How to Design a Nursery in 4 Simple Steps
If you just walk into my house, you will know this about me immediately – I am not good with interior designs. I have some pictures on the wall, but besides that, my house is decorated with my kids’ toys. We definitely did not have “this looks good” in our minds when my husband and I picked the furniture and decors for the house; we went straight for practicality and functionality. Hence, I am not the person to talk to about designing a nursery. Veronica Mitchell from MyParentingJourney, however, has some great advice for you when it comes to designing a nursery for your upcoming baby. Bring your newborn home to a beautiful nursery by following these 4 steps!
Designing your nursery can sometimes be a daunting task especially if you don’t know where to begin. However, if armed with the right steps to follow, designing your dream nursery can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Since you and your bundle of joy will be spending a lot of time in the nursery, you should ensure that the design of your nursery will make both of you smile, relax and enjoy. Therefore, here are the four steps you can follow when designing your baby’s nursery.
1. Decide on a Theme
When setting up your baby’s nursery, the first step that you will need to take is to decide on a theme. This is because if you haven’t decided on a theme for your nursery, your baby’s room might end up with a mismatched décor. There are many products you can access online to help you build the nursery of your dream, for example, hand-made hubs.
You can as well browse the internet to get ideas on how you would want your nursery to look like. You can make notes on what colors, textures, patterns, and layouts will suit your nursery as this will make you stick to your plan so that you don’t skew from it when buying items.
Remember, you should not be in a rush to establish your nursery as it will take you a considerable amount of time to be able to come up with a perfect nursery setting.
2. Work Out Your Room Layout
Once you have picked a theme that you are sure your baby will love, it’s time to consider how you would like the layout of your nursery to be. Here are the four most important zones in your nursery that you should consider:
- The sleeping space- This is where you will put your baby’s crib or bassinet. The crib should be a major piece of investment in the nursery. This is because your baby is likely to sleep in the crib for three or more years. You should, therefore, invest in a steady crib that can last through several kids in case you are planning to have more children.
- A functional space- Every nursery should have a functional space where you can have the changing table and other items like a diaper pail. This is because with babies comes dirty diapers. Therefore, you will need somewhere you can change the dirty diapers. When purchasing a changing table, invest in one that can serve you beyond just changing diapers.
- Feeding space- This is the space where you will sit when feeding and comforting your baby. You should invest in a rocking chair in this section of your nursery. The movement of the rocking chair will help to lull your baby to sleep when you are comforting her after feeding her.
- A play space-Setting up a play space for your baby is an important part of designing your nursery. Since your baby will soon get old enough to start playing, you should ensure that you have created a space in the nursery where she will be able to play and take naps.
3. Pick a Feature Wall
This is where your eyes will be first drawn to whenever you enter the nursery. The color you choose to paint your feature wall should highlight your theme. If you don’t want to paint your nursery wall, you can opt for removable stickers or wallpapers.
There are several beautiful designs in the market that you can get for your nursery. One advantage of removal stickers is that they are easy to swap around.
You can get more creative and use artworks if you want to add character to your baby’s nursery. You can also add décors like buntings and garlands to your nursery to make it look more attractive.
4. Choose the Right Décor
Now that you are done with setting up the functional pieces of your nursery, you can add a little personality to your nursery by decorating the space. One place you can start with is the floor. For instance, if you have wood flooring, you can have plush wool on the floor. This will help to cushion your baby as she learns to sit and crawl.
If you want to have a carpet on your nursery floor, you should go for one that has a flat weave construction in order to add color to your nursery without any additional bulk.
When choosing the curtains for your nursery, go for curtains with blackout shades so that you can darken the room whenever it is naptime for your baby.
There You Go, Your Nursery is Ready
Setting up your baby’s nursery should be a labor of love. However, you should ensure that safety is your number one concern when purchasing the items and setting up the nursery. Any item that you purchase for your nursery should have child safety features since you will not be the only one accessing them once your child gets a bit older.
Remember that there are no rules to be followed in designing your nursery, as long as it will be safe for your baby. Therefore, feel free to set up your nursery in a way that makes you feel is perfect and will make you and your baby smile.
Congrats on your new baby! You can, therefore, design your nursery. Need more help getting started? Let us know in the comment section below.
About the Author
Hi! My name is Veronica Mitchell. I am a mother to two adorable little girls and a handsome little boy. I spend my days caring for my children, packing lunches, reading aloud, kissing boo-boos, and working as the Chief Editor of MyParentingJourney.