Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Infamous Rocking Chair, Nursing Chair, Snuggle Chair, and Bedtime Story Chair

When it came time to pick out a chair for the nursery I knew exactly what I wanted. I have dreamed about snuggling up with my little one in an overstuffed comfortable chair for as long as I can remember. When I was pregnant I envisioned many hours being spent in that chair, rocking, nursing, and reading stories to the little baby growing inside of me.

I wanted a white (yep, I said WHITE) chair that was comfortable and I wanted it to have the ability to rock or glide. The Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider met all of my requirements and the first time I saw it I could already see myself snuggling with our baby in it that is, until I saw the price tag. $849? I just couldn't justify spending that on a chair for a nursery. Words like spit up, poop, milk, formula, and EIGHT HUNDRED AND FORTY NINE dollars just don’t mix.

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Pottery Barn Kids Comfort Swivel Glider $849
I knew I had to find a cheaper version of this chair but let’s face it, furniture manufacturers totally exploit the fact that new parents are willing to spend some big bucks when it comes to their precious newborn and they price their furniture accordingly.

I already had two Ikea Jennylund chairs in our master bedroom sitting area and one day while I was cleaning up the room I noticed that the Jennylund chair bares a shocking resemblance to my dream PB Kids Comfort Glider.

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Ikea Ektorp Jennylund Chair $199
The price was a fourth of my dream chair, it had a removable (WASHABLE) slipcover, and it was even a little smaller which made it perfect for the nursery! Sure it had legs and I was looking for a rocking chair, but I figured that wouldn't be a problem AT ALL. Smile A quick search on Google and I discovered that my theory was correct. The Ikea Jennylund Hack has been completed for many nurseries over the past few years! I used the tutorial from Mrs. Wigglebottom to complete the task.
First I got all of my supplies together:
  • Jennylund Chair from Ikea
  • Swivel Rocker bottom (I found mine on eBay for $35 but you can also purchase one here.)
  • a piece of 3/4” MDF (leftover from my never ending breakfast nook project)
  • a piece of 2x4 (also leftover from a project)
  • screws
Then I called Chad, my loving brother in law, to ask him if he could help me cut a piece of plywood. After he and my sister, Beth, got done laughing at me for “making a simple chair complicated,” he agreed to help.
The bottom of our chair was slightly different from Mrs. Wigglebottom’s but the overall concept was still the same.

First we removed the fabric from the bottom of the chair.

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Then Chad cut the plywood to fit in the hole.

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We added the two pieces of 2x4 so that the slipcover could clear the floor.

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Last, but certainly not least, he added the rocker base.

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Ta da!!

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The chair is everything I imagined and more. I have spent countless hours sitting in the rocker and as I suspected it has become my favorite seat in the house!


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