A Guide To Repurposing The Nursery As Your Child Grows


As a parent, you pour your heart into creating the perfect nursery, a space designed to nurture and delight your newborn. From the meticulously chosen cot to the carefully put-together decor, every element is lovingly curated to provide a soothing, stimulating environment for your baby's precious early years. But the reality is that your baby will outgrow these nursery confines, and maybe quickly too. Before you know it, your little baby is a vibrant toddler, their interests and needs rapidly evolving. It is at this stage that you must repurpose the nursery, transforming it into a space that grows alongside your child, fostering their development and reflecting their blossoming individuality.


Gradual Transitioning

A complete overhaul from nursery to big kid room can be overwhelming for a young child accustomed to the familiarity of their surroundings. This is why a gradual, phased approach is the best approach. By introducing new elements gradually while retaining beloved fixtures, you create a sense of continuity that eases the transition and minimises disruption to your child's routine and emotional well-being. We will walk you through this phased transitioning approach, providing you with practical assistance to repurpose your child’s nursery.


Phase 1: From Cot to Bed

Around ages 2-3, most children are ready to bid farewell to their cots. You can either convert their cot into a bed (if it is convertible) or use a children’s bed. Positioned lower to the ground, children’s beds provide a gentle transition while maintaining a cosy, secure feeling reminiscent of the cot. To ease the adjustment further, retain familiar elements like beloved bedding or stuffed animals. Involve your child in the process by letting them pick out new sheets or a special pillowcase. This should create a sense of ownership to make the change feel more exciting.


The Baby Cot Shop stocks only the highest quality luxury children's beds that will stand the test of time, and anything that is thrown at it (which with kids, is quite a lot!). From single beds to bunk beds, mid-sleepers to high-sleepers, there is a design style to suit every child. Repurpose your child’s space with bedding that seamlessly eases your child into a new phase by combining style with safety and functionality. Make your pick from our collection of children’s beds here.




Phase 2: Reclaim Floor Space

With the change in bedding and the removal of clutter, you may find yourself with a wealth of open floor space. This is the perfect opportunity to carve out dedicated zones tailored to your child's evolving interests and developmental needs.

You could create a reading space or establish an arts and crafts station with a child-sized table and chairs, along with ample storage for supplies to nurture their creativity and fine motor skills. You could also leave room for imaginative play by designating a spacious area for puzzles, building blocks, and their ever-growing collection of toys. Invest in a sturdy play mat or area rug to define this zone while providing a comfortable surface for your child.


Made from select solid wood and the chairs upholstered in fine fabric, the Notte Fatata Table and Chairs Set is ideal for setting up either a reading or arts area for your child as you repurpose the nursery. It is highly recommended, as it is handcrafted by artisans backed by over 60 years of craftmanship, and the varnish is safe and non-toxic.



Phase 3: Storage Solutions

As your child's interests and possessions multiply, adequate storage solutions become paramount for maintaining an organised, clutter-free space. Invest in versatile, age-appropriate storage options that not only keep things tidy but encourage independence and a sense of ownership in your child.

Low-to-the-ground bookcases and open cubbies make it easy for little hands to access and put away their belongings. Sturdy toy chests or rolling bins with lids are perfect for containing the constant influx of new playthings.

But the true key to long-term organisation? Labelling! Use clear labels with pictures or simple words to help your child identify where items belong. In doing so, you nurure early literacy and responsibility while promoting tidiness. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.


Speaking of bookcases, we recommend the Notte Fatata Bookcase by Savio Firmino. The Notte Fatata bookshelf-armoire is constructed from durable beechwood and finished with non-toxic, water-based paint.




Phase 4: Decor

Now for the fun part. Infuse your child's now-blossoming personality and interests into their space! Engage them in the decision-making process. Allow them to choose favorite colours, themes, or even characters to incorporate. Coordinate bedding, curtains, and accent pieces like throw pillows or rugs to reinforce the chosen theme.

But don't stop there. Get crafty. Involve your child in simple DIY projects like painting a headboard, decorating canvas wall hangings, or personalising storage bins. They’ll be creating cherished mementos that way.


Phase 5: Functionally Flexible Furniture  

As you should know, just when you think you have things figured out, your child's needs and interests could shift again. This is why repurposing the space with flexibility and adaptability in mind is crucial.

Invest in modular furniture pieces that can be reconfigured as your child grows, such as stackable shelving units or nesting tables that can transition from play surfaces to desks. Movable partitions and curtains allow you to easily redefine zones within the room.


Safety: The Non-Negotiable Priority

Throughout this transition process, safety should remain the top priority. You want to create an environment that fosters exploration and independence while minimising potential hazards to the barest minimum.

Anchor all furniture pieces securely to the wall to prevent tipping accidents. Install tamper-resistant outlet covers or use furniture that conceals electrical outlets. Ensure windows are properly secured and choose cordless window treatments to eliminate strangulation risks. Eliminate any small objects, sharp edges, or potentially toxic materials that could pose a danger. Consider investing in safety gates if necessary to restrict access to certain areas until your child is old enough to understand boundaries. Read more about how to create a safe environment for your child here.




Beyond creating a visually appealing, functional space, the true joy of repurposing the nursery is in empowering your child with a sense of independence and ownership over their personal domain. Repurposing the nursery is emotional stuff, one that will tug at your heartstrings. It is a delicate balance of cherishing memories and embracing change, of holding on while also letting go. But this transition provides an opportunity to create a space that not only accommodates your child's physical growth but nurtures their cognitive, emotional, and social development. With thoughtful planning, creativity, and a willingness to adapt, you can make it happen.



P.S. While repurposing your child’s nursery is fun, it can be confusing too. But, you don’t have to go it alone. The Baby Cot Shop’s interior design service can help you transition your child’s room to suit their evolving needs perfectly. What’s more? Our curation of child-room pieces are of the highest quality, and ensure that your child is raised surrounded by the most durable, functional pieces there are. You can visit our showroom at 408 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ to shop or consult with our experts one-on-one. And you can have access to these services from wherever you are in the world through our personal shopping and concierge platforms. We’re expecting you.

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