It’s time to design the nursery for your new arrival, how exciting!
From choosing the colours, layout and furniture to shopping for all the super-cute finishing touches – this is one of the most enjoyable parts of pregnancy.
In order to make it even more fun, it’s important to go shopping with a list of essentials and a bit of expert knowledge to help you out, which is why we’ve compiled this guide to creating your perfect nursery with a little bit of help from our friends…
5 top tips to create the perfect nursery
To help you to remember everything you need to buy before the arrival of your baby, East Coast Nursery have some advice to help you prepare for the most exciting time of your lives.
- Measure up:Measure the room and keep the measurements with you – they’ll be essential when you go shopping for furniture, paint, etc. Plus, if you happen to see something nice by chance, you’ll always be prepared!
- Consider your style: Is your new nursery going to be clean and modern? The Liberty room set is perfect with its clean lines and a fresh white finish. Or perhaps you prefer a vintage style with more traditional furniture? To create a dreamy, traditionally-styled nursery, the Alaska Sleigh Cot Bed is a gorgeous centrepiece. It’s available in white or grey with a matching dresser to complete the look.
- Furniture first:Before you pick up a paint brush, choose your furniture! It’s easier and cheaper to match paints, fabric and wallpaper to your favourite furniture rather than the other way around.
- Choose your key pieces: If you have the space, choose a three piece room set like the stylish Acre or fantastic value Fontana. Alternatively, create your own, with East Coast’s colour-matching pieces in antique, white or grey, to suit every room size, style and budget.
The East Coast Nursery Acre 3 Piece Room Set is a stylish nursery addition.
- Stretch your space: If your nursery is small or an awkward shape, you could opt for a space-saving cot. The Carolina Cot measures a neat 96cm x 58cm – 20% smaller than the average size cot – but still with plenty of space for your little one to grow into. Maximise your storage space with cot beds with underbed drawers, or changing tables with plenty of drawer space, to keep nappies and spare bedding organised.
How to design and lay out the nursery
As well as adding nursery furniture, it’s also important for the room to be practical and safe – for you and for baby. The East Coast Nursery team have provided some more top tips on how to plan for the short and long-term future, as well as your little one’s safety.
• Think long-term: With so many gorgeous baby things out there, it’s easy to get carried away, but bear in mind that they will only be a baby for a short time. Think child-friendly rather than childish – choose a neutral background and add age-appropriate accessories. Look for furniture that converts as your little one grows, like cots that become toddler beds, or dressers that turn into a chest of drawers.
The Toulouse cot bed will help transition from a cot bed to a toddler bed.
- Be safe: Create a safe zone around the cot by positioning it away from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations and cords. Keep furniture that your baby could clamber onto away from the cot too. If the room lets in a lot of light, you may want to consider blackout blinds or curtains to keep the room dark and help your baby sleep better.
- Love your new nursery: The first few months with your new baby are wonderful, but they’re undoubtedly some of the most tiring nights you’ll ever have. Try to include some pieces in your nursery that make you feel happy and peaceful – beautiful wall art, soft lighting and a comfy seat for night feeds.
East Coast Nursery have been a British family-run company for more than 55 years, designing and supplying an award-winning range of baby products.