Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed: The Big Build

November 4, 2016

We bought our Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed a few months ago when it was on sale. However, it’s been in boxes in the nursery ever since! We just haven’t found time to build it. The Lullaby Trust recommends that your baby sleeps in the same room as you for the first six months, so Little M is still in her Snüzpod next to our bed. I love having her so close so I’ll keep her in there for as long as I can. But, the time is fast approaching when she’ll need to move into her own room (sob!).


Anyway, we needed to get our act together and get it built! During half term we asked my parents to come over and watch Little M so that we could have a bit of hubby and wifey bonding time building the cot bed! The Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed comes with visual instructions not dissimilar to and IKEA booklet. An allen key is included with all the bits and pieces. According to the instructions, all you need is two people, a flat head screwdriver and 45 minutes.

Our mission for this afternoon…it claims to take 45 minutes to put together. The timer is ON! #flatpack #flatpackbuild #diy #gogogo

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I decided to put this 45 minute claim to the test and set a timer on my phone to see how long it would take…

Mamas and papas kingston cot bed: The Build

It was actually surprisingly straightforward, but still took us one hour and fifteen minutes from opening the box to completion. This was mainly due to needed another piece of equipment not mentioned in the booklet. There are some locking wheels that help to fit the frame together. These need to sit flush in their ‘socket’ in order for them to fit together properly. It took us a long time to realise this as they are impossible to fit flush without a good whack with a rubber mallet! We dithered for ages about using one as we didn’t want to damage the wood, especially as the instructions made no mention at all of a hammer of any kind.

Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed locking wheel needs hammering

I think if we’d known this, it probably would have taken us much nearer the time stated. So if you need a Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed built in less than an hour, I’m your woman! We also found that the allen key didn’t hold up to the amount of use required. Fortunately, we had another to hand.

Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed

Once built, we were really happy with how the Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed looked. It seems really sturdy (unsurprisingly, it’s pretty heavy!) so hopefully it will withstand the future years of hardcore toddler usage!


2 responses to “Mamas and Papas Kingston Cot Bed: The Big Build”

  1. So close!! I’m rubbish with furniture. If I remember rightly our mamas and papas took some time too but it’s now on baby number two and is still looking great and working well! I’ll be sad to see it go! Xx

    • Jules says:

      Aw, yes we thought when we bought it that it felt sturdy enough to have some longevity! I just hope M wants to sleep in it when the time comes! xx

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