There comes a time for every family where you have to start planning for a room for your pride and joy to occupy. However, it is often the case that the space set out for your young child is already populated by adult furniture such as beds, wardrobes and office furniture.
Initially, you have to consider what new furniture you’ll need for the baby and where the furniture that’s already in the room will go when it gets replaced. Set out a strategy of the conversion process and how you plan to organize and fill the room.
When working with a small space, ensure that you are using what’s available effectively and efficiently; getting the best layout will ensure that accessibility is at its full potential. Obviously having the luck of a large area to work with will mean that there is plenty of leeway in both how much equipment can fit in and where things can go.
If you’re struggling to think of what furniture and equipment needs to be in a nursery, create a checklist of what you’d like to be in there and then search the internet to see if there’s anything you missed.
The obvious items include a crib, a small wardrobe, a small chest of draws, an area for toys and then items such as mobiles and child orientated lighting. There are plenty of places where you could get a full set of solid oak furniture, whether you feel the need for a full adult range of furniture, or pieces that would suit a child.
The nursery could also be a place for diaper changing and so perhaps incorporating a diaper changing dock and a place to keep all the necessary equipment for all those messy encounters would be a good idea.
Before you start moving in any furniture, however, you have to make the room child friendly, so that means limiting accessibility to things like plug sockets and sharp edges. Ensure that any play area is out of the way of anything potentially dangerous for when the baby is on the floor playing with toys. The doorway needs to have a child gate on it too so that there is no risk of the child escaping onto the landing or stairway.
Next comes decorating. Depending on how you like to go about it, the room may be painted with the baby’s interests in mind and go with a very colorful and child orientated design, or you could go with something that’s becoming more popular and going for a more contemporary look.
It’s best to ensure that the room has a carpeted floor as opposed to hard flooring and it’s always a nice touch to add plenty of cushions and other soft furnishings.
When it comes to lighting, make sure that the room is well lit during the day. At night, it might be good to get a night light, as some babies sleep better with soft lighting on during the night.