I was really astonished to see the vast price difference in this department. I'm drawn to simple, clean lined pieces of furniture so it was no surprise when I pulled together a bunch of cribs that I liked that they all had the same shape, but wildly different prices.
Once I established the style I was looking for, functionally I only had a few non-negotiables:
- Adjustable mattress positions
- Convertible to toddler bed
- Conversion kit included
Bottom line, we don't need one more thing to spend money on these days, so whatever we buy needs to be all-inclusive.
With the exception of the Dwell Studios crib, all of the other cribs did have adjustable mattress heights and converted to a toddler bed, but they didn't include a conversion kit and that means they got nixed.
Walmart Baby Mod Olivia
I had no idea Walmart had such a variety of cribs that are surprisingly very modern and very cute. I like the Baby Mod Olivia because of it's mid-century wooden base. Incorporating stained wood make the piece seem more substantial - and I like that, especially for a little boys room.
Serena & Lily Hudson
Essentially the Hudson is a lot like the Baby Modern Olivia, but with white, flared legs and round slats. Of all of the options I'm leaning toward the Hudson the most. I think it's versatile enough to mix into a variety of different styles of nurseries - which is great because I have no idea what else is going in there at this point.
Now for the more technical nitty-gritty specs.
For such a price differential, it's funny how similar the specifics of the cribs are; however, a couple of things jump out at me.
- Of course the Ikea crib is going to contain fiberboard. Do they sell anything without it? The others are solid wood.
- Ikea's crib only has 2 mattress heights = less customizable.
- Ikea's crib doesn't include the toddler rail which I think is a nice option to ensure your child doesn't go tumbling out of their bed.
At the moment, I've landed on the Serena and Lily Hudson crib. But before I make the final decision I plan to pull together the other aspects of the room to make sure they mesh (finally I've learned my lesson). I have to say, this may be my favorite project to date! :)