Thank you grandma! We love our beautiful Graco Lauren Classic crib in white. It goes perfectly with the Palm Breeze nursery walls, white wood trim, dark floors, white rain gutter bookshelves, and that amazing area rug we found at Walmart! Although we've only had the crib for a few days, we have so many great things to say about it - and only one bad thing to report. Curious enough to read on? Of course you are! :)
We searched far and wide for just the right crib to sustain our precious little baby-to-be. We wanted something classic, elegant yet manly, minimal, secure, and versatile enough to be used again and again. This puppy (no not that puppy in the corner) had over 70 reviews on Target for a 4 star rating! It was also very cost effective at about $150 bucks. The majority of bad reviews seemed to be problems in putting the crib together or minor aesthetic damages in shipping. With so many positive reviews, and a style to match our nursery, we just could pass this crib up! We also selected a standard sized mattress for our standard sized crib, which was the Safety 1st Heavenly Dreams Crib Mattress at just over $50. Both items shipped at the same time and arrived a few days later. DIY time!!
Excuse our mess in the closet...we're still trying to figure out just what to do here! We used to have a curtain over the doorway but it was a bit girly and our little manly man needed some different digs - so for now he gets open spaces to grow his creativity!
The first thing we always like to do before beginning a DIY project or even a simple assembly is to clear the work space. Safe up your construction zone! It also helps us from losing all those important pieces of hardware that always seem to grow legs and hide in the exact spot of the room where they become camouflaged. Wonderful Sarah cleaned up the nursery before I got home from work so we could start on it right away. We unpacked all the pieces and just took it all in for a moment. We are one step closer to having our son and presenting a clean space for him to thrive in.
All of the crib pieces felt very strong and supported. They even came with little labels to help know how to put the crib together. Sarah opened the hardware package as we needed the various bolts/pegs/screws to make sure we didn't jumble any of them up. The set does come with 4 extra pegs (unless we royally messed up) so if you break or lose one have no fear! Redundant peg is here!
"Are you going to read the instructions before you put the crib together?" she inquired. "Uh, yes dear, I'm going to read the instructions." Guys, I know, instructions are so boring and the crib really isn't that complicated, but I must admit these instructions were very organized and combined a few steps into each diagram to really keep things moving quickly. This crib is held together by using barrel nuts and screws. The provided pegs simply help hold the crib in place while you insert the screws. Barrel nuts are neat because you push them deep into the pre-made holes so that the screw can fit into the barrel nut opening. The barrel nuts have a flat head screwdriver tip in case you need to turn them any but once you've got the screw angled in the right direction you don't need to support them. They'll do their job just fine without you! An Allen wrench is provided for the assembly but we ended up needing a few extra tools to really polish the job.
It turned out one of the screw heads was not properly drilled...in other words, the Allen wrench that should have been able to fit into the screw to tighten it wouldn't fit. The indentation was too shallow and not even the proper shape. No drill bits or screw driver heads would do the trick. Sarah suggested I use our handy-dandy diamond tipped drill bit that we used to install our hotel shower rod in the guest bathroom to enlarge the indentation so I could use a screwdriver to tighten it instead of the Allen wrench. This worked out extremely well! Well done, smarty pants! We also used a flat head screw driver to turn a few of the barrel nuts that were pushed in facing the wrong direction, oops.
Our son isn't even out yet and he's already endorsing the crib!
What you're looking at here is the back (which is made of two pieces, the left side, right side, bottom-front bar for stability, and the wire rack. The wire rack can be positioned to three different heights, as the baby transitions into childhood. We set it at the highest level so Sarah will have some chance of being able to reach in and get him.
Although the crib goes together very easily and took just about an hour from start to finish, it does require a little flexibility. This is a plus though because Graco did an excellent job hiding the screw holes and barrel nut holes from view. From the front, you really can't see any assembly hardware. From the sides all you see is the finished surface of the screw heads which look absolutely fine and polished.
Be sure to do a back check and re-tighten all of the screws with your Allen wrench. Some screws will get loose after installing other pieces because it relieves the overall tension. We don't want this crib falling apart!
Voila! The finished Graco Lauren Classic crib. We love it so much!! It feels extremely stable and secure - high quality construction for sure. The mattress also fit inside the crib perfectly! It's tight against all sides so you don't need to worry about whether or not this crib is a standard size.
So, wudya think? Is our nursery edging just a little bit closer to the real thing? We've got our eyes locked on a glider as well that is unfortunately out of stock and we should be receiving the window curtains soon. Yay! After that it's dresser hunting season and organizing that closet so we can fit all the amazing and cute clothes our beloved family and friends have been blessing us with!