Tranforming a Nursery into a Small Child's Room
Being a parent is an amazing yet challenging role. After all, raising a little human is no easy feat. Before you know it, your little one will go from taking their first steps to running around everywhere and exploring their very active imagination.
As your child grows, the needs and functionalities of their space change. However, you don’t have to break the bank to transition your nursery into a small child’s room. With a few smart and easy steps, you can create a fun, safe, and relaxing space that your child will love.
Before starting any project, you should draw up a plan. Segregate different parts of the room into zones and decide what changes you would like to make.
A necessary change to make is to switch from a cot to a bed. You can choose to get a day bed – you can pull apart the frame and add in railings to increase length as your child grows. Another good option is to invest in a twin bed as this would last for quite a few years. They can also be made small child-friendly by adding guard rails to prevent any accidents.
Some cots can also be converted into a toddler’s bed simply by replacing one of the cots’ high rails with a lower-level toddler rail – to make it easy for your child to climb in and out of bed.
Bedding and more
Sleep is very important for growing children’s health. According to the NHS, children between the ages of 2-5 require anywhere between 10 and 14 hours of sleep. To ensure quality sleep, invest in a good and comfortable mattress. Innerspring mattresses are always a popular choice, and organic, hypoallergenic mattresses, although more expensive, are a safe choice. Some mattresses also have inserts that can be added to accommodate for your growing child.
It may also be time to upgrade to new bedding – sheets, duvet covers and pillows. You can stick to neutral tones as they go with many different themes, but it’s also nice to have colourful ones to ke
Open up more space
As children grow, they need more space to play, create and explore. So, the lesser the clutter, the more space your child has to run around without any casualties. Move out your old baby things like rocking chair, changing table, unwanted decorative pieces, etc. and put it away into storage, pass it on to other expecting couples, or donate to a charity shop.
Step up your storage game
Over time, your child will have a growing collection of things – toys, books, artwork, colours, you name it! You will need an effective storage system to keep everything organised and easily accessible. Cubbies, shelves, baskets, and storage boxes are great for this purpose. It is also a good way to teach children to clean up after themselves. To save on space, the most efficient storing method is vertical storing.
Your child needs to have easy access to items in their wardrobe. So items should be stored at different levels according to their use. For example, if you have a two-bar system, stick to lower-level bars for hanging clothes which are required for the season. Mobile shelves are a good solution to store items at different heights as required.
For your child’s holistic development, it’s important to cultivate their interests – be it reading, art, or anything else. Assign a designated area which is exclusively for them to relax and do their activities. For example, you can create a cute reading nook by throwing together some pillows, a soft rug, and maybe a tepee where they can dive nose deep into their favourite book. Or, they can also have a little art corner with a table-chair set up to channel their creativity.
Nurseries usually stick to neutral colours when it comes to walls. It’s time to add a pop of colour and spruce it up. You can paint the walls with a nice, lively colour, or go for an accent wall and skip the paint altogether by using wallpaper. Or you could combine both concepts to give the room a fresh new look.
It is important to childproof your windows as a safety protocol. You can also replace your curtains for a more updated look. Ideally, go for blackout curtains made of natural fibres (hence, hypoallergenic). Curtains in neutral colours will serve the room’s aesthetic longer, even as the rest of the décor changes over time.
On the subject of furniture... evaluate which pieces of furniture can be repurposed. Don’t hesitate to hit your local charity shops or car boot sales. You will be amazed by the types of treasures you may be able to find.
Convertible furniture is an economical and versatile investment that accommodates for growing children. For example, if you have a changing table topper on a chest of drawers, just remove the changing table attachment and add some accessories to give it a nice finish.
Don't forget to make the room a safe and comfortable space for your child. Avoid placing anything with sharp edges and child proof things if needed. Talk to them and ensure that they are on board with all the new changes happening to their space to make the transition as smooth as possible.
We hope this helps. If you have any other tips to help with this transition, please let us know. We would love to hear from you!