Nursery Design Essentials

As you welcome your baby into the home, take great care in crafting a space where they will be comfortable and you will find joy in using. If this is your first time designing a nursery space, or you want to brush up on some ideas, here are some essentials to remember.


  1. Crib: The key of a crib is to be safe and comfortable for your baby, and also safe and comfortable for your wallet! These are some of Karl’s key products for the nursery and come in countless shapes and sizes.
  2. Shelving: Keeping the space uncluttered is one of the easiest ways you can improve the vibe of a nursery. Simple wooden shelves can be repurposed as your child grows, and work to house everything from toys to clothes to books.
  3. Ottoman: A functional storage space, these work great in bright colors and washable fabrics. You never know where your baby is going to spit up, so be prepared for any emergency.
  4. Dresser: A quality dresser is an investment into the future if it’s simply designed. Soft-closing drawers and even self-closing drawers can save a lot of hassle in the nursery. If this is a piece you will likely use into the toddler years, be sure to look for rounded edges and other safety features.
  5. Changer: Must-have in a nursery, changers with additional drawer space double as a functional way to store the diaper essentials. Be sure to match it with the dresser and crib to create a seamless look for the room.


  1. Curtains: If your baby’s room is facing the midday sun, that’s not always conducive for a successful naptime! Consider blackout curtains for when you need a little extra darkness, and semi-sheer shades for when you’d like to let in the morning light.
  2. Light Fixtures: Dimmers come in handy in a nursery, for both naptimes and when your baby needs a little extra light, but you don’t want to hurt their young eyes. For a practical purpose, using dim lights can also aid in inducing circadian rhythms to ensure a peaceful sleep.
  3. Rug: A quality throw rug can add decorative value, and are also useful for when your baby starts to crawl around. A soft fabric such as sheepskin is ideal for parent and child playtime.
  4. Art: Spruce up your walls with family photography, painting prints or even a colorful mural. Pay attention to framing that will tie it all together.


  1. Ceiling Pattern: You’ll pay attention to the walls of course, but since your baby will spend a substantial amount of time looking up, don’t overlook the ceiling space. Neutral colors with accents, or a starry night scene can make your ceiling really stand out.
  2. Space Flow: Consider which room features you’ll be using the most, and how easily accessible they are. Simple tips like keeping the trashcan near the changing table are as important to remember as knowing where the sunlight will shine at various parts of the day. Where the windows, closet, and main entranceway are situated are unique to each room, and should be put under utmost consideration when designing the nursery.
  3. Multi-Function: Especially in small nurseries, finding furniture pieces with multiple uses can save a lot of space and money. Storage in side tables or lamps that swing to different positions are just two of many useful items you can find here at Karl’s.

If you’re feeling stuck on ideas, come visit our four-level showroom and become inspired!  With over 80 years in the business, Karl’s has just what you need to create that perfect space for your new bundle of joy.  Call us at (215) 627-2515.