1. Before choosing any nursery furniture, measure your baby’s room so you know how much space you have. Nothing makes a room look smaller than too much furniture. Some items, like a crib, are absolutely necessary. Other items, such as a changing table, help to make life easier but can be left out if you’re short on space.
2. If your space allows for it, however, we strongly recommend a changing table. Since you'll probably use it about 43,000 times, it behooves you to find one that's comfortable for both of you. Our selection includes those with shelves, doors, drawers … you name it. You can further conserve space by choosing a changing table that also doubles as a dresser.
3. Convertible cribs are becoming more popular and you have your choice of cribs that convert only to a toddler bed or cribs that eventually becomes a full size bed for your teenager. Just think, you may only have to buy this kid one bed … ever! How's that for a good return on your investment?
4. A rocker or glider is a necessity for those late-night feedings. They’re also great for nap time, bed time, and story time. In fact, you may become so swayed by the comfort of your nursery glider that you move it to your family room after you no longer need it for baby. A matching gliding ottoman is a super bonus.
5. A bookcase in the nursery is not only great for books, but you can add storage baskets or bins as well to create extra storage space for those essential items. Modular wall units are also a great way to create storage that's beautiful and functional. Plus, many modular units can function as a little bench for a small child.
6. For clothing storage solutions, an armoire not only gives you drawers and shelves, but will be useful for many years. A chest, on the other hand, has a much smaller footprint and might make more sense in smaller rooms.
7. Accent pieces are a great way to create a finished nursery. A nightstand, for instance, is ideal for an adorable lamp or clock. Adding a hutch to baby's dresser creates additional storage space and is an easy way to create a more richly furnished look. Finishing a dresser with a mirror is also a fantastic way to make the room look bigger and, let's face it, every child loves a mirror.
8. Make sure tall pieces like chests or armoires or tip-hazard items like hutches and mirrors are securely fastened to the walls with anti-tip kits. When little ones become mobile, everything looks like a jungle gym.
9. Finally, choosing nursery furniture in a finish you love and one that is easy to match allows you to continue to use the furniture as your baby grows, saving you time and money.