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Baby Room Decorating

Updated on July 11, 2009

Many parents know exactly how they plan to decorate their baby’s nursery as soon as they find out they are pregnant.  Others are clueless and unsure what to do right up to days before the baby is born.  Having a child is an exciting time for any parent and choosing the right baby bedroom furniture, nursery bedding sets, and nursery themes is as individual a choice as the parents who are making it.

There is no right or wrong way to start baby room decorating a room as long as you – the parent – are happy with it.  Face it, your baby is not going to appreciate your effort until they are about 6 months old so you are the one that will have to enjoy the nursery themes you choose.

Ideas For Decorating Your Baby’s Nursery

No matter what baby room decor you choose theme wise, color is important and you are going to want to make sure that it is incorporated when you choose your baby’s first furniture and decorations.  Since you’ll be spending the most time in the room and appreciating the decorations, you need to decide if you want the room to be electrifying with bright colors and stimulating artwork right down to the bedding sets and mobile over the crib, or if you want the room to be calm and relaxing, perfect for sleepy baby and cuddling in the rocking chair amidst pastel colors and baby animals.  If you know the sex of your baby you could opt for the little girl pink with ribbons and bows and magical fairies or baby boy blue with a rugged tractor or sports theme.

Then again, many parents opt for the baby themes from their childhood.  Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse are classic themes and Holly Hobbie, Strawberry Shortcake, and G.I. Joe have made a wonderful resurgence. It’s very easy to find décor that match these themes for that taste of nostalgia.  These baby room decorating ideas sing the word ‘Fun’ over and over again.

If you want a classy and sophisticated feel, you can go with everyday fabrics, window treatments and bedding that are more in line with the décor of your own home. Toile nursery themes have become very popular as have plaids, checks, and stripes intermingled for a very unique feel that fits together well.  Decorating a baby room is entirely up to you, and you have myriad possibilities ahead of you.

Do It Yourself Nursery Furniture

New parents and grandparents all understand that nursery furniture will soon be outgrown by a baby even before a baby gets time to make a dent in it.  No scratch marks, no crayon marks, nothing.  Therefore, if you want to make sure your child gets the most out of a furniture set, then maybe you should consider building the baby room furniture yourself. If you use the right pattern when you start this project, a quality piece of handmade baby furniture offers more options, such as those baby convertible cribs.

Convertible furniture will start with a crib that uses a standard crib mattress for a baby to sleep on and some patterns feature, to drawers below the crib for extra storage as well as a small cabinet above the crib for holding accessories such as blankets, sheets, and other needs.  When your baby outgrows their crib, you can convert this handmade furniture into a junior sized captain’s bed by removing the cabinet, the slatted sides, and the footboard.

Your nursery furniture should also include a changing table. You can purchase a pattern that matches the crib that starts out as the changing table with two drawers and a cabinet that converts to a dresser within minutes.  Perfect for holding all of your baby’s clothes and supplies, the changing table dresser is like the crib in that it allows you to make use of the furniture for years to come.

The best wood to use to make these items is oak, but any hard wood will work well.  All it takes is cutting out the patterns, sanding down the wood, assembling it all, and then finishing it with the color or stain of your choosing.  One pattern for these items measure for the crib 68” long by 39” tall and 38” deep with the changing table measuring 47” tall by 31” wide by 18” deep.  Most of the patterns only cost around $10 and the cost of the wood and supplies.  Making your own baby bedroom furniture also allows you and your family a keepsake to be treasured for generations, with each family only adding their own bedding as their personal touch. 


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      becca352 8 years ago

      I found that by choosing the bedding for your baby’s room first, you will be able to select everything else from those colors and patterns. I helped my friend shop everywhere to find a style and colors that she would like. Then once we had the bedding selected we were able to pick out wall colors and anything else she needed. She bought this crib set at an on line store, here is pix ( They don’t want to know what they are having so she wanted something that would be cute and lasting for everyone. Plus the fact that this bedding is by Sferra I told her that was all I needed to know. They are just the best in anything linen. It is such beautiful bedding; the pictures on the net can’t show you all the detail. You can have your bedding items embroidered too.

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      down pillow 8 years ago

      There are some really great suggestions here. Nice hub!