bed without a rail up. If you but a rail on that bed wouldn’t ruin the look anyways? I guess I am trying to say that the beds are cute but pretty unpractical.

  • Jac says:

    This may not be helpful but I couldn’t resist sharing…
    Over Christmas my Aunt gave us the family toddler bed that has been in our family for well over 100 years. It’s just like the one from Land of the Nod but the width of a twin bed as two children would sleep in it at a time. Our (then) almost 2-year old quit co-sleeping and hoped right into his new toddler bed that very night as he was clearly super psyched to inherit this gorgeous family heirloom. Good luck on your hunt! X

  • Sabrina says:

    If I were you, I would buy two twin beds! You’re boys will grow so fast and soon you the toddler size won’t be big enough. Save yourself the money (and time) and buy two beds instead of four! :)

  • Heidi says:

    I’m so sorry I don’t have a solution but I have a question. My oldest is ready for his crib to convert to a toddler but I’m confused about sheets. Do you use a topsheet on your toddler bed? Do normal twin topsheets work or have you found actual toddler sheet sets anywhere?

  • I went through the same thing! I actually happened upon one at a thrift shop locally and next to it was a jenny lind sort of style but not the same. They were pretty close, thinking one day my boys would have to share a room, and it could work. Ultimately I did not buy the extra one bc what would I do with it until then?
    The picture that inspired me? This one:
    Also, check your thrift stores, I know there have to be some good ones in SF. Good luck!

  • ericajloh says:

    I just saw a free Ikea toddler bed on craigslist. It’s in San Anselmo. Might fit the bill?

  • Amy says:

    I agree with Sabrina. Kids grow so fast you won’t get much use out of a toddler bed. But if you are really set on it, why don’t you get a twin for your older son and use the single toddler bed for your younger one. They can coordinate while not exactly match. Eventually you can sell the toddler bed and get a second twin. Remember you won’t be living in your apartment forever, but the beds could last a lifetime.

  • Emma says:

    We have a nice toddler bed from Ikea, wooden, simple and cosy. And would look good in a pair.

  • monika says:

    I didn’t read all the comments so maybe someone already suggested this, but the Target version is just a head & foot board, so you could attach it to a white toddler frame & voila.

  • jody says:

    not a rope bed, but there are tons of great twin bed frames to be found on craigslist if you have the patience to look for them!

  • I just purchased a couple months ago an espresso Dream on Me Jenny Lind toddler bed for my boy. I think with shipping it was around $120. I went to check but they are not available. I did find this other company:
    It’s priced at $89 I believe. But I do hope you get this quick so you can get two of them. good luck. I may be getting rid of mine since my almost three year old is needing more room but its only one and I know you need two. I will keep my eye’s out in case this doesn’t work out. But fingers crossed it will!

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