There’s nothing more exciting than having a baby on the way, until you realise that you need to make physical space for this latest addition to the family. Even if it’s your first child and you’re lucky enough to have some rooms to spare, you’ve probably been using these rooms as a home office or a bedroom for when your family and loved ones come to visit. These rooms already have a function, and it will take some effort to transform it into a sleeping space fit for a baby, and subsequently a growing child. Here are a few steps to making that transformation.
Clear out the room
You need to start with a blank canvas so you can best visualise where the furniture will go and how the room will be decorated. You could raise a bit of money towards this endeavor by selling the furniture that was already in the room. However, some of the furniture might be useful in the future – the spare bed could be your child’s bed when they’re older. If you don’t have the space to store them for that long, but you don’t want to sell them, look into some secure storage solutions to keep them in your possession, but out of the way. Alternatively, you could loan them out to a close relative on the condition that you get it back when you ask for it.
Plan the furniture
A cot is essential, but do you really need a changing table? If you can make do with a changing pad on top of a basic chest of drawers, then a changing table can safely go on the list of baby items you don’t need. A rocking chair, on the other hand, isn’t exactly essential, but it does conjure a nice image of you rocking your baby to sleep and perhaps falling asleep yourself. Once you have a clear idea of what kind of furniture will go into the room, you can move on to the fun part.
Whether you’re determined to stick with a gender neutral colour scheme, or you have a fun theme in mind, painting your child’s nursery is a fun way of looking forward to the future. You can also get creative with some stencils, or show off your artistic talents by painting a mural in your child’s room. If you don’t want to paint, you can also put up some wallpaper that is ideal for nurseries and kids’ rooms.
Your baby will spend most of their early life sleeping. Blackout curtains will create a cool, dark environment that sleep experts agree is ideal for a good sleep, but you can also use shutters to achieve the same effect. Each have their good points; shutters are neutral, can be painted to match any colour scheme, and can be fitted to any window. Curtains are more stylish, they have interesting patterns, and you can even attempt to make them yourself if you’re handy with a needle.