How to Design the Perfect Nursery

Discovering that you are expecting a little prince or princess is a very exciting time in the life of many adults, and once you’ve got over the initial shock, relief or excitement, planning the adjustments that will need to be made to your home will probably take up a large part of the next nine months. There isn’t much out there that’s cuter than baby décor, and it’s easy to get carried away when choosing color schemes, furniture, and decorative items in order to create a nursery that is ready for your precious little one to move into when they arrive. However, before you head out on a baby nursery shopping spree, keep in mind these top tips for creating the perfect space for your new arrival.

Good Planning

Although as a new expectant mum or dad it can be really tempting to stock up on every last little baby item that you see and love, the biggest drawback to doing this is that the nursery can soon turn into a room that’s full of chaotic clutter rather than the calm and serene haven that you want it to be for your little one. Resist the urge to start shopping straight away, and instead look through baby magazines or even online for inspiration and put together a plan for the nursery’s design which you can then stick to. Not only will this ensure that your nursery will have the décor and theme that you imagine, but you’ll also save money by not buying loads of bits that you don’t actually need.


Once you have an idea of what you’d like the finished result of your nursery to look like, it’s time to get down to business. Before heading out on a shopping trip for furniture and bits and pieces for the room, it’s a good idea to decorate the room first so you’ve got some base colors to work with and have an idea of measurements for furniture. Begin by measuring the room, including the windows and even the door openings in order to be able to make a rough sketch of the room on graph paper. Start sketching in your main furniture pieces – keep functionality and efficiency in mind when doing this, for example keep the crib near the door and the changing table near the crib so you don’t have to carry leaky diapers across the room. Finally, paint and wallpaper the room, and give it time to dry before you start shopping for accessories and furniture.


There are a number of things that you’re going to need to shop for, including furniture, storage solutions, and decorative accessories. Try to resist the urge to purchase full baby furniture sets unless they fit in with the theme and layout of your room, and no matter what you choose don’t forget to make sure that the measurements match up with those that you have taken in order to ensure that the furniture choices you make are a good fit for the room. You’ll also need to think about storage solutions – a wardrobe with inside shelving is a great idea, as this can also be used when your child is a bit older. Storage baskets and chests of drawers are also great as they allow for handy access to items when changing or putting to bed. When it comes to finishing touches, there are loads of accessories available. Choose neutral, classic blue or pink, or even primary colors.


It’s important that babies are kept at the right temperature, and you don’t want your little one to be too hot or too cold when you put them to bed at night. If you are due to give birth in the summer you may need to consider having air conditioning installed in the nursery, which will ensure that your new born is kept cool during the night. It’s also a good idea to have a heater with adjustable temperature in the nursery, which can be turned on to the perfect temperature for your child during the winter months when it gets chilly.


Safety is also a crucial element to keep in mind when designing the perfect nursery. It’s vital that any risks are kept to a minimum so that your child is not in any danger when in the room. Keep this in mind when you plan and carry out your design.

If you have any great nursery design ideas, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.


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