When a baby is about to enter the world you are suddenly hit with tons of things to prepare before your newborn’s arrival. It’s all good and normal! Among these you need to start preparing and decorating your baby’s nursery, but first of all you need to decide how to arrange your nursery furniture in order to create a safe and fun environment. So that your little one can grow healthy and happy.
Planning and decorating a nursery is assured to be a very exciting experience, but it also requires some extra care and consideration that goes beyond the basic choice of colors and decor.
While it’s visually pleasing to create a cohesive and well-crafted theme for your nursery, it’s far more important to find the proper arrangement of your furniture. A well planned nursery will make the room comfortable and accessible for the baby as well as you.
But lets take a step back and work out what’s the main function of a nursery? A nursery is your baby’s private space as well as yours, where you’ll share the first moments together getting to know each other.
It’s also the first place that the baby recognizes as his own, where he’ll take his first steps, and say his first words. So it needs to be visually stimulating, but also free from the possible hazards that a furnished room holds. Moreover functional and practical for the parents to move around at any time of the day and night.
In this brief guide I want to share with you which are the basic nursery furniture you’ll need and how to properly arrange them into your room.
First of all, let’s figure out which items are truly necessary?
I believe only four are essential: a cot, nursing chair or rocker, drawer or dresser and a small wardrobe. You can buy all of them as a furniture set, saving yourself some money if you look out for deals and if you are flexible with colors and styles.
Let’s start with the most important, your baby’s cot. Usually the cot is arranged against the wall, but external walls are always the coldest especially if featuring a window, so it’s a good practice to avoid placing it there. Also the wind, rain and noises from outside will awake and annoy your little one from sleeping well. Therefore, it’s best to place your cot along an internal wall, away from windows and the entrance door.
Nursery Chair or Rocker
By placing your cot in the middle of an internal wall you’ll have enough room either side to place your nursery chair or rocker on the corner. It’s up to you whether to choose a window view or a more internal position, pick what makes you feel at ease and allows more room for movement.
Remember that you’ll be nursing during the night too, and will need easy access to your comfy chair while holding your baby, so go for the largest corner.
Nursery Drawers and Changing Table
From my experience I have used my chest of drawers as changing table too, by simply placing a changing pad kit on top, so I believe there’s no need to buy a separate one. It’s actually really handy to have all products and clothes stored in the drawers below. You don’t want to leave your baby unattended while you go looking for clothes, washcloths, etc…So having everything in one place is definitely the safest option.
Back to our furniture arrangement, your drawer/changing table is best positioned near the doorway so that you can easily access it to change the napkin in the middle of the night. It is also a convenient place for when you are bringing the baby from other parts of the house. Make sure it’s far enough from the cot so his little hands wont reach products or things you have on the table.
Although this is not essential, I do recommend it! I brought my nursery wardrobe together with the cot and the chest of drawers as a part of a nursery furniture set. This kind of wardrobe doesn’t take up much space, it’s usually tall but not so wide, with drawers below and hanging racks in the top part. I have used it quite a lot to be honest in the first three years, so I feel I go my money’s worth.
If you followed my guide on how to arrange nursery furniture step by step you should have two empty walls left in your nursery; a wall featuring a window/balcony and an internal wall.
The ideal place for your newborn’s wardrobe is the wall without the window. This simply because a window is already a feature of the room and putting a tall wardrobe right next to it would just make it look cluttered and awkward.
So position your nursery wardrobe along the internal wall and add some decor elements to fill up the empty corners. Try placing a floor lamp, and some nice toy’s storage bins or boxes, a large plant placed in a plant-holder or even a low storage unit if you need more storage space. And of course, don’t forget a floor rug to let your baby crawl and play when he gets a little older.
I truly hope this guide clears your doubts on how to arrange your nursery furniture and takes off some of the pressure that this amazing, but sometimes overwhelming, new chapter brings.
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