One of the most enjoyable aspects of pregnancy is planning the room where your baby will sleep. It’s hard not to get swept away with choosing the colour scheme and then some solid wood nursery furniture to match, but there’s a lot more to it than just choosing paint colours! To create a nursery that you both you and your little one will love, here are our top tips. But before you start, there are three main practical considerations.
How much space is there?
Make sure you measure up before you buy so that you know it fits. You can use graph paper to plan out the layout of your babies room and it’s a good idea to measure the walls, floor and windows so that you don’t fall in love with a piece of furniture before realising that it won’t fit.
How much are you looking to spend?
Stick to your budget by shopping around, do your homework and hunt out deals, furniture sales and special offers. We don’t recommend that you purchase second hand nursery furniture next as it is subject to mandatory safety standards and you may be buying a model that wasn’t subject to standards when it was first sold, or was not made to pass the latest safety tests. Even if the item is in good condition, it may be less safe than a newer model.
How long will it last?
Look for the best nursery furniture that can grow with your child. For example look for a toddler bed or a changing unit that can be used as a chest of drawers. Consider purchasing solid oak nursery furniture which is guaranteed to wear well.
Choosing Baby Nursery Furniture - what's best at feeding time?
You can feed your baby anywhere but having a dedicated space in the nursery gives you a place to do that’s quiet and private. Why not invest in some luxury nursery furniture for those night time cuddles with baby and choose a glider chairs or rocker that help to lull your little one after midnight feeds? A nursing chair provides the utmost in comfort with extra thick cushions and a gentle gliding motion, many designs have recline positions and extra storage pockets.
Make sure that the lighting in the nursery can mimic night time at any time of day. That means a heavy enough curtain or black out blind to fake the dark in the middle of the day. When you’re sneaking into the nursery for a feed or to have a quick peek, you’ll also need a low-level light. Place a lamp with a gentle glow on a shelf so that it doesn't startle baby when you switch it on.
Choosing a colour scheme
Yellows, blues or pinks are usually the go-to colours for a nursery but why not consider a grey furniture scheme instead? This combination is not only on trend by easy to keep clean. Alternatively, you could choose classic white nursery furniture which has the advantage of being suitable for boys and girls and goes with any colour scheme.
Think about safety
Make sure your baby is safe as they grow and begin exploring with the help of socket covers, window and cupboard locks and remember to tuck away all cords and wires. All the furniture should be correctly assembled and secured to the walls. Remember it's best to place baby in the centre of the room and away from any windows and radiators.
Final finishing touches
As well as all of the sensible stuff, arranging your nursery is a great time to make it cute and personal. Pictures and bunting brighten up the walls and are stimulating for your baby during the day. A cheerful rug or playmat on the floor adds a splash of colour and is great place for playtime as they get older. Finally, buy a baby monitor so that you can keep your ears open for that next feed siren!