When decorating the nursery for a new baby it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, leading you to purchase every single tiny, cute and baby-like thing you come across. Alternatively, it can be a little overwhelming to try and decide how to decorate the room; do you go gender specific or gender neutral? Do you kit it out to the nines with the entire stock of the baby department or do you keep it simple with a few key necessities? What about choosing the furniture and balancing the need for storage with the desire to have the perfect look? There is just so much to think about when it comes to decorating a baby’s room and that is precisely why you need to keep everything as simple and as organised as possible. Decide on your theme by all means but keep in mind that as baby grows, tastes will change. When it comes to the furniture though, consider how well fitted storage and furniture would work.
Bespoke and fitted furniture is normally associated with adult spaces, such as bedrooms and living rooms, especially in places like London where space is limited and needs to be optimised. However, nurseries are rooms that can also benefit from bespoke furniture – London being both a popular location for young families and a city with limited living space to expand into.
As well as being a practical use of space for urban nests, bespoke fitted furniture is ideal for nurseries because of its longevity and ease of use. Its durability and versatility means what works for mum and baby will work just as well for a teenager. In addition, fitted bespoke furniture is a safe option for nurseries. Unlike freestanding furniture, even if little hands and feet are able to climb fitted shelves they won’t cause anything to topple on them. With so many benefits it is clear why bespoke nursery furniture is a good, practical investment. What about the rest of the nursery though? Here are a few things you should think about when decking out the rest of the baby’s room:
• The Right Cot for the Job
Get a cot that will not only fit in the available space but offers enough growing room for the baby. You don’t necessarily have to have a cot-bed model, just a cot that will last longer than a couple of months. It is also worth noting that you don’t need an ornately decorated cot, just a safe and sturdy one that looks nice in the room. Be sure to fit the cot with all the useful extras like cot bumpers, mobiles and quality baby-friendly mattresses
• The Convertible Change Table
A specifically designed change table is not a necessity, just a suitable surface for a change mat and some accessories (powder, wipes, and nappies). This is where the convertible change table comes in. Having a dresser component in your fitted furniture is useful because it will give you drawer storage and a flat surface that can act as a change table until the baby is out of nappies. Once the change table is no longer needed you can use the dresser top for things like storage baskets, mementos, decorative items, books or toys
• Smart Bonus Storage
A common piece of advice when it comes to decorating a nursery is that you will always need double the storage space you think you do. Little people accumulate much more than is expected (or probably necessary!) so you need to be prepared. With fitted furniture it will be easier to utilise every available space but you may also need to invest in under-bed boxes, baskets and bins for toys and other, more portable storage solutions. If you end up with too much storage space (P.S. there’s no such thing!) you can make the most of it and use it to store other things like bedding, coats, old clothes baby grows out of and new clothes baby will grow in to – you could even bulk buy nappies and Sudocrem to store
• Top to Toe Trimmings
It’s easy to get carried away with what colour to put on the walls and decorate the room with but make sure you pay attention to the floor and ceiling too. Decide if you want carpet or wood flooring; carpet is soft but can cause allergies whereas practical wooden flooring is easy to clean and can be softened with washable sheepskin rugs, blankets and cushions. Consider decorating the ceiling too, with either paint or wallpaper so baby has something interesting to look at whilst lying in their cot or getting their nappy changed
• The Ideal Lighting
The right lighting is crucial in a nursery. The first way to control the lighting is to install dark shades or blackout curtains that will keep the room cool and dark at night, in the mornings and during daytime naps. Also ensure you have the right lighting fitted. Soft, low light creates a soothing environment for the baby but will also keep you safe when you check on them at night; stubbing your toes is the quickest way to wake a baby up!
These are just a few ideas for kitting out your baby’s nursery. Many choices will come down to your available space, budget and personal preferences so just make sure you have the essentials sorted before you focus on the fun part. If you prefer to think about practicalities before embellishments then seriously consider getting bespoke furniture fitted as it will last much longer than the toddler-years, serving you and your little one for a lifetime.