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When it comes to designing a nursery, it's all about finding the perfect balance between style and function. Whether you are setting up a nursery in your bedroom, setting up a nursery in a small room, or you are lucky enough to have a dedicated space, the perfect nursery setup needs to suit your style and be practical.
Getting a nursery set up is an exciting process as you eagerly await the arrival of your little one. After all, the nursery is the baby's first room where the baby will spend a lot of time sleeping, and you'll spend a lot of time feeding and snuggling with your precious bundle. So it's worth investing your time and effort to get the nursery set up exactly how you want it.
Here, we provide expert advice on how to set up baby's nursery in your home. Keep scrolling to find out how to create a nursery you'll love.
HOW TO SET UP BABY'S NURSERY: 10 STEPS TO CREATING A NURSERY YOU'LL LOVE
1.FIND YOUR NURSERY DESIGN STYLE
Whether your nursery design style is classic, modern, rustic, mid-century, bohemian, or minimalist- it's time to identify what you like.
At Nursery Design Studio, we are firm believers that your personal style should reflect in the spaces you live. Take our Nursery Style Quiz to help you figure out your style and give you the tools to bring your style to life in your baby's nursery.
2. create a nursery design mood board
You know your design style now! Next up, look to create a nursery design mood board. You can find lots of nursery designs to browse on our website. Pinterest and magazines can also give you endless inspiration.
Once you've collected the designs that draw you in, you'll be able to see clear themes come through – the colors, styles, and patterns that seem to repeat on the designs you've chosen.
3.MAKE AN ASSESSMENT OF THE SPACE YOU'LL BE USING FOR THE NURSERY
We all love browsing through gorgeous nursery designs endlessly, but at some point, you'll need to get a clear understanding of the actual space you'll use for the nursery. Take into account the size of the room, shape, natural lighting, and built in's.
4.THINK ABOUT FUNCTION
You are setting up a nursery for baby, so the basic stations are obvious-sleeping, feeding, and diapering. Is there anything else that you need to include in the space? For example -some parents choose to have a guest bedroom/ nursery or others might want to add a play area in the nursery itself. If you have a good understanding of what you’re going to want and need to do in the nursery, it makes designing around it possible.
5.DRAW OUT THE NURSERY LAYOUT
While we all want to maximize our space-sometimes depending on the size of the room, you might not be able to accommodate it all.
One of the best things you can do before you have any outlays of cash is to sketch out different furniture arrangements to see what works best in the space. Start with three essential zones-sleeping, nursing, and diapering. Configure a layout that optimizes the square footage while making the nursery functional. Read this post on best nursery layouts to help guide you.
6.START WITH THE BASIC NURSERY FURNITURE ITEMS
Since the crib, nursery chair, and nursery dresser are the key nursery furniture items- you will want to choose these pieces first.
The crib is where your baby will spend a lot of time during the first two to three years. So be sure to choose a crib you love and perhaps even look for a crib that can transition to a toddler bed down the road.
Another nursery furniture item that you'll put to good use is a nursery dresser or changing table to set up as a diapering station for the many diaper changes coming your way soon.
Last but certainly not least is the nursery chair to create a nursing nook in the nursery. In the early years of the baby's life, you'll spend a lot of time sitting on this chair feeding, comforting, reading, and snuggling with the baby and so choosing the most comfortable nursery chair is a priority.
7.ADD IN NURSERY ESSENTIALS TO MAKE THE NURSERY SAFE AND COMFORTABLE
When we are talking about how to set up baby's nursery, it isn't just about the main furniture items. You'll need to get other essentials to make the baby's room more comfortable, functional, and safe.
To that end, choosing the best crib mattress is important. So is bringing in an ottoman to rest your tired feet when sitting on the nursery chair for hours on end and a side table to place your glass of water, nipple creams, etc.
Also, never underestimate the incredible difference the right blackout nursery curtains will make in the space by keeping out the light and helping your little one fall and stay asleep longer.
A good sound machine is key, too. So is adding a baby monitor to give you peace of mind. A nursery humidifier is highly recommended in the winter to help the baby breathe easier and keep his skin from getting dry.
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8.BRING IN NURSERY STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Setting up a baby nursery also involves making the space functional and practical. Consider adding nursery storage solutions such as baskets for toys, a rolling cart for swaddles, and a pegboard for diapering essentials to help get the nursery organized.
9. DECORATE nursery walls
At this point, you've pretty much got everything you need to set up a nursery. However, if you want just a little more, consider decorating the walls with one of these gorgeous nursery colors, hang a pretty wallpaper, or get inspired by these eye-catching nursery wall decor ideas.
10. PUT FINISHING TOUCHES WITH NURSERY DECOR
Whether your nursery is large or small, a few finishing touches can make a big difference. Update the nursery lighting, lay a nursery rug, and bring in some lovely nursery decor items to put your stamp on the nursery design.
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Last Updated on April 6, 2022 by Tira Attygalla