IKEA Hensvik Baby Crib and Bed Review
Saving money when you have a child should always come second to safety. Does the IKEA Hensvik Baby Crib fit the bill? Any item only qualifies as a frugal buy if it gives you more for less. With this in mind, I needed to buy a crib for my daughter. As a frugal minded shopper, I wanted firstly, to find the best quality crib that I could afford, and secondly, to get value for my money. I went to IKEA to take a look at the Hensvik baby crib personally.
Cribs have quite a price range (anywhere from about $90 at IKEA to an unbelievable $19,995). This is bewildering for any parent when the safety and happiness of their child are paramount. What to buy, what to buy?
First, it is important to go and see the crib for yourself. Go to IKEA personally. I would never buy anything like this online. There is no substitute for being able to go and shake that crib, to twist it, to punch it, and to push it in every direction. This is my daughter’s safety at stake here after all. I don’t care if my fellow IKEA shoppers stare or do an old “tusk, tusk” as they pass by. They should be doing the exact same thing.
I don’t normally like shopping at IKEA. The store is designed to give you a headache if you don’t follow its store layout. It is like a shopping trough. Move your head to the right, move your head to the left; “hey, keep moving” (and spending). I find it a high stress environment. Nevertheless, I wanted to see the Hensvik baby crib for myself. I would have tried sleeping in it myself as well (despite the unpleasantness of shopping there), but it is simply too small.
Well, I went and I shook the Hensvik. It seemed very sturdy. I shook it again, this time a bit harder. It still seemed very sturdy to me. I tried twisting it as well. No torsion at all. The IKEA Hensvik crib is solidly built. I didn’t punch it, but I did push it (several times). No lateral movement. It seemed sturdy enough.
The Hensvik also has a couple of features that are great as well (although they are not unique to the Hensvik). The frame is adjustable to two heights – the “baby can’t stand up yet” height, and the “baby can now stand up” height. You can also remove the side rails when baby is big enough to get in and out of bed by him or herself. I kind of liked this feature because you little one will have their very own “bed” once they are old enough. I asked a fellow shopper at IKEA who had a child in tow (that had been jumping on the “bed” configuration if she had used the bed and if she thought it was good. She said it was great. I also asked her how long her child was able to sleep in it. She said until around age two. Then the “bed” was too short for her cute little jumper. So for, $199 (CDN) I can get a solid crib that grows with my child until about age two? Yes. This sounds like a fair value to me.
I consider myself fairly handy. I have lots of tools and I enjoy putting stuff together (although I am a casual indulger). I probably have just a tinge more than average skill at assembling stuff. As such, I was able to put the IKEA Hensvik together in about 45 minutes. I only needed a screwdriver, a wrench, and a rubber mallet. Fairly straightforward. Fairly simple.
I think the IKEA Hensvik represents good value. Not outstanding value, but good value nonetheless. It feels safe to me. It is solid. It is also reasonably priced at $199 (CDN). Go to IKEA and shake the Hensvik yourself. I think you might like it.
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Author: Jason Milburn Google
IKEA Hensvik Baby Crib and Bed
This crib represents good value. Not outstanding value, but good value nonetheless. It is solidly built and is a good basic crib. The convertibility to a tiny bed is a nice feature. I recommend it. Read my full review above.