When it comes to bringing a child into your life, the decisions you’ll have to make when it comes to raising them are endless. Although the majority of those decisions can be daunting, when it comes to designing the nursery, decision making be fun. Creating a relaxing, special and happy haven for your new baby takes some planning and careful consideration, but is nevertheless an enjoyable experience. If you are looking for some advice on how to start your designing, then we have created a guide on everything you’ll need to know. Here is our advice on how to design a child’s nursery.
A guide on how to design a child’s nursery
The most important thing you need to bear in mind when designing your baby’s nursery is that you’ll also be spending a significant amount of time in it. So make sure involve elements of your requirements into the room. For example, a comfy chair or small sofa could provide you with the perfect place to relax on during the late nights. We also suggest opting for soothing wall paint colours rather than vibrant fun hues which can be used later on as your child gets older. Neutral wall tones also make it easier if you’re unsure of your baby’s gender.
When it comes to planning and designing, there are six main areas you need to focus on. The cot, the cot bedding, a changing table, storage, seating and the decor. We will run through each element of the room step by step to help provide you with sufficient information.
The Baby Cot
Although you may decide to have your baby sleep in a cradle or Moses basket for the first few weeks, you’ll probably eventually transfer them into a full sized cot. The cot is most likely to be your most statement piece of furniture in the room and a worthwhile investment. Babies can sleep in a cot right up until the age of 18 months to three years when they generally should be moved on to a toddler bed, so make sure that the cot you decide on is of a high quality. Don’t think of the baby cot as an expensive temporary item and skimp on quality. Furthermore, if you’re planning to have more children in the future or grandchildren, then keeping your cot in Storage in Kensington until it is needed again can be a worthwhile investment.
However, if you are worried about making an expensive purchase on a bed that may only have a purpose for three years, then it might be worth looking into cots that can convert into beds. Several cot designs also come with additional features such as underbed storage or changer top devices. Take a look on the Mama’s & Papa’s website to view their full range of cot beds.
Cot bed bedding
The bedding you decide on will make up a huge part of the theme of your nursery. It is a great way of introducing a colour scheme into the design of the room. We highly suggest looking into bedding that will compliment the colour of the walls, the curtains and any carpeting or rugs.
If you have opted for a traditional style cot, then the addition of a cot skirt can make the bed appear more snug. However, this addition doesn’t tend to suit the style of a more modern bed. You will also need to make sure you have at least five to six spare fitted sheets as you’ll be surprised how many you can get through some days. We suggest investing in several luxury bed sets and then purchase several more inexpensive sets to keep as spares. Take a look at the luxury baby bedding sets that The Baby Cot Shop has to offer.
Changing tables are always handy and make changing nappies far more convenient. That said, they are not a necessity and, as mentioned before, many cots have a changing top included. However, changing tables are great for providing you with extra storage and mean you can have all changing essentials close at hand. Take a look at the range of changing units that Little Lucy Willow has to offer.
If you’re looking for ways to save money on expensive items, you can always just add a changing mat to an existing dresser or chest of drawers. Make sure the dresser is at a comfortable height for you. The drawers underneath the changing unit can be used to store your baby’s clothes, nappies, wipes and any lotions used often.
We also suggest hanging mobile or some other form of entertainment above the changing table so that your baby has something to keep them amused. Try to look for a changing mat that will match your colour scheme and the rest of the decor in the bedroom.
Comfortable seating for you
Investing in a good quality and extremely comfy nursery chair will be a decision you won’t regret. There is a high chance you’ll be spending a significant amount of time in that chair, so make sure you opt for one you find comfortable. You may want to consider a rocking chair or possibly a glider. The movement of these chairs are perfect for helping to settle babies and will also help you to relax.
Although the comfort of this chair should be paramount, you may want to look into a fabric that cleans easily. You’ll have to deal with countless accidents with your little one and this probably won’t stop as they become toddlers.
Now that you have the fundamental parts of the nursery, you can add in the remaining items that will help to give your baby’s first bedroom the personality and character it needs. If you are having the room carpeted, opt for a colour that can be used later on when the room becomes a bedroom rather than a nursery. However, you can opt to add in child-like rugs that will add to the style and overall atmosphere of the room. When it comes to curtains, prints that incorporate little animals are always suitable for a unisex nursery.
The addition of trinket shelves, picture frames, toy boxes and bookcases are all perfect ways of creating the perfect environment to welcome your new baby. Hopefully, by now you should have enough inspiration and ideas to start your own nursery preparation. If you have found this article beneficial, please feel free to let us know how you have got on and send us pictures of your final creations.