I got one for myself because I thought it would be a great conversation piece when I got back home. I had no idea I would be using it for a crib but it sure paid off.
You use foam for the mattress and to put around the sides. Like a baby basket (which I also made with lace and padding to bring my baby home from the hospital) you can turn it into something truly joyous.
The open side you place against the wall. There is more than enough room for a baby to sleep in for about 2-3 even 4 years but usually after 1 1/2 they tend to go into either a bunk, twin or a double bed and then you are left with a crib you have no use for.
The Elephant chair could be used as a coffee table, which it is now and I also used it for decoration and picture taking. It is great to put in a doll display, stuffed toys. books, magazines and other displays you want people to see through glass.
Fill it with cushions and kids will still like to climb into it to watch TV, imagining they are sitting atop a huge elephant.
Before long, you find them curled up and sleeping like angels. They never have nightmares sleeping in this ol chair because so many stories can be invented sitting beside it, and they go to sleep, heroes on a great adventure. (Like something out of a Never Ending Story)
If you have guests with babies, well the good ol elephant chair becomes a crib again because it is so easy to store the padding for it.
Anyway... this is my elephant chair. I enjoyed it so much and have great memories from it.
And besides.....you never know when an elephant may decide to pop in and give you a ride .lol