Product Type: Ikea furniture
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Small But Perfectly Formed- IKEA LEKSVIK Cot
Ikea Cot Beds
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Ikea Cot Beds
Advantages: It looks classically cute and is sturdy and practical.
Disadvantages: It's small and limits you to buying IKEA complimentary products.
As first time parents on a budget- with not one 'hand me down' to look forward to- we had to tighten the old belt in a few departments. On rummaging round IKEA early on in my pregnancy, I remembered that the cots on display looked nice enough, so persuaded my husband that we should go back to have a closer look (both he and his wallet were more than willing to do so).
We chose the LEKSVIK cot more or less straight away. That said- the choice on display was pretty limited- it was this or a blue one which wasn't to our taste at all. Given that we knew ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about anything to do with baby furniture, and bought this cot on what was ore or less a whim- we didn't do too badly!
The antique stain kind of colour is classical looking and it stands as a handsome little piece of furniture in the nursery- easy to co-ordinate.
There are other pieces of furniture in this range (you will find that in the catalogue, some of the LEKSVIK bits look like they're different coloured wood to other bits- but they're not in real life!). We went back and chose a chest of drawers with a changing table top and another chest of drawers of a different size (I went into premature labour in the middle of the shopping trip intended to buy the drawers, so it took a third trip to buy these!).
It would be easy to extend your search for matching nursery furniture as other ranges also match- the IKEA staff are usually pretty good at advising.
The cot has two heights for both little baby, and for when he/she can sit up or stand and it becomes necessary to drop the base.
It's easy to put together, even for me...
It's nice and sturdy with no sharp edges or dodgy bits of poor quality. Good solid wood and nice hard base.
It converts into a cotbed (kind of). One side comes off, giving your older baby freedom to get in and out by themselves. We never tested it in this mode though, but it seemed a very practical toddler bed solution.
It's value for money. I think we paid just over £60 for it- it's currently £74.47. It certainly doesn't look cheap and the quality is good.
It doesn't hog floor space in your nursery as it's smaller than standard sized cots.
As mentioned above- it's small! Width : 79 cm, height : 12 cm, length : 121 cm. Mattress size- Width : 60 cm,
height : 9 cm, length : 120 cm.
This became a real issue for me as I admired other people's cots which looked huge in comparison! A rather irrational bug bear as to be fair, as when our baby came home after a long old hospital stay- he weighed under 4lb and looked like a marble in a paddling pool when he lay in it! But you know how it is- we all have a bit of 'bigger is better' within!
We owned this cot in Dubai when we lived there and moved back to the UK when my son was ten months old, leaving it behind, so as to how an older child would fare in it- I'm not convinced, but perhaps a toddler might command a little more space.
You need to buy your mattress, bedding and cot bumper (should you require one) from IKEA due to the sizing differences between UK standard and IKEA standard. This was not a problem for us as we bought the mattress with it (spending about £50) which was a also a good buy. But should you need new fitted sheets and your nearest IKEA is 50 miles away, it may become a little cumbersome!
Incidentally- the fitted sheets are very good to use in travel cots as they're smaller than other cot sheets!
On the whole it did us fine, was practical and functional and for the price, we couldn't really grumble.
Summary: A value for money buy for your little one if you don't mind the smaller size...
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