How to Assemble a Baby Crib Kit

You’ve reviewed reasons to build with baby crib woodworking plans and decided that a ready-to-assemble baby crib kit might be a better option for your skills and available time. It might also keep your stress level down and save your marriage in the process.

Go for it!

You can find some great ready-to-assemble baby crib kits that are

  • designed to fit within your nursery decor and your budget
  • made from sustainable, recyclable, environmentally friendly materials
  • and, most importantly, provide a safe place for your baby.

Buying a ready-to-assemble baby crib kit can be a timesaver instead of making your baby crib from scratch, but don’t think it will always be easy! Use these tips to prevent unnecessary frustration, anger, and stress.

Constructing a Baby Crib Kit

Follow these 10 tips to create a beautiful piece of furniture with your baby crib kit:

  1. Secure your work space. The baby crib kit will be organized and compact in the box and a wild mess when all the pieces come out. Cordon off enough space so you can lay out the different baby crib pieces in the order you will need them. You also need enough extra room to move items without hitting walls or other obstacles and to work in a safe, tool-friendly environment. My suggestion is to assemble the baby crib inside the nursery so that you do not go to move it in later and discover it doesn’t fit through the door!
  2. Unpack the baby crib kit. If your baby crib kit comes in a cardboard box, save as much of the cardboard as you can. You can lay down the extra cardboard to prevent scuffs or gouges on the baby crib or on the floor, to contain stains from oily parts before they reach the carpet, and to clean up more quickly when everything is done. If your parts are lettered or numbered, try to keep them in order. Otherwise group them by size and be prepared to hunt for the correct piece you need later.
  3. Confirm you have all the parts. There’s nothing worse than being almost finished and then realizing you are missing one little bolt or bed slat. The instructions included in the baby crib kit should list all of the pieces, screws, hardware, and other materials needed for assembly. The easiest recommendation is to account for each item on that list while you are unpacking the crib pieces. If anything is missing, call up the manufacturer for replacements—you paid for them! If you are in a hurry, you can sometimes pick up missing crib pieces at home improvement stores or at the retailer where the baby crib kit was purchased.
  4. Get a second pair of hands. Putting together a baby crib kit is usually a two-person job. Even if you could do it all on your own, it’s just easier and faster to have someone else available to help when needed.
  5. Read the instructions. Yes, I hate reading instructions as much as you do. I know what I’m doing, and I like to jump in and just figure things out. Unfortunately baby crib kits aren’t always designed to be figured out. At least skim the instructions to understand the order of the steps and the overall activities throughout the assembly process. The instructions can also forewarn you of delays, such as when the glue needs to set up before you move on to the next step.
  6. Gather your tools. The best baby crib kits list out each hand tool or power tool you will need and many even provide those tools. Most baby crib kits do not, so be prepared to make some decisions and ask yourself questions. Some common considerations are:
    • Should you use power tools or hand tools? (Power tools may be faster, but they can easily ruin delicate or cheaply made parts.)
    • Do you need a screwdriver? Phillips or flathead?
    • Do you need a special hex key?
    • Is the crib held together with screws and solid joints, or will you need wood glue? (Sometimes baby cribs can be made sturdier with glue, even if the kit instructions do not call for it.)
    • Do you need screws or nails? What type, size, length?
    • Do you need a hammer? Drill?
    • Will you need to add pads to the bottom of the legs to prevent movement and gouging the floor?
  7. Go slow and steady. The baby crib must be constructed safely, so it must be constructed correctly. Read the instructions, complete your step, confirm with the instructions that you did it correctly, and then move on to the next step. Discovering a mistake at the end and having to rip everything apart is not fun! Prevent mishaps by going slowly and checking your progress as you go.
  8. Use common sense and dry fits. There is a possibility that the baby crib kit instructions could be incorrect, out of order, or misleading. By performing dry fits (locking pieces together without actually fastening them or gluing them), you can determine whether the crib pieces really will go together as the instructions indicate. If you have doubts, call the manufacturer, ask a knowledgeable buddy, or contact the retailer for guidance.
  9. Do not force anything (until you are positive). While many baby furniture kits are designed to fit together perfectly, others have built-in imperfections. Maybe the holes will not line up where they are supposed to or extra gaps will occur where they shouldn’t. When this happens, stay calm, refer back to step 7, and double-check the instructions. You can even ask someone else to look at it. If the baby crib kit pieces truly are designed wrong, then you may be able to ask the manufacturer for replacement parts. Otherwise you can make some alterations yourself, such as drilling new holes or using extra screws and glue to hold a piece in place.
  10. Repeat until finished. Keep going and in no time you will have a fine crib for the new baby. Take pride in your accomplishment and your contribution to the new baby’s life.

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