First off, congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life and one that involves a lot of preparation and mulling over baby nursery designs before your little one arrives.
Planning out a baby room can be fun but with all the baby nursery designs out there it can also be a tad overwhelming. Today we’re going to explore the basics and hopefully get you started on the road to creating the baby nursery of your dreams but also one that is affordable and works within your budget.
Planning A Baby Room – Baby Nursery Design Ideas
1- Your first step is to take exact measurements of the room you’ll be using as your baby nursery. Write these measurements down taking particular note of where closets, windows, and doors are located.
2- The next element to baby nursery designs is to create a simple floor plan of the room dimensions on plain paper followed by several photocopies. The idea here is to be able to work and rework the plan using this basic floor plan drawing until you’ve come up with the best baby nursery design for the room.
3- Once you have your desired baby nursery design you should give some thought to your budget. It’s far too easy to get carried away when shopping – after all, baby things are just so darn cute! That said, establishing a budget before doing any shopping will keep you on the right financial track and help eliminate any needless purchases.
4- Do you know the gender of the baby? If so, you may wish to decorate in traditional pink, blue, or possibly a decor theme with a gender preference like airplanes or jungle safari for boys, or ladybugs or butterflies for girls. If you don’t know your baby’s gender or if you simply prefer a unisex theme – ivory, soft yellows, and light greens are popular baby nursery colors.
5- If you know there will be a baby shower thrown in your honor (and your baby’s) you might want to register for nursery furniture, crib bedding, and other baby room items so you’ll be sure to get accessories that coordinate with the baby nursery decor theme you’ve selected.
6- Be practical and think not only about saving money today but in the future as well. For instance, if you’re planning to add another child to your family in a few years and have an extra bedroom, you may want to consider baby nursery designs and decorating themes that are gender-neutral intones. When it’s time to welcome your second child into your family, you can then move your oldest child to the new big kid room and use your original nursery for your second child without the need to redecorate two kids’ rooms.
7- When shopping for nursery furniture, try to find pieces that will “grow” with your child. Many of today’s cribs can be converted into toddler beds and even twin beds as your child grows. The type of crib you purchase is an important consideration – do you want just a basic crib that can be passed down to a younger sibling or do you want a 3-in-1 or a 4-in-1 unit that will carry your child through to elementary school? You also want to consider other nursery furniture like dressers and armoires and make sure they are quality built and large enough to house your kid’s clothes for years to come.
8- Another consideration is the color or stain of the nursery furniture you select. While white nursery furniture is ideal for babies and toddlers, chances are a teen boy isn’t going to want to keep the same white furniture he’s had since he was an infant.
A nursery furniture set that’s well built has a nice finish and offers up a variety of pieces you can add on to over the years, like nightstands and a study desk is a good way to go. Although a little is more costly in the beginning, quality nursery furniture sets will stand the test of time and save you money over the long term.
If space allows include a rocking chair in the baby’s room with a storage ottoman for stowing away extra stuff and for putting your feet up during nighttime feedings.
Make safety your number one priority. Childproofing the house should begin well before your baby comes home.
While mini-blinds are a popular choice for nursery windows just make sure you’re installing the modern “breakaway” variety or at the very least, wrap up any long cords out of your baby’s reach to ward against strangulation.
The walls of most homes these days should be painted with safe paint but if you’re living in an older home you’re wise to check for the presence of lead-based paint. Most paint stores can sell you an inexpensive home test kit and/or direct you to a professional who can safely remove lead paint.
A final word of caution, while hand-me-down furniture can offer up cherished memories and help you save money, you want to make sure that any previously enjoyed baby furniture or equipment is safe and hasn’t been recalled for any reason.
So as you can see, coming up with baby nursery designs that fit your floor space is just one of the many considerations to keep in mind when decorating a baby room. Don’t rush the process – take your time and enjoy browsing through color swatches and baby room themes to come up with just the right ideas to inspire a special baby nursery for your little one.
Your first step is to take exact measurements of the room you’ll be using as your baby nursery. Write these measurements down taking particular note of where closets, windows, and doors are located.
Do you know the gender of the baby? If so, you may wish to decorate in traditional pink, blue, or possibly a decor theme with a gender preference like airplanes or jungle safari for boys, or ladybugs or butterflies for girls. If you don’t know your baby's gender or if you simply prefer a unisex theme - ivory, soft yellows, and light greens are popular baby nursery colors.
When shopping for nursery furniture, try to find pieces that will -grow- with your child. Many of today’s cribs can be converted into toddler beds and even twin beds as your child grows. The type of crib you purchase is an important consideration.