How to Functionally Design a Baby Nursery in 6 Easy Steps


Designing the perfect nursery is no easy task. There are so many things to consider when putting together your home for your little one. Getting your living space ready for your little one involves much more than just babyproofing your home. There are thousands of mini decisions that have to be taken into consideration for designing a functional and most importantly instagrammable baby room.

If you’re looking for baby room theme ideas and how to design a beautiful nursery for your baby girl or boy, check out our next blog post. If you’ve been googling what color scheme, furniture style and wallpaper works best for a baby nursery, you might be a step ahead. While it’s great to be creative, many of the parents we talked to discussed the basics that they wish they knew when they were putting together this wonderful space. Here are some helpful tips for creating a functional and comfortable space that is designed with both the mom and baby in mind.

The Perfect Crib 

If you’re looking to design a nursery on a budget, picking longer lasting furniture is where to start. A crib is the safest place for your baby to sleep. Some parents choose to use a bassinet for the first 3-4 months, but the baby will eventually grow out of it. If you’re deciding between a bassinet or an actual crib, think longevity over cuteness. A bassinet may look adorable now, but make sure you leave enough room in the nursery to be able to swap it out for a toddler sized bed eventually.

The crib should be the piece you invest most into, in the nursery or baby room. While you may think it’s a temporary item, some cribs convert into toddler beds and can be used for 3 - 4 years of your child’s life. If you’re planning to have more than one kiddo, pick a sturdier crib that can outlast all your future children. 

Most cribs made after 2011 adhere to the US safety standards, so if you’re buying a commercially made crib you should be okay. Try to stay away from vintage cribs, and avoid repurposing your childhood crib. Safety standards have changed significantly over the past 10 years, and since this is the one place that you leave your child alone, it’s worth making a smart investment.

The Changing Table Dresser

If you have a smaller space, try to combine the dresser and changing table or changing area in one. With babies come dirty diapers, and the only way to make this daily experience as fast and easy as possible is to have all the necessities close by and quick to access. The most important component here is the actual changing table. Here you want to consider the space that you have, you can purchase a freestanding changing table, or add a changing pad that can be put onto a dresser. 

Consider the height of the dresser, and aim for one that’s a comfortable height for you. You’ll be lifting and lowering the baby onto this dresser for quite some time, so keep that in mind, and put the dresser together to test out the height.

The Comfy Nursery Chair

Apart from the changing table, the nursery chair is where you’ll spend the most time in the baby’s room. It’s where you’ll put your baby to sleep, breastfeed, cuddle, laugh and cry. It’s a place where you’ll bond with your little one. 

There’s two main types of nursery chairs. The typical rocking chair, or the more modern glider. Movement is important in this piece because it helps lul your baby to sleep. You’ll want to aim for a waterproof fabric, or one that can be easily cleaned. You’ll be in here a lot, and the chair will be exposed to all of the wonderful things that babies exert.

Optimize Your Storage

In the nursery, you’ll want to keep all your necessities close by and easy to access so you can grab them quickly without waking the baby. Keep in mind, as your baby grows, your storage needs are going to change. Opt for multi-purpose bins that can be used for more than just diapers. 


Bins that are open-top are great for items like blankets and breastfeeding gear when your baby is small. As they get older, you can transition these into toy boxes or for cleanup. 


Wall storage is great for keeping dangerous items out of grasp. We like to use shelves and dressers for items like lotions, powders and nail scissors. 

Overstock your Bedding

With bedding you can get creative and incorporate colors that fit whatever theme or style you’ve decided on. In our next post we’ll be interviewing some design experts on what color scheme or palette to choose for a nursery. 


From a functional perspective, you want to stock at least 6 - 7 fitted sheets for whatever crib you’ve purchased. You’ll be going through these at a very quick rate and unless you have someone helping you with laundry constantly, you’ll want to have multiple stocked.


Go for fabrics that are soft and comfortable for your baby’s sensitive skin.

Organic cotton and bamboo are the ones most mothers prefer. 


Do not put any blanket of any type into the crib, unless you’re swaddling the baby. Blankets and quilts are a choking hazard and can cause suffocation.