Buying a convertible crib is an excellent choice. Not only do they look gorgeous but they grow with your child and, as you won’t need to buy your child another bed until adulthood, you’ll save yourself a lot of money. Here’s a sample of some of the best convertible cribs.
The following manufacturers all make good quality products from sold woods – usually pine, beech and birch – as well as beautiful veneers to create exquisite finishes like ‘antiqued’ and ‘distressed’. They all offer more or less the same features with some minor differences.
The reviews are on their convertible lifetime crib collections. This type converts all the way from crib to full size bed. This type, whilst being more expensive than a traditional crib, can save you the cost of buying your child a bed until they reach adulthood. Not only do they save parents money, buy many parents prefer the style of convertible cribs and they are becoming increasingly popular.
Pali Convertible Crib
This company has a fine pedigree in the manufacture of nursery furniture. Pali is an Italian company with a wide distribution network in the US. It was the first company to produce the “one-hand” drop side feature with no exposed hardware. Pali calls its collections of convertible cribs, ‘Forever cribs’.
The Rosalia Forever collection is a particularly beautiful crib. It has very traditional curvy legs and a straight-backed headboard with an elegant curve along the top. The side rails curve slightly outwards. There are plain slats on all four sides, with the side slats also curving outwards. What is very appealing about its overall design is the rounded rails found on all four sides; the rounded rails on the curvaceous side panels are extremely elegant. It comes in a variety of finishes including antique walnut, cherry, cinnamon, distressed white, matte white and natural.
The Carmen Forever collection has a chunkier look to it. The side panels are straight, unlike the Rosalia, and the rails are only rounded on the headboard and footboard. Again, the slats are plain in design. The choice of finishes is somewhat smaller; you can have cherry, cognac, hazelnut, matte white and natural.
Bonavita Convertible Crib
This is another Italian manufacturer. The style of Bonavita convertible cribs is that of old world charm. It current collections are; Cabana, Chadwick, Heritage, Hudson, Nikki, Peyton and Sheffield.
The Bonavita Sheffield crib is a popular model. It looks heavy and sturdy and has a rustic, country look about it. The sides are straight with wide slats. The footboard has a panel with heavy beading that runs along the top. The headboard has a curved top, again with heavy detailing. It comes in four finishes; country wheat distressed, tea stain, rustic cherry and distressed almond – the country wheat distressed finish really does suit this model; one can easily imagine this crib in a country cottage setting.
The Bonavita Chadwick crib is in complete contrast. This is a far more elegant design. While all four sides are straight, the slats are thin and look long. But what really appeals is the headboard. Like many others it has a curved top but the Chadwick has a dip in the middle, giving the whole piece a very sophisticated air.
Bassett Convertible Crib
Bassett is an American manufacturer of nursery furniture. Its current collection of baby cribs draw heavily on traditional American styles. The names of its current collection give you some idea of what style to expect; American Home, Cottage Pine, New Haven and Timber Creek to name some.
The New Haven crib by Bassett looks very Shaker style in appearance. All four sides are straight with simple, thin elegant slats on three sides. The headboard has narrow wainscoting. The rails are square edged, with the rails on the sides having the slightest of curves. This Bassett crib is made from solid beech with beech veneers and comes in two finishes; cherry and natural – in my opinion the cherry is definitely the better finish.
The American Home crib owes its styling from the American Colonial period. It has very simple straight edges and thin slats. The height of the headboard is much higher than the other collections from Bassett. It comes with streight rails and looks beautiful when converted to a toddler bed.
The Munire Convertible Crib
This is the most expensive of the cribs discussed. This is another American manufacturer who specializes in nursery furniture. It not only makes cribs but offers complete nursery furniture sets such as dressers, armoires and nightstands. The style of Munire’s current collection draws on many different styles from the past. Unlike Bassett’s prosaic styles, Munire’s tend to be a little more opulent.
The Munire Antigua crib draws heavily on our imagination of cooling breezes in the Caribbean with its use of woven rattan, sculptured moldings and exotic finishes. Another offering is the Munire Newport collection with an elegant, gently curving rail and fluted legs. The Munire Oxford crib is a stately looking piece of furniture. There is a wide slat at the centre of both the headboard and footboard with a beaded panel on either side. The headboard is further embellished with curves that are reminiscent of French Imperial style. The overall look is one of sturdy grandeur.
The above are just some of the most beautiful and best convertible cribs on the market. They are all excellently well made from the most reputable companies in the industry. Which is best will come down to personal preference about design.