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Creating a nursery for a new arrival is exciting, but there are so many considerations it can also be a little daunting. Here are some things to consider as you plan your nursery, and a few tips on how to cope with limited space.
Even the smallest rooms can become nurseries if there space for a cot, a changing mat, some storage and a nursing chair.
Do You Need Nursery Furniture?
Considering which of your existing furniture could be repurposed for a nursery is a good way to get going on the design and layout of your new room. If you can repurpose something, you’ll have extra money to spend elsewhere.
A chest of drawers, for instance, might be the exact height you need for a changing table. Add a changing mat on top instead of looking for a changing unit designed specifically for nurseries. If you don’t mind changing the unit’s appearance, you could paint it in colours that would complement your main nursery colour scheme.
You’ll probably want to remove adult beds to make room for a cot, but there’s no need to sell them or throw them away. Bear in mind that babies don’t stay that way for long and before you know it, you’ll be upgrading to a proper bed anyway and might wish you’d kept the one you had.
Other bulky furnishings that you probably won’t want in the nursery include bedside or dressing tables. You can put these items into a storage unit so you can bring them back as your baby grows and you need to change from a nursery to a child’s bedroom.
One of the neat things about self storage is the variety of room sizes. There are, for instance, small storage units for just a few items of bedroom furniture. This solution lets you keep items you love when they temporarily don’t fit into your current lifestyle.
Future Proof the Decor
The days of pink for a girl and blue for a boy are long gone, so you can decorate the nursery however you like. Although most of us still like baby themes, there are a couple of things to bear in mind. Those are:
Baby days are short. Before you invest lots of time and money decorating the room specifically for a baby, think about how soon a growing toddler will not want ‘babyish’ decorations. Toddlers can have surprisingly strong opinions. A practical solution is to opt for removable decals on self-coloured walls. These are easily changed and updated when compared to painted murals or baby themed wallpaper.
In the same vein, themed bedding, lampshades and curtains are more easily adapted as your baby becomes more aware of their surroundings.
If you want to include strong baby themes into your fixed wall coverings, choose just one accent wall that’s relatively easy to change.
Get the Lighting Right
Having a consistent level of light or dark can help get babies into regular sleeping routines. When you’re decorating the nursery, it’s a good idea to consider blackout blinds or curtains. Those with thermal linings will also help eliminate draughts through the winter nights, making the room more comfortable for baby and for you during night feeds.
Battery operated night lights are safe, handy and economical. They can also save stubbed toes when you get up in the middle of the night and don’t want to wake others by switching on the main lights. In the nursery itself, a soft dim light will let you see well enough for changing and feeding while making it easier to lull baby back to sleep.
Space Saving Ideas
If you don’t have room for a wardrobe but also don’t want all your baby clothes in drawers, a tall narrow bookcase can double up. Remove the shelves, install a rail at the top for hangers, and fit a light curtain across the front (curtain wire would do the job) so you don’t have to leave space for opening doors. Because baby clothes are small, there may be room for several rails and still leave space at the bottom for baskets to hold small items.
Shelving in any room adds to storage space. They’re handy over the changing table to store nappies, creams and cleansing lotions or wipes. When your nursery is tiny, with no space for a dedicated changing table, look for a fold up, wall mounted model.
The months where you’ll need a nursery may be short, but they’re very precious. You can create a cosy, comfortable place where you can relax and bond with your baby with just a little bit of forward planning.
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