Leander and Stokke, both cots are Scandinavian contemporary design; simple, safe, functional and would make a beautiful piece of furniture for any home. But which one is for you!? Post updated 10.03.2016 with new specifications and more information to help you choose!
Both beds are award winning evolving bed. It moves, grows and develops, just like your child. The cot beds are made from forest friendly solid beech in a iconic Scandinavian functional design. Both are easy to assemble and use and is safe for your baby. With two such great beds, which one to choose for your baby?
The Leander Baby Bed vs Stokke Sleepi – which one is the best bed for you?
The Leander Baby and Junior Bed
Danish Stig Leander found the inspiration to design a cot when a family member received twins. It had to be functional, sleek and contemporary to fit into the Scandinavian home. And not only does it look stylish, the Leander is truly value for money too! It’s a baby bed and junior bed in one, a bed that will grow with your child.
Start by using the bed with the bottom and sides placed in baby position. When your baby starts to move around, lower the bottom of the bed. When you child is ready to get out of bed unassisted, you can remove the sides of the bed. When the bed becomes too short, simply change the sides and base of the bed with the junior kit that is included when purchasing the Leander. You now have a 70×150 cm junior bed. When the bed no longer is used as a bed, it can be used as a smart sofa in the teenage room or elsewhere in your home. In total the Leander has 5 steps or functions if you like, as seen below.
Measurements & Specifications
The Leander baby and junior bed is recommended from newborn up to age 7 years. Full dimensions are:
Baby bed: H: 94 cm, W: 70 cm, L: 120 cm / Junior bed: H: 54,4 cm, W: 70 cm, L: 150 cm
The base has two height positions and the sides are removable and you can choose from 4 colours; white, whitewash, walnut and grey.
Price £695. Not included in the price is the baby and junior mattress, mattress topper, sheets, bumper and guard rails for the junior bed. You can find your nearest Leander retailer at leander.com
The Stokke Sleepi – Crib, cot, toddler and junior bed.
Launched in 1999, the award winning Sleepi by the Norwegian company Stokke is beautiful to look at and designed to make the transition into the world a softer experience for your newborn child. The cot is oval in design, with soft curves, and no rough edges or corners. A big plus is that Stokke Sleepi Mini is fitted with lockable wheels that allow you to easily move your crib to accompany you into different rooms within your home. The base has adjustable height position which makes it easier to lift your baby, before lowering it as soon as they become more moveable. The sides are removable, so you can open it up. For an extra cost the bed can also be extended to create a Junior Bed – ad the bed could last up to approx. 10 years. When outgrown use as a daybed or transform it into two stylish chairs.
Measurements & Specifications
The Stokke Sleepi Crib is recommended from newborn up to age 3 years. Full dimensions for the baby crib are: H: 34 cm, W: 29, L: 50 cm / The Baby bed H: 86 cm, W: 74 cm, L: 127 cm
If you buy the Junior extension as extra the measurements are
The base has adjustable height positions with one the side being removable. Choose from 3 colours; white, natural, walnut brown.
Price £575. Not included in the price is the junior extension. This can be bought separately at £70. Also available as extras is the baby and junior mattress, mattress cover, sheets, drape rod and canopy (used for the cot). You can find your nearest Stokke retailer at stokke.com We also recommend reading the review of the Stokke Mini Crib, which tells you a bit about the design and quality, at apartmenttherapy.com
Summary Leander Cot vs Stokke Sleepi
Stokke has the Junior extension as extra (not included in the price), a factor to take into account when considering the two. Leander has the Junior extension included in the price. Furthermore, the length of the junior bed varies, with Leander being 150cm long and recommended up to age 7 years and the Stokke is 172cm long and recommended up to age 10 years. Stokke has only 3 colours to choose from, whereas Leander has 4, to match your overall interior scheme. Another important functional difference is the wheels on the Stokke Sleepi which many tends to appreciate as you can move the cot with you around the house. Quality wise they are both known to be exceptional.
To narrow it down for you, here are the pros and cons.
– When purchasing the extra junior kit, the bed lasts longer than Leander, recommended up to age 10, with a total length of the bed being 172cm.
– On wheels, and can easily be moved from room to room.
– Sweet canopy option available, as extra, for the baby cot.
– Can be made into two chairs when not in use as a bed.
– The Junior extension is not included in the price, but needs to be bought separately.
– Less colours to choose from
– The Junior extension is included in the price.
– Several stages to devlop the bed to suit your child, from baby to a older child, with 5 different stages.
– Can be made into a sofa when not in use as a bed.
– Just a little bit more expensive than the Stokke Sleepi, even when taking the extra junior kit for the Stokke into consideration.
– Total length is 150cm, recommended for up to age 7 years, not as big as Stokke Sleepi.
What do you think?
We want to know, what you think and which one of these two baby beds you’d prefer? And what you think is important when choosing a cot for your newborn? Do share your thoughts and any experience you may have by leaving a comment below!
On a side note: Stokke used to be a Norwegian company, but was in 2013 sold to a South Korean company to expand further growth. We would still regard the Sleepi to be a fine example of Scandinavian design furniture for children.