5 Expert Tips To Choose A Nursery Furniture Set

Precious and meticulously decorated, your baby's nursery is likely going to become your favorite room in the entire house! To turn it into the nursery of your dreams and create a cohesive look, there's nothing better than choosing a nursery furniture set.

Since its large pieces will become the focal point of the room and there are a few safety features that you can't afford to overlook, don't rush into this purchase! Follow our expert tips to find the perfect nursery furniture set that can ensure sweet dreams for both you and your little one.

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1. What are the advantages of buying a nursery furniture set?

If you're still torn between purchasing individual pieces and choosing a nursery furniture set, let us make things easier by showing you the main benefits of the latter:

  • Cohesiveness: because each furniture piece follows the same design and finish, your entire nursery will automatically look consistent, showcasing your good taste in décor;

  • Practicality: rather than browsing dozens of different cribs and then having to do the same for your dresser and changing table, you'll have everything in one place! Once you find a couple of sets that you like the look of, it'll be much easier to compare their features;

  • Price: because you're buying two or three pieces of furniture at the same time, these sets are usually cheaper than purchasing each item individually.

2. What is included in a nursery furniture set?

It really depends, as there are different sets to cater for any possible scenario! However, it's usually a combination of two or all three of these elements:

Crib

Essential to ensure a good and - hopefully - long night's sleep (although it won't work miracles), when purchasing it you can choose between:

  • Traditional crib: ideal if you're planning on using it again for their future siblings or if you're happy to invest in a new bed when your little one outgrows it;

  • Convertible crib: since one side can be removed and replaced with a safety rail, these cribs can grow with your child by becoming a toddler bed and, in some cases, even a full-size bed; while convertible cribs are more expensive, they're actually a wise investment that will save you money in the long run, and definitely worth it if you're not planning on having any more babies;

Dresser

This piece will be a lifesaver when it comes to storage space! Most models also include a removable topper that serves as a changing surface: a practical space-saving option if you're not planning on purchasing a separate changing table;

Changing table

Have you already got a large chest of drawers? Would you like to utilize the top of your dresser as an additional storage space? Or perhaps you have a rather large nursery that you'd like to fill with more pieces? Then you might want to consider choosing a nursery furniture set that includes a separate changing table;

Whether you opt for a model with drawers or one with open shelves, this practical piece of furniture will also provide some extra storage space.

Unless you already happen to have one of these items, buying a three-piece nursery furniture set is the handiest option.

However, if you're tight on space, we definitely recommend purchasing a two-piece set that includes a crib and a dresser with a changing top

2 Piece Nursery Furniture Set in Brown
Standard 3 Piece Nursery Furniture Set
Wooden Nursery Furniture Set
4-in-1 Convertible 2 Piece Nursery Furniture Set
3 Piece Nursery Furniture Crib Set in Grey
Elegant Nursery Furniture Set in Cream

3. What safety standards should a nursery furniture set meet?

Better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your baby! It's important to work towards creating a nursery that feels like a safe, hazard-free space.

For some extra peace of mind, consider looking for nursery furniture sets that include these safety features:

  • Changing pad safety strap: whether you're planning on choosing a dresser with a topper or a traditional table, a changing pad with safety straps will keep it attached to the bottom surface, preventing your restless little one from getting it to slide off;

  • Tip-over restraint: to avoid unpleasant accidents when you're changing your baby or when they start crawling around and trying to open every drawer, look for a dresser and changing table that include a tip-over device to secure them to the wall;

  • No drop-side: some crib rails used to feature a moveable side for easier access, but it actually resulted in horrible strangulation and suffocation deaths; although drop-side cribs are now illegal in the US, you should still make sure you avoid this feature if you're purchasing a second-hand model or buying from an overseas store.

4. What features should I look for in a nursery furniture set?

As well as the safety standards that we've covered, there are other features that could make your life easier:

  • Removable changing table topper: this allows you to take it with you should you go and stay at your family's and to make the most of that surface once your baby no longer needs it;

  • Adjustable mattress heights: this crib follows your little one's needs, allowing you to place the mattress at different heights to reach them more comfortably but also to ensure your baby's safety (for example, you should start at a higher position for newborns, lower it towards the middle when they can roll around, and at the bottom when they're able to sit up);

  • Under-crib storage: once your first baby is born, you'll realize that you can never have enough storage space! If your nursery hasn't got many drawer-based pieces of furniture, save yourself a headache and look for a crib that features some extra storage room.

Nursery Furniture Set with Adjustable Mattress Height
Nursery Furniture Set with Adjustable Mattress Height in Grey
Nursery Furniture Set with Adjustable Mattress Height in Brown
2 Piece Nursery Furniture Set with Removable Changing Table
Nursery Furniture Set with Under-crib Storage
Nursery Furniture Set with Under-crib Storage in Brown

5. How do I choose the finish and style of a nursery furniture set?

While the pieces of a nursery furniture set will always look cohesive, you should also look for a style that complements the rest of the room. Most nursery furniture sets are made of wood, so you simply need to look for the right color or finish:

  • A wooden finish is ideal to inspire a natural and traditional feel.

    Lighter wood would be a wiser choice in smaller nurseries, as it helps make the room feel bigger, brighter and airier;

    Darker wood adds a dramatic element and can also make larger rooms feel cozier and more intimate;
Light Wood 2 - Piece Nursery Furniture Set
Dark Wood 3 Piece Nursery Furniture Set
Natural Wood Nursery Furniture Set
Dark Wood 4-in-1 Convertible Crib
Wooden Nursery Furniture Set
  • Painted wooden sets are usually monochrome, and it's handy to consider the color of the nursery's walls before settling for one;

    You can either go for something that creates an element of contrast against them (for example, white furniture looks great amongst colorful walls) or a hue that helps you create a distinctive palette, complementing the walls whilst still standing out;

    Remember that having very similar tones means that nothing will pop.
Wooden Nursery Furniture Set in Grey
Wood Convertible Standard Nursery Furniture Set
Wooden Nursery Furniture Set in Olive
Nursery Crib Set in Grey Wood
White Wood Piece Nursery Furniture Set
Piece Nursery Furniture Set in Multicolored Wood
  • Choosing a nursery furniture set with sleek lines will help you convey a more contemporary or modern look;

  • Furniture with lots of decorative details and more harmonious shapes and lines is perfect to create a timeless, traditional feel.

Quick Tips

  • Choosing a nursery furniture set rather than individual pieces will ensure more cohesiveness, make it quicker and easier to compare different models and result in a lower overall price

  • A set that includes a crib, a dresser and a changing table is the most complete option, but, if you're tight on space, it might be better to go with a two-piece set that only features the crib and a dresser with a changing pad

  • A convertible crib is more expensive but will grow with your baby, saving you money in the long run

  • Look for nursery furniture sets that include safety features such as straps for the changing pad and tip-over restraints and avoid cribs with a dangerous drop-side

  • Consider features that can make your life easier, such as removable changing toppers, cribs with adjustable mattress height, and under-crib storage

  • Look for a finish that feels consistent with the rest of the room and stands out against the color of the walls; choosing a nursery furniture set with sleek lines will result in a more modern look, whereas decorative shapes feel more traditional.

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