Expanding the Stokke Sleepi Mini

I expanded our Stokke Sleepi bed from its small nacelle size to the larger post-six-month size this Saturday.

This is an excellent product, which comes at a price point that reflects its quality. Read on for a some information about how hard it was to assemble, why we like and what I think the arguments in favour of this considerable investment.

20170404 - Stokke Sleepi Mini with toysThe Stokke Sleepi is a lovely bed, designed with elegance and class, making it a nice piece of furniture in its own right. In its smallest incarnation (the “Mini”) it rolls around quite nicely which means we could bring it closer to the bed when she was sleeping and put it in the corner out of the way during the day.

It’s not too heavy and I was able to physically carry it up the stairs when necessary without too much trouble, although that’s really not what it’s designed for.

 

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The Stokke Sleepi in each of its various configurations

Some Assembly Required

Most reviews of the Stokke Sleepi come with a lot of pictures of the finished product, I’m going to avoid showing you any pictures of the mess I made while I disassembled it and then reassembled it into its new, larger version. It’s not pretty, and I only had a small space in which to do it which made it even messier.

Converting from the Mini to the Sleepi Bed is fairly straightforward in principle. The Stokke Sleepi assembly instructions provided are printed a little small so you have to squint slightly but the design effort clearly extends to assembly, and it’s well thought through.

However, if you’re staring down the barrel of this particular piece of parental DIY, allow me to set your expectations up front: you have to completely disassemble the Mini to convert it into the Bed. Set aside a solid hour.

I thought at first that I would just add the two side panels, but it’s not that simple. There are two vertical pieces of wood, one at the head of the bed and one at the foot, which you have to remove from the Mini. This requires much unscrewing. The board on which the mattress rests needs to be detached (more unscrewing) and the wheels affix to the new version differently (yet more unscrewing). The canopy rod from which you can hang a mobile or a sheet needs to be affixed to a different part of the bed with a metal bracket (you guessed it: unscrewing). To achieve all of this, you have to disassemble every single part of the bed. You then reassemble the bed differently, using some of the old screws and items, and with all of the additional items in the expansion kit.

Pro tip: If you’re building the version of the bed with the raised mattress, you don’t need to unscrew the six brackets on the side of the bed to which the mattress board was affixed, even though the instructions imply they need to be removed.

Once converted, the bed – inconveniently enough – is too long to handle the corner on our landing and is therefore stuck in V’s bedroom. It would have been nice to be able to wheel it from one room to the next when she was having a bad night, but the sleep consultant comes tomorrow and she’ll probably tell me that was a terrible idea.

Thoughts on the Sleepi Bed

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I really like the design of Stokke’s stuff. We’ve invested in the bed, the high chair and the baby harness so far, and all of it is excellent quality and extremely well designed. No question about that.

The main design feature of the Stokke Sleepi is that it’s expandable. V will be sleeping in this until she’s 6, unless she ends up with a sibling at which point we’ll see. The expansion kits are not cheap, but the bed is fantastic and it works out cheaper than buying another bed of similar quality when she outgrows it at six months. In short, we’re very happy with it.

Stokke do multi-use and expandability very well. Their bed grows with the child, the high chair adapts and becomes a full chair for a six-year-old and their Stokke Care changing table turns into a child’s desk. We don’t have that last one.

The Cost of it All

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Cost of the Stokke Sleepi up to 3 years

But invested is really the right word. None of this comes cheap. You can check their website to see the precise prices, and sometimes you get a slightly better deal from Amazon. In our case we bought the bed (and extension kit) at the Baby Show so we got 10% off, but these items require a certain budget commitment.

An additional cost you don’t necessarily think about at first is the accessories. The bumper for the bed is £69, the custom fitted sheet is £27, the mattress protector (to avoid permanent staining on the £129 mattress) is £31. The end result is that you go to the effort of extending your budget to cover the bed and you get hit for another £100 you’re not expecting when you’re already committed.

You can see costs (correct as at April 2017, taken from http://www.stokke.co.uk) in the table.

Conclusion

So is it worth it?

I wouldn’t sacrifice other necessities to buy Stokke products. You can buy a perfectly safe, functional and presentable crib from IKEA for £40 and a couple of hours with a can of paint will do wonders for how it looks.

That said, Stokke products are elegant, solid, well designed, functional and allow your child to stay with the same furniture for longer as it mostly grows with them. That’s lovely, and given how much we like the design, it’s been a fantastic purchase for us.

On a tighter budget, I wouldn’t sacrifice any necessities in order to buy this bed. It’s not going to change your life or that of your child. That’s not what beds do.

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