Product Type: Ikea furniture
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Sweet dreams little Kritters!
Ikea Kritter Bed with Guard Rail
Member Name: MrsD76
Ikea Kritter Bed with Guard Rail
Advantages: Great price, looks lovely and my daugter loves snoozing in it!
Disadvantages: None for me
Little sleepy head
My little girl has been a great sleeper even from a very early age, which is something we feel very blessed - and a little bit smug - about! She has always slept like a dream in her cot and she seems to even enjoy occasional lie-ins!
Once she turned two we started to think it was high time we made the transition to a bed - her cot is quite small and it isn't a cot bed so we would need to make the purchase from scratch. However, a reluctance to do anything that may upset her sleeping patterns meant we kept putting the purchase off for longer and longer! Then once she turned two and half I decided enough was a enough and we had to take the plunge and buy a bed, otherwise we would end up still trying to cram her in to her cot when she's a teenager.
I decided, as I almost always do these days, to do a little research online and it took me hardly any time at all to choose a bed for her. My one pre-requisite was that it would be white to match the rest of her furniture, so when I found this one on the Ikea website for around £50, complete with a guardrail, I looked no further!
The bed is part of Ikea's Kritter range of children's furniture which includes a selection of items such as wardrobes and drawers. We already have two little Kritter chairs and I have been perfectly happy with the quality and durability of these so I was happy to make this purchase with confidence.
The bed also comes in blue and pine (which I guess you could paint to be any colour of your choice). It costs £49.99 and it does NOT include a mattress. The bed is 165cm long, 75cm wide and 67cm high. You'll need a mattress that measures 160cm long and 70cm wide for this bed and, surprise surprise, Ikea stocks a range of mattresses in this exact size!
With my husband and daughter waiting in the car, I did a quick dash into Ikea to pick up the bed. Luckily I had written the product codes down as I decided to buy the bed, mattress and fitted sheets - I think it might be quite tricky to find a mattress to fit the bed exactly in other stores so I would personally recommend this option. They stock many mattresses that are the exact size for this bed in a range of price options.
A word of warning which I hope will be useful to any potential buyers. If you go into Ikea to pick this up, make sure you come out with three packages! The sides and ends of the bed are packaged separately (but stocked together on the shelves - at least in the Edmonton branch at the time I made this purchase!) and you also need to make sure you pick up the slats for the base of the bed - usefully these are stocked separately so don't forget to pick them up! None of the boxes was hugely heavy, and I was quite able to get them on the trolley myself. Like I say, I also grabbed a mattress and fitted sheets for the bed so I hoped that I had everything I needed.
Getting this home I was keen to get started so we took the boxes up to my daughter's room and unpacked them. Thankfully there were very few pieces - the two sides, the top and bottom ends, two long metal struts to support the bed base and the obligatory bag full of nuts, bolts and screws! There is also a bed rail that goes along the side of the bed to stop any tumbles - this can go on either side of the bed and is completely moveable. Although my husband was out I decided to get to work on this by myself, with some 'help' from my daughter who was keen to get involved.
Constructing this bed was really very simple. Although I have had a lot of experience over the years of assembling flatpack furniture, I think most people could manage this one. All you need is a screwdriver and possibly an extra pair of hands to slot the ends on to the sides and to unfurl the slats for the base of the bed. The most tedious part of the job is screwing the metal struts to either side of the bed to support the bed base. This is a very easy job but there are 11 screws on each side so it isn't the most exciting of jobs. Lucky for me I had free entertainment in the shape of my daughter who helped out by putting various screws into various holes for me. Needless to say I had to take these all out but it kept her amused while I got on with the construction! But all in all it was very straightforward and everything slotted together in a very straightforward way, with screws to hold it all in place. I would say it could all be done easily within one hour.
The look of this bed is very simple and it does look lovely once it is made I think. The only slight bit of detailing is two cut-out white sheep at the head of the bed which is a very cute touch, but again is plain enough not to detract from the simplicity of the bed. I think it would suit any decor or colour scheme. It also seems extremely sturdy and secure and I have no concerns about anything coming loose or giving way.
My daughter was delighted with her bed and couldn't wait to give it a go - I got the sheets and covers on quickly so she could test it out. She was chuffed to bits with her new bed and so were we as it is just right for her and very cute! She really enjoys snuggling into it with her assortment of toys. I bought a standard single duvet for the bed and again I should mention that this is a lot bigger than the bed itself which is obviously smaller than a standard single, so I have had to tuck the duvet down the sides. I am sure you get a smaller duvet if you wanted to but to me it was just another expense whereas the bigger duvet will hopefully last us a while yet.
But did it pass the sleep test? Well - so far so good and I am delighted to report that our lazy little girl hasn't had any problems adapting to her lovely new bed. In fact she loves the novelty of it and needs less encouragement than ever to accept that it's bedtime! It's also lovely being able to snuggle on there with her which of course wasn't an option when she was in her cot.
My sleepy summary...
All in all we are all very happy with this bed. It is a really good price and is of a very high quality for the money we paid - it seems very durable and I am confident it will last us a good few years before we need to upgrade again.
Summary: A lovely bed for little Kritters
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