How to design a baby's nursery: 10 basic tips

How to design a baby's nursery: 10 basic tips

If you're wondering what it takes to design a baby's nursery, this article is perfect for you — read on for 10 basic tips that will make this task a whole lot easier for you!

design a baby's nursery Find out the basics on how to design a baby's nursery.

You don't have to be an architect to design a baby's nursery. Planning for and designing your little one's nursery can actually be an exciting time, especially since you get to be creative with shopping and designing.

To be able to design a baby's nursery is any parent's dream, but it always comes with a lot of apprehension and uncertainty. These tips will not only ensure that your baby's nursery is inviting, functional and safe, but will also assure you that you're headed in the right direction.

1. Choose a location

When choosing a room to convert into a nursery, ensure that it is far away from tons of movement and prying eyes. You don’t want to allow every passing individual to see your baby, right?

If you can, choose a room that’s at the back of the house. Keep windows closed at all times, or put in some safety bars if ventilation is an issue.

2. Plan a layout

Draw on a dry erase board and plan the layout of the room. Find out where you want to put in furniture and storage units.

nursery-1 Try to plan the layout of the nursery in advance.

You might also consider putting a single bed for a parent to sleep in whenever the baby is ill. If the space of the room still allows it, consider putting in a closet too.

3. Group things together

Make sure that the layout of the room is practical and allows similar things to be placed near each other. You don’t want to place the garbage can or diaper storage too far from the dressing/changing table.

It may not seem much, but a few steps make a big difference when it gets chaotic with the baby.

4. Hang objects in the proper place

Avoid positioning wall shelves, paintings, mirrors or other things directly above the crib. No matter how sturdy you think the installation of these items are, it is better to be safe than sorry.

design a baby's nursery Read more on how to make your baby's nursery more safe.

5. Find a color scheme that works

When choosing the color scheme, it is best to pick out a multitude of colors. Newborns may only see gray, black and white in their first few weeks, but as they grow they can recognize a lot more hues like reds, blues, pinks and greens.

Make it fun by painting animals, insects and other whimsical designs that you think are perfect for your child. Since your baby is going to go through different ages and stages, steer clear of wall paper as you might want to repaint and come up with a new design later on.

6. Lighting is everything

For the room’s lighting, pick out two different lamps — one that’s bright enough to illuminate the entire room and the other with a lower light setting, which can be used to read stories or lull the baby to sleep.

nightlight Choose the proper lighting for your baby's nursery.

Don’t forget to set up a night light too. Lights are an essential part of coming up with a design for a nursery

7. Choose the correct flooring

When it comes to flooring, you might want to stick to hardwood floors, tiles, or vinyl.

flooring Hardwood floors are easier to clean. You can soften the look by adding a rug or mat.

These types of surfaces for flooring are easy to clean in case of spills or pee accidents in the future, when baby is bigger. To soften the look, you can add shaggy rugs.

8. Decorate as you wish

Design a baby's nursery to accommodate decorations like wall photos, mirrors and overhead mobiles.

Don't forget to tie everything together with a theme as much as possible. These touches will make the room more inviting and personalized.


generic How about deviating from the usual pink for girls and blue for boys with this classic theme for a nursery?

9. Babyproof everything

Don’t forget to babyproof everything while you design a baby's nursery.

Cover electric sockets, hide wires, and cover up sharp edges. Make sure not to have anything that dangles in the room to avoid accidents.

electric socket Make sure sockets like these are covered at all times!

10. Stay connected

Since you are not sleeping in the same room as your baby, make sure that you set up a baby monitor to let you know if your baby is awake, crying or sleeping.

Did these tips help you to design a baby's nursery? Tell us all about it. We’d love to hear from you.

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Written by

Karen Mira

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