Though there are many types of baby cribs out there, most of the basic types of cribs are assembled in the same basic way. There are three main panels that form the stationary sides, and one side that is attached to a sliding mechanism that makes it slide up and down so that the parent can easily access the baby. If you have one of these types of cribs, then you can use these instructions to assemble it in around 30 minutes.
Lay out your parts and make sure they are all there.
Lay the widest side of the crib that doesn’t slide, against the wall. The side that doesn’t slide will only have screw holes in the legs and not on the bars. Make sure to lean it with the screw holes facing you and not the wall.
Choose the left side panel. Connect it to the left side of the back panel that is lying against the wall by lining up the holes in the legs and inserting screws.
Repeat Step 3 with the right side panel.
Attach the mattress panel. This is the panel that you will lay the mattress on. It usually looks like a ladder. Lay it on the floor between the left panel and the right. Have someone raise the left side of the mattress panel so that the screw holes in its ends are even with the screw holes in the legs of the crib. These holes will be right by the panel holes that you just used, but at a right angle to them.
Insert screws so that the legs and the mattress panel are loosely joined. Don’t tighten these screws yet. Have your helper raise the right side of the mattress panel so that it is flush with the right legs’ screw holes. Loosely screw them together.
Find the 2 spring brackets (long pieces of plastic with many holes), 2 lower tracks (long pieces of plastic with hooks at the end), 2 upper guides (U-shaped plastic with a groove), 2 lower guides (U-shaped plastic with no groove), and 2 upper tracks (long pieces of plastic with a slit down the middle).
Attach the 2 spring brackets to the lower four holes in the side panel legs’ (marked in red on the illustration) with the included bolts. Attach the two lower tracks on top of the spring brackets by screwing them into the holes on the brackets. Make sure the hooks are facing outward. Attach the 2 upper tracks to the upper two holes in the side panel legs (marked in blue on the illustration). Make sure that the flat side of the upper track is facing up and the open end is facing down.
Attach the 2 upper guides to the top two holes on each side of the moving side panel with the included bolts. Attach the 2 lower guides to the two bottom holes on each side of the moving side panel with the included bolts.
Lift the sliding panel and slide the 2 upper guides over the upper tracks. The panel should slide into place and you should hear a click.
Tighten all screws.
- If your crib isn’t sturdy or doesn’t follow safety guidelines then don’t use it.