Putting Function First When Designing the Nursery

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Family

 

Decorating the nursery can be one of the most exciting activities when preparing for the baby. There is an overflowing excitement that expecting parents have, which can be expressed creatively through this design project – but it can also be overwhelming and intimidating for those who have no idea where to begin.

When designing for the nursery, it is easy to want the room to look the best it can. Although aesthetics are important, we still have to keep in mind that we should focus on the functional furniture first before the accessories. The baby would not notice if the flooring complements the ceiling, but a comfortable crib would surely matter to him or her.  Also, for the inevitable baby mess making moments, the surfaces and materials used for the room should be easy to clean.  

The crib, which is usually the centerpiece of the room, should be strategically located near the door where parents can reach it without stumbling or bumping into other furniture, even in the dark. It should also be placed away from the windows where there might be drafts or where the sunlight might hit directly. When choosing a crib, avoid those with horizontals slats that the baby can use to climb out. The space between these slats should also be small enough as to not allow him or her to get stuck in between.

Right next to the crib, having a changing table or nursing station is ideal. Wet accidents can be frequent, and having the changing table close to the crib will allow the parents to quickly clean up the mess and change the diapers.

Storage for these diapers and other necessities should be present within the room. Articles and accessories for infants accumulate over time so it is important to accommodate for more things than you start out with. To help make it more comfortable for the mother to feed or to hold the baby, you can place a rocking chair or a recliner by the window. A night table or a side table can also be a nice addition to the room. As the baby brows, tables and other furniture should be secured to the wall or to the floor using nylon straps or L brackets.

Aside from functionality, safety is another crucial concern when designing the room. Electrical outlets should be covered and cables should be securely tucked away. Choking hazards and harmful products should be stored out of the baby’s reach.

Designing a nursery can be challenging, but when we carefully consider not only the needs of the new baby but also the joy that the room will bring, it can also be an exciting part of getting ready for baby.

 

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