Great set of beds
February 9, 2011
I purchased these beds to use as individual twin beds while my kids are little so that they have the option of bunking them later if they want more floor space. I also liked the idea of being able to use the side rail from the top bunk as a bed rail to keep the toddler from rolling out of the bed at night. Unfortunately this didn't turn out to be quite as easy as I had thought because when you use the set as twin beds you use the head and footboards of the bottom bunk as the headboards for both beds and the head and footboards of the top bunk as the footboards of both beds. We wound up having to drill 3 additional holes in order to make it work but it was still better than having to buy a separate bed rail.
As far as assembly goes it was really easy. I did it by myself and it probably only took about 2 hours (I had a power screwdriver with an Allen wrench head though, so if you do it by hand it would take a lot longer). It would have gone faster with two people and you certainly do need (at least) two people to bunk them. I was glad to have read all of the directions in advance since as I mention above the assembly is different if you are using them as separate beds rather than bunking them. One little thing that was different than I expected is that the mattress supports are not the kind you roll out, they are individually screwed in. I imagine this would be a downside if you were moving a lot but for me it's a plus. I recall sleeping on the top bunk in my sister's room when we had guests (I had a queen bed so my room became the guest room) and she would push the support slats up with her feet to lift my mattress while I was on it. This was (as was her object) very irritating and probably also dangerous.
As I would expect of a Davinci product (our crib is a Davinci) the beds are sturdy and solid.
Just a note, my beds shipped much faster than I expected; I ordered them on Sunday and they arrived that Friday!
Pros:solid wood, sturdy, attractive, neutral, easy to assemble