What was I thinking?!?! I designed a nursery with no rocking chair. I think I underestimated how much time I logged in the rocker-recliner we had in Snickerdoodle's original nursery. We sold that because it would have taken up half of this tiny little nursery but I really should have replaced it with something that would fit. I guess my oversight gave me a chance to get creative though.
Do you remember this chair:
I did a bunch of research, looking for just the right small chair and decided on this chair from Ikea. Then I found someone selling a used one on Craigslist for dirt cheap but without the cover. I bought that then purchased the cover new. Unfortunately the cover wasn't white enough so I took a chance and bleached it and it came out perfect.
Perfect except it is just a chair and it doesn't rock and we don't have a single indoor chair that rocks in our entire house and the baby sure likes movement.
I started pondering this issue and even went so far as to put a request on the local Freecycle board for a rocking chair thinking I could take the runners off one and attach them to this chair. No such luck, I got one response and it turned out to be a glider. I managed to attach the glider gear to the bottom of this chair but the results were so absurd I didn't even try to make it work.
After much more pondering, I remembered I had the parts to an old drop-side crib in our garage and it had curved sides.
I got to work taking it apart and cutting it up a bit (here's what I didn't use):
Then I attached my new homemade runners to the bottom of the chair:
I flipped the chair over to confirm it still looked good:
But the best part is . . . IT WORKS!!! I'm giddy with this no cost project.
Now what should I do with the scrap pieces? I'll think of something.
Thank you for reading,
Update - Ikea Hackers published my hack!! Check it out here.