Simple Ways To Convert Your Nursery To A Junior Room
Interior Stylist Magdalene Liacopoulos from The Bebe Style Co. shares her tips for adapting a nursery to toddler room.
They certainly weren’t joking when they said ‘Enjoy it – they grow up so fast!’ It feels like one minute you’re knee-deep in the newborn and baby phase setting up a nursery, with the main focus being finding the perfect nursing chair or ensuring the change table is just the right height. In the blink of an eye, you’ll find yourself ready to update your nursery to suit the needs of a busy and active preschooler.
Crib Conversion vs. Twin
Arguably the single most important piece of furniture for a child’s room is the bed in which they will sleep. If the time has come for your little one to graduate to a ‘big bed’ then here are your options.
Option A – Crib Conversion
Easing into the transition by converting your crib to a toddler bed. It’s definitely worth investigating whether your crib comes with a conversion kit or is available to purchase. The Million Dollar Baby Classic Liberty, and Babyletto Scoot are just a few Tot-tested furniture brands that can easily be converted. This also means that you can hold off buying a new mattress and bedding for that teeny bit longer.
Option B – Twin Bed
You can rip the Band-Aid off, so-to-speak, and move straight into a twin bed. In this instance, you’ll need to weigh up whether a security rail is needed to help keep your child in bed and reduce the risks of falling out. The Oeuf Sparrow Twin Bed is gender neutral with the option to purchase a security rail. Add to cart a nightstand in the same style from the range and you’re almost set!
Nothing quite finishes off a bed than beautiful bedding – and the Snurk Duvet Cover set hits the mark. Your kids will love the theatre of sleeping dressed like a princess or a dinosaur and parents can rest easy knowing that their children are sleeping in the highest quality cotton fabric.
Now that the sleeping arrangements are sorted, it’s time to tackle the other furniture in the room to help free up space – think about repurposing furniture and adapting areas. For example, if you are no longer using your nursing chair, it may be an idea to move the rocker to a different spot in the home and start using it as a reading chair. The Babyletto Toco Swivel Glider and Ottoman work just as well in a nursery as they would next to a bookcase in the living area. As for the change table, if you opted for a removable tray to sit on top of the dresser then good news – it’s simply a matter of adding a few accessories to help fill that space. A night-light, a small storage basket, and a few favored books to display are really all that you need. If you are removing the change table altogether and looking to purchase something new, consider drawers that are toddler friendly. Safety is always important, especially with an independent toddler or preschooler, so I suggest looking into furniture with features like an anti-tip kit and drawer glides, which prevent the drawers from coming out. The Babyletto Hudson 6 drawer dresser has these features, as well as being designed to be easy on little fingers.
Stylist Tip: This is the time to also start culling any décor, toys and accessories that your child has outgrown to bring in new pieces to transform to a junior room aesthetic.
$105 – $150
Medium / Large
Room to Grow
It’s time to start taking out the ‘baby-ish’ décor and furniture in your children’s room and tweaking it to suit their growing style. Animal prints or pastel coloured walls that work so well in a nursery can be substituted with wallpaper, which offers a more grown-up look. The range by Anewall has beautiful murals of Parisian buildings all lined up to a dramatic wall covering of Hawaiian inspired waves crashing.
The same rules apply to furniture – by bringing in pieces that are age appropriate it will help nurture growth and independent play.
And depending on your child’s strengths and likes, this could be a table and chair for puzzles and craft-time, or a Wobbel to promote balance and active play. A favorite piece of mine for a reading area is the Franklin + Emily Chair, a quality piece of furniture designed for ages 3 – 9 years. With any functional area, good storage solutions need to be in place to help manage books, toys and avoid the room being overrun with clutter. The Sprout Luce Shelf is a great open shelving system where your child is able to access their belongings at eye-level and help reinforce independence. Be sure to display some of your child’s favorite wooden toys or musical instruments in amongst some beautiful Lorena Canals woven baskets.
Pre-pasted / Traditional
Wobbel Original – Felt
Available in more colors
Available in more colors
- There are a lot of transitions and milestones your child hits during toddlerhood. One such event that lends itself to increased stress and frustration is what we will be discussing in this article, the transition of your child from the crib to a bed.
- Being able to properly store your tot’s books, toys and clothes can figuratively and literally save your sanity as well as the integrity of your décor. We have 10 incredible kids storage solutions that both parents and kids will love.
The Bebe Style Co. is a nursery, toddler and children’s room interior styling service. Visit www.thebebestyleco.com
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