There are many considerations to make while buying nursery furniture, such as the security and safety of your child. To ascertain this, you have to be precise on remembering that not only are you seeking for an item that will satisfy you, but one that which will better stimulate activity, thought and creativity in your child. The daunting decision on what to put in the nursery is further compounded by the fact that there are thousands of patterns, colors, materials and textures available for every type of nursery furniture.
A good way to start your search for the perfect furniture ought to be personalizing the nursery in terms of your own judgment, so that the nursery will be an extension of your love and presence to the baby. The uniqueness of your choices will project into the child and instill further the parental instincts that form the start of a very long relationship. Central pieces included as nursery furniture include cribs, changers, rockers or gliders and storage units, displays and many more.
When you finally settle on an item of nursery furniture, ensure that each is secure and builds up a collectively creative atmosphere for your child. Remember that the atmosphere of the nursery should stimulate imagination, offer comfort, be safe for use by your child, encourage growth, speak out love and offer tranquility.
After identifying the items you need in the room, sample the market and see which products and designs are present in the market before you settle on what to buy. Have the nursery size, outlay and color scheme in mind as you sample various outlets offering nursery furniture. The following considerations should be made at this initial stage:
- Establish the size of your nursery and then determine the ideal size of the nursery furniture so that it does not seem congested and stuffed.
- Establish the colors of the item you want as part of the nursery furniture, so that it can blend well with other colors in the room. Again, remember that children are excited and stimulated by bright luminous colors.
- Determine the material used to make the ideal item, in terms of texture, durability and fragility.
- Consult your budget and determine what is reasonable and available to spend in buying nursery furniture.
- Finally, conduct proper research and sample as many designs and brands of the item you have in mind, to see which has all or even more features and quality than the one you want and also the one within your budget configurations.
Most nursery furniture items are bought in anticipation, long before the baby arrives. This is good because it allows you time to conduct proper research about how to set up a nursery. Surf the internet for ideas, talk to friends who have been there, visit a few nurseries of acquaintances’ children and borrow the best ideas, and quite importantly, talk to your pediatrician. The valuable insights from friends should however be counterchecked with expert sources. Today, thousands of consumer publications are available and from which you can screen the offers from different manufacturers and dealers, compare the prices, score the safety ratings and read some insightful recommendations.
When it comes to nursery furniture, you should remember that it is among the biggest investments you will ever make for your child. Again, the same nursery furniture, beddings and accessories might be used by other children; if there will be more in future. Be conscious of the brand’s integrity and quality taking into account the reputation and market presence of the manufacturer. Check also for government certification of standards and if possible tests conducted by independent associations such as the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA).
Before buying any item consider furniture options that will grow with your child. The adaptability of a piece of furniture and its conversion ability, especially the crib, makes it a more worthy purchase. First time parents usually prefer conversion nursery furniture so that as the child grows the piece of furniture will convert to larger sizes and adequately serve the purpose without going back to the shop.
Other considerations in deciding which nursery furniture to buy include:
- The furniture should allow you to make changes if you so wish, on its colour and components. Therefore, check for screws and drill holes to allow you do that as well as colour schemes that can be repainted with age.
- Check the nursery furniture for sharp edges and corners that might harm your child, you or any other family member. Edges and corners should be smoothened out and if possible covered in rubber of plastic.
- Check for furniture with removable or changeable tops, such as the changing table, so that you will have an opportunity in future for a facelift. This also calls for you to consider the reusability of the item, once the baby grows up and does not need the furniture.
- Also while buying nursery furniture, check for firmness and endurance, since you don’t’ want to buy a piece of furniture that will give in to your weight as you check on the child.