Today I am showing you how to design the nursery of your dreams.
Designing our daughter’s nursery has been one of my all-time favorite projects!
I want to help you enjoy the process – below are the simple steps you need to know.
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Start a Pinterest Board for Your Nursery
Start a Pinterest board for your nursery and use it as inspiration.
This will help you streamline your style and determine what you ultimately want it to look like.
Here are the top three photos I drew inspiration from while designing my daughter’s nursery.
I’m drawn to mostly neutrals with girly accents!
Plan Out Your Nursery in Advance
Draw the layout of your room to see exactly where your biggest furniture pieces will go.
Measure each wall and be sure to choose appropriately sized furniture.
Below is the layout of our nursery – keep in mind it’s not drawn to scale.
I’m terrible at drawings, but they give me an idea of where I want everything.
Here are a few Before shots of this room completely empty.
Decide on Your Key Furniture Pieces
Decide on your key furniture pieces – the crib, glider, and dresser.
Read through all the online reviews you can find and try to see them in person if you can.
Selecting a Crib
Look for a convertible crib that your baby can transition into.
They may start crawling out of their crib before they’re ready for a twin bed.
Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a safe, sturdy crib.
I almost got swept up by all of the fancy options, but ultimately we went with this low-cost one that had amazing reviews.
The ONLY things that should be in your child’s crib are the crib mattress and crib sheet.
There should be NO additional bedding like bumpers, blankets, and pillows.
The ones you see here are purely for decoration and will always be removed while she is in the crib.
Their mattress has no foam, latex or adhesives, and allows air to flow freely for optimal breathability and temperature regulation which can reduce the risk of suffocation.
I put a breathable, muslin cotton sheet from Aden + Anais over the crib mattress.
The simple, neutral design of this crib will work for our next child whether we have a boy or girl.
I’ll use my favorite blush, vintage rug in her next bedroom.
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Choosing a Glider
The number one piece of advice I received is to splurge on the glider since you will spend A LOT of time on it.
You’ll likely sleep there at some point so you want it to be comfortable.
We went to see ours in-store to sit and rock on it.
I also read through TONS of online reviews to make sure it was worth the cost.
You’re probably thinking I’m insane for choosing white!
Trust me we will take care of it – I put Scotchgard on the fabric and I’ll leave this blanket draped over it.
Plus if it survives a few years in the nursery, I plan on using it in our master bedroom one day.
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Picking Out a Dresser
The dresser will serve as your changing table AND provide you with additional storage.
It’s great for storing diapers, wipes, and creams within reach.
It’s also perfect for swaddling blankets, clothes, burp cloths, bibs, etc.
I plan on using this dresser in her next bedroom once this becomes a nursery again for baby number two.
The changing table topper can be removed without damage to the top of the dresser – it simply screws into the back.
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Consider Your Lighting Options
Consider adding multiple lighting options – your main source of light, a significantly dimmer option, and a nightlight.
Our main source of light comes from the ceiling fan, and I put this lamp next to the glider with a dim bulb for nighttime nursing.
We also put a motion-activated nightlight right by the doorway.
You also want to keep sunlight OUT while your baby is sleeping, so blackout curtains are a necessity.
We love these thick, high-quality blackout curtains, and they just happen to be gorgeous as well!
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Fill In the Remaining Floor Space with Storage
Fill in the remaining floor space with storage for toys, books, blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, etc.
Use a combination of baskets, toy boxes, or storage cubes.
We love these large, stackable toy boxes that fit ALL of the things.
OK, I may or may not have a basket obsession.
There are so many cute ones… how could I not pick up them all?!
Both of these are from Home Goods, and the blankets were gifts from my baby shower.
I love these bookshelves from IKEA and they were only $9.99 each!
Each one is four inches deep, so they will eventually fit a ton of baby books.
The tassel basket is also from Home Goods.
Pick Out the Rest of Your Decor
Once you’ve decided on the furniture and storage, it’s time to pick out the fun stuff!
This is where I’d go a little crazy on gender-specific decor.
These are the things that will give you ALL THE FEELS 🙂
Related: 10 Easy Ways to Organize Your Nursery
I absolutely fell in love with this gold star ceiling mobile, and it makes a huge statement!
Is there anything cuter than baby animal prints in a nursery?
I framed them in 16 x 20 gold frames from IKEA.
Tulle & sequins fit for a princess – I had to have this crib skirt!
Here’s a sneak peek of her all-new closet – find the full DIY tutorial HERE.
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Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Big Bend Beige
Tour our daughter’s custom nursery closet that we built for $100!
It’s a great DIY project to make your child’s closet a little more functional.