With so much to think about when you’re expecting, it can be hard to know exactly what you need to kit out a nursery. Planning your little ones room to create a happy and welcoming environment takes time and with so many options on offer it’s hard to know where to start with nursery furniture.
Things to consider when buying nursery furniture sets
A nursery should be practical first and foremost, so why not consider buying a set, rather than individual pieces? With a set, the experts have done the hard work for you and thought about exactly what pieces of furniture you’ll need. A nursery set can be a great way to save money and give the room a more coordinated look and feel. Many three piece nursery sets comprise of a cot - usually one that transforms into a junior bed - as well as a wardrobe and a chest of drawers or changing unit. It’s a good idea to plan around the size of your room, two piece nursery sets may just include a cot and changer, while larger nursery sets could include a tall chest of drawers, toy box, glider chair and matching stool or a wall shelf. It’s vital that all sets include plenty of practical storage and are well designed to ensure perfect comfort for you and your baby.
Ideas for small nursery sets
For smaller baby bedrooms you could consider a nursery set with a mini cot which has all the features of a full size cot but take up 45% less space than other cots. You should still look for the cot to have a three position adjustable height base so it can typically last until your baby is around 18 months old. A changing table can be a really useful addition to a three piece nursery set, as you'll be changing thousands of nappies in the first year, so it's good to have a well-organised and comfortable setup. If you choose one that doubles as a dresser, it can be used in your child's room for longer as they grow out of nappies. Finally the perfect three piece set should include a wardrobe and it’s a good idea to choose one that has a full height cupboard section with soft close door and plenty of drawer space.
More space for a large nursery set?
If you are planning a slightly larger nursery why not consider a classic three piece set where the cot is designed to grow with your baby and transform into a junior bed once your child is old enough? These designs are increasingly popular as they have more longevity than a normal cot. They can also help alleviate the stress for your child of adjusting to a new, bigger bed when the time comes. Cot beds are larger than cots, so if space is an issue this might be something to consider. In terms of budget, though, a cot bed won't necessarily be more expensive. A glider chair is often included in five and seven piece nursery sets. Most parents find a chair in the nursery useful, so choose a very comfy chair and ideally one with a bit of a rocking motion to help soothe your baby to sleep.
What colours to choose?
For your nursery basics - such as a cot, cot bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers - most nursery furniture sets are white, grey or have a natural oak wood finish to create a calm atmosphere. Going for a neutral colour finish also means you can add to the furniture set at a later date.
How much to spend on a nursery set?
Cheap nursery furniture sets can cost from about £400 for a cot and changing unit, to almost £2,500 for a premium set with up to seven pieces. You will also usually need to buy a cot mattress separately. How much you spend will depend on how much furniture you need and which brand you go for. If you work out which pieces you need in advance, you can shop around to get a good deal or wait for a nursery furniture set sale.
What to look for?
Make sure you keep longevity in mind when buying furniture for your nursery. Not only is it important to have sturdy and durable pieces, you might want to think about whether you'll be replacing things a few months in to your baby's life. While you won’t want to spend lots of furniture you’ll only need in the short term, it’s a good idea to look for quality and choose nursery furniture sets made of solid oak wood to ensure strength and safety. Remember to look out for the standard safety requirements for a cot too which is BSEN 716 and BS 8509.