Sunday, January 17, 2016

Delta Children 'Madrid' 4-in-1 Crib Review & Installation Guide

After unboxing the crib, I was a little disappointed in the "feel" of the wood. It is made with pine wood I believe, so it's a lighter crib than those made with something like cherry, oak, etc. (i.e. more expensive crib). This crib was about $200. I was unable to find any convertible crib in that price range made from a more expensive wood. Your typically talking about $400. I compare the "feeling" of a crib to that of a front door. Your standard or basic steel front door will do the job well, but a wood or cast iron door just feels stout, or secure.

Having said all that, the crib feels rock solid after installing. There is no wiggling. When assembled it feels very sturdy and sufficient weight to have a solid footing. One thing I noticed was that if you want to raise or lower the crib, or do it often, you will have to unbolt, move and then tighten again 4 bolts. I don't think you will do it more than a couple times over the life of this crib, but it's a consideration nonetheless. Finally, the wrench to tighten the bolts is a special tool. It's similar to an allen's wrench, but it's a custom fit. You will need the included tool to tighten or loosen bolts, so keep the tool in a safe place (I put mine in the product guide attached to the frame).

Time of Completion: 1 - 1.5 hours
Tools Needed: Allen wrench (supplied) and a flat head screwdriver
Level of difficulty: Easy (for a person with some patience and willing to read directions)

Section 1: Crib Assembly, Step 1

Basically, you are attaching the 2 posts (on the right) to the left (pictured) and right side of the bedframe with 2 bolts on each side. The only confusing part of the instructions is which direction the post should face. If you look at the picture in the instructions very closely, it should be evident. I put one side on correctly and the second incorrectly. If I would have paid closer attention to the picture, I wouldn't have had to gone back to redo it (not a big time consumer to do though).

Section 1: Crib Assembly, Step 2

I connected the bottom stabilizer bar to the front rail with just pins. The stabilizer bar is secured after connecting the left and right sides of the crib (completed in Step 1) using 2 bolts on each side.

Section 1 Crib Assembly, Step 3

Very simply, I attached the front top bar to the front rail of the crib with 2 pins and then after with 4 bolts to secure:

Section 1 Crib Assembly, Step 4

Very simple again. Just connect the bed frame to the sides with 4 bolts (make sure the side with the 'Warning' is facing up). For an infant, you will want the frame at the top setting. For a toddler you will want it at the bottom setting.

Section 1 Crib Assembly, Step 5
Another simple step. Connect the bottom back rail with 2 bolts

Section 1 Crib Assembly, Step 6 (Final Step)

Slide the back rail into the grooves on the side rails. Secure with 2 bolts and your finished!

Notes: In order to convert this bed to a toddler bed or day bed, you will need the Toddler Guardrails (sold separately). If you want to make this into a full-size bed, you will need a Bed Frame (sold separately).
Sold at Walmart

I am in no way, shape or form affiliated with Delta Children. I have not been paid nor have I received a discount for this product.

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