We love the look and quality of many modern cribs on the market right now (Netto Collection, Oeuf, Nurseryworks) but the truth is that many people—especially those saving for a new baby—can't afford a crib that costs as much as these designers are charging. Thankfully, there are good options on both ends of the price spectrum…
Netto Collection (Online): Nice stuff, with lacquered finishes and white ash construction. After introducing the Loft and Moderne collections a few years back, David Netto expanded his high end collection, introduced a new lower priced collection called Cub (which can be found at CubKids.com) and sold his crib company to Maclaren.
Zac and Zoe (Online): An emphasis on service and free shipping is what sets Zac and Zoe apart. Their site is a great place to browse all the best in modern furnishings for the nursery: cribs, rocking chairs, and tables, desks, and chairs.
Small Concept (Georgia/Online): With free shipping for all orders over $100, and lots of fun stuff to choose from, this Georgia boutique caught our eye. They have a nice selection of modern cribs and beds, including designs from Nurseryworks, Oeuf, and DucDuc.
Room & Board (Various Locations/Online): Room and Board does not design down for kids. We think their childrens' offerings really share the sensibility of the whole store's aesthetic. It's not girl-y or boy-ish, it's just nice simple furniture.
Land of Nod (Chicago/Online): Land of Nod has a beautifully put together collection of traditional, fun baby and children's furniture and accessories, which are simple in design and calming for the senses. Their stores are mainly in the Chicago area, but you can see them online and pick up their catalogs at any Crate & Barrel store.
Overstock.com (Online): Overstock.com's Kids Section always has $2.95 shipping for any size or weight, and their prices are 80% off the retail. Our experience looking for things on Overstock has been a little bit hit or miss, but you might find just what you're looking for.
Target (Various Locations/Online): Since Target adopted the DwellStudio line, it's become a go-to source for modern baby gear, with cribs in the low hundreds. We posted some negative reviews of the DwellStudio's 1st edition of Target furniture, but they've tried to work out some of the kinks in a 2nd edition of products. If you've had first-hand experience with the line, give us your feedback in the comments.