Knowing how to design a modern nursery that grows with your child is really simple and a great investment, both practically and aesthetically. Here are 5 tips for creating a modern and versatile nursery that can grow with you – from baby to toddler.
- Choose versatile nursery furniture
- Select a neutral colour scheme
- Incorporate functional storage solutions
- Choose safe nursery furniture
- Make it easy to clean
1. Choose versatile nursery furniture
Investing in convertible nursery furniture that can be used for different purposes as your baby grows is one of the best “first decisions” you can make. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it will also save you time and effort.
Convertible cot and toddler bed
A cot that can be converted into a toddler bed is a must. Simple and practical, these cots have a removable side and then you’ll have an instant toddler bed! Your little one will also feel more comfortable with this next big transition as they’ll still be sleeping in their cosy, familiar bed.
Choosing a cot that also gives you adjustable bed heights is a must. The first height is set higher up and best suited for newborns up until they learn to stand. This higher level is also parent friendly, so you do not have to stoop low to pick up your bubba. Of course, once the baby does learn to stand up, you can adjust the height to the second, lower setting.
By using the second, lower bed height, and removing the side gable you now have a toddler bed.
Convertible baby changing table
Another piece of nursery furniture that can be transformed is the baby change table. There are some clever designs which convert the table into a chest of draws meaning it can be used for many years to come!
When choosing modern nursery furniture sets, look for those that are versatile and can be easily adapted to different stages of your child’s development. Some options to consider include a convertible cot that can turn into a toddler bed, a dresser that can double as a changing table, and a glider chair that can be used for feedings and storytime. You will find baby furniture pieces that are not only functional but also stylish and modern, making them perfect for any contemporary nursery.
2. Select a neutral colour scheme
Keep things simple when choosing colour themes! Opt for a neutral colour palette that has staying power and can be easily updated with accessories as your baby grows. Avoid choosing overly themed or trendy colours for the walls and instead choose calming, non-distracting colours and patterns. This will ensure a better sleeping and learning environment for your little one.
When it comes to modern nursery ideas, neutrals are always a good choice. Not only do they create a soothing and calming environment for your baby, but they also provide a great backdrop for adding pops of colour and patterns through accessories like bedding, wall art, and rugs. Some popular neutral colour choices include cool whites, soft grays, warm beige, and calming creams.
The Kids Home Fashion ARMIA Collection is designed in a crisp white with fun pops of colour. With 4 colour themes to choose from you can mix and match the colours to create gender specific or gender neutral nursery rooms.
3. Incorporate functional storage solutions
Kids accumulate a lot of toys, books and clothes as they grow. While bookshelves, baskets and cubbies are a great way to keep things organised, choosing furniture that comes with ample storage or specially designed features can keep your nursery looking fresh and uncluttered.
Changing Table with Storage
The best place to start looking for nursery storage solutions is the baby change table. There are many designs out there that have special compartments, caddies and even a removable space for the baby bath! Ergonomically designed baby furniture like this is especially helpful for those Mums who have had a caesarean.
When it comes to modern nursery furniture, storage is key. Look for pieces that offer plenty of space to store all of your baby’s essentials, like diapers, wipes, and clothes. Some options to consider include dressers with extra drawers or shelves, cots with built-in storage, and changing tables with integrated compartments. You can also add additional storage solutions like baskets and bins to keep everything organised.
4. Choose safe nursery furniture
Safety is always a top priority when designing a modern nursery. There are many trending nursery looks that are beautiful and fun, but are they really safe for your child?
Things to avoid around the cot are heavy hanging items, garlands and fairy lights. Wall art should be out of arm’s reach. While these are all very pretty and pleasing to the eye they can too easily become a health hazard to babies.
With falls being the most common injury to toddlers and most of those injuries occurring to the face and neck, safety must factor into your modern nursery design.
Safety Features to Look For
Safety features to look for when choosing your nursery furniture:
Soft Closing Drawers
- Drawers with soft closing mechanisms: prevents little fingers getting crushed
Automatic Closing Mechanism
- Drawers with automatic closing mechanisms: reduces the ability for toddlers to use the drawers as step ladders
Safety Regulation Space Between Bars
- Cot bars or panel spaces between 50mm-95mm: larger gaps can trap the head, arms or legs
Good Quality Castors with Brakes
- Quality castors with brakes: four castors should be used and one pair must have brakes
5. Make it easy to clean
Let’s face it – babies are messy! From diaper blowouts to spit-up, your nursery is bound to see its fair share of messes. Make your life easier by choosing furniture and decor that is easy to clean and maintain. Opt for wipeable surfaces like vinyl or laminated fabric for your changing table, and choose machine-washable bedding and curtains.
Durable Pure-Lite Composite Board
PureLite Board is increasing in popularity as a premium option for internal furniture and cabinetry. Its glossy white finish, low water absorption rate and excellent resistance to chemicals makes it so easy to clean, and maintain, keeping its original appearance. That’s why Kids Home Fashion choose to use it in our nursery range.
In conclusion, designing a modern nursery that grows with your child doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By choosing versatile furniture, neutral colours, and plenty of storage, you can create a space that is both beautiful and functional. Remember to prioritise safety and cleanliness, and don’t forget to add personal touches and sensory elements to engage your baby’s developing senses. With a little planning and inspiration, you can create a nursery that your child will love for years to come.
Australian Mandatory Safety Standards
Kids Home Fashion modern nursery furniture has been designed to comply with the applicable Australian Mandatory Safety Standards. Before you buy a cot make sure that it complies with the mandatory safety standrds AS/NZS 2172:2003 and Compliance with AS/NZS:2172:2013. Read the ACCC Cot Safety Guidelines here.