Nursery Furniture Buying Guide

Whether you are setting up a dedicated nursery space or just want a comfortable spot for the grandbaby to visit, it can take a lot of decision-making to arrive at the perfect pieces for your little bundle of joy. Here we'll discuss changing tables, cribs, and toy chests, as well as some other helpful pieces you might want to consider. Changing tables and cribs are addressed separately in their own buying guides.

Types of Nursery Furniture

Types of Nursery Furniture

The three main types of nursery furniture are changing tables, cribs, and toy chests. Here's what you need to know about these basic pieces.

Changing Tables

For a chore that occurs frequently and takes up a good bit of time—at least initially—in your life with your child, there is a changing table to meet every need. These furniture pieces incorporate a pad to rest the baby on, as well as storage for diapers, wipes, and various ointments. Some changing tables are basic wood frames with open, accessible shelves. Others are more elaborate dressers with open as well as closed storage, elegant furniture details, and thoughtful features. Some look like dressers and have removable pads so they can convert to standard storage as your child matures.

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$129.00

Take a regular old dresser. Add our changing table topper and pad. Presto change-o. You now have a clean, classic changing table. ...Safety first • Changing table topper intended for children under 30 lbs. • Includes hardware to secure to a dresser • Top attaches to back of dresser • Designed to be used with only our Simmons Contour Pad or Simmons Organic Contour Pad sold separately Details, details • Felt lined bottom won't scratch dresser surface • Fits all of our short dressers and can be positioned anywhere across top surface of our wide dressers excludes the Monarch Dresser • Contour Pad not included • Espresso and White tops made in Vietnam • Pad made in the USA of domestic and imported materials • More colors available Show 'em what you're made of • Solid alder frame with alder veneer over low emission engineered wood bottom Stained Espresso • Solid poplar frame with low emission engineered wood bottom Painted White • Click here to order Complimentary Swatches Extras! Extras! • Add one of our Quilted Changer Pad Covers, offered in a variety of colors and patterns read more

$129.00

Featuring the beautiful wood grain of solid walnut, our Taylor Wooden Changing Table Topper is the perfect piece to convert a dres...ser into a changing table. While it's designed to match our Taylor dressers, it can be paired with a dresser you already own as well. The changing table topper is even lined with felt to protect the surface of your dresser. Changing pad sold separately. Safety first • Includes Tip Restraint Kit for securing dresser to your wall to prevent tipping • Changing table topper intended for children under 30 lbs. • Includes hardware to secure to dresser • Designed to be used with only our Simmons Contour Pad or Simmons Organic Contour Pad sold separately Details, details • Nod exclusive • A Bill Eastburn design • Beautiful walnut grain makes this piece stand out on its own • Coordinates with Taylor collection • Changing Table Topper is felt lined so it won't scratch dresser surface • Made in Vietnam • For complimentary swatches, please email customerservice@landofnod.com Show 'em what you're made of • Solid walnut Extras, extras • Coordinates with our Andersen walnut crib read more

Stokke
$539.00

Stokke® Care™ is a changing table that makes diaper changes enjoyable and intimate. The changing table raises your baby higher, en...couraging eye-contact. Space underneath provides room for your feet, allowing you to stand closer for better reach. Best of all, Stokke® Care™ has been designed so that your baby can lie facing you rather than sideways. This allows you to face your baby for play and interaction while making diaper changes far easier. Parent-facing changing position. Height adjustable top level, providing two different working levels. (Level 1 in: 38?. Level 2 in: 34? Space underneath provides room to stand closer to baby. High side bars prevent rolling off the table. Practical storage solutions with side trays, horizontal bars and shelf baskets. Easy-to-clean, anti-slip changing mat (height 1.2?). Made from durable solid beech wood. Long lasting - grows with the child from changing table to desk. Changing table can easily be modified into shelving unit and small desk. Specifications: Product weight: 52 lbs Product dimensions: 29.5 x 42 x 26.4 Maximum child weight: 33 lbs Materials: Side-sections/stretchers/rods: Solid Beech Wood, Curved elements: Beech Laminate, Plates: Beech Plywood read more

Babykidsbargains
$90.72

This all time classic Jenny Lind Changing Table allows any parent to change their baby with comfort and ease. Featuring a 1 inch c...hanging pad keeping baby happy and comfortable and safety rail that surrounds your baby with security so they don't roll off the table . The open design featuring two shelves to keep all your baby's essentials close and convenient. With a great traditional design this changing table fits perfectly into any decor. read more

Babykidsbargains
$90.72

This all time classic Jenny Lind Changing Table allows any parent to change their baby with comfort and ease. Featuring a 1 inch c...hanging pad keeping baby happy and comfortable and safety rail that surrounds your baby with security so they don't roll off the table . The open design featuring two shelves to keep all your baby's essentials close and convenient. With a great traditional design this changing table fits perfectly into any decor. read more

Athena
$127.28 $106.58

The Nadia baby changing table is made of solid wood with a beautiful non toxic finish. The simple yet strong construction is desig...ned with safety in mind. Safety strap and 1" pad included. read more

Baby Cache
$99.99

Make changing time a breeze with this Baby Cache Greenwich Changing Table Topper. Easily transform the top of your Baby Cache Gree...nwich 6 drawer dresser into a changing table. When your child grows out of diapers simply remove the topper and you have a complete dresser, once again. Heritage Baby Products is dedicated to providing superior quality children's furniture at an affordable price. This philosophy is the inspiration behind the company's "Heritage" name, building a company that will be around for generations to come. We strive consistently to meet or exceed our customers' expectations, We have received acclaim for our quality, styling and customer service. read more

$369.00

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Except when it comes to diapers. Thank goodness. Our classic changing table w...orks in any nursery setting. Once you've done the dirty work, just remove the top tray and the changing table becomes a clever storage piece. Safety first • Changing table topper intended for children under 30 lbs. • Designed to be used with only our Simmons Contour Pad or Simmons Organic Contour Pad sold separately • Removable changing table topper is not to be used without changing table Details, details • Removable top has a removable felt lined underside and fits snuggly over the top shelf • Handy pullout side tray can be positioned on either side to keep wipes and creams at your fingertips • Two large open shelves 33w x 16d x 11h each feature slight edge to keep baskets and other items in place • Changing table converts to a useful storage piece once your baby is out of diapers by easily removing changing table topper • Contour Pad not included • Assembly required • Made in Vietnam • Pads made in the USA of domestic and imported materials • More colors available Show 'em what you're made of • Solid Rubberwood with low emission engineered wood • For complimentary swatches, please email customerservice@landofnod.com Extras! Extras! • Coordinates with our Greyscale Nursery Storage Baskets fits two small baskets and one large basket or four small baskets • Add a Quilted Changing Pad Cover available in a variety of different patterns read more

Cribs

You may choose a cradle, co-sleeper, or bassinet for a young infant, but eventually you'll need a sleeping spot that can keep the child safe and contained as she ages. A crib with a mattress and high rails will do that. Because the safety requirements and standards update frequently, don't be tempted to use a vintage or hand-me-down crib. It's best to shop for a new crib from a reputable retailer that has the approval seal of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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OffSpring
$82.47 $82.25

Drawer box fully finished and clear coated eliminating tears and snags on clothing English dovetail drawer construction Full exten...sion roller drawer glides No MDF or particle board Handmade in North America read more

Ubabub
$2300.00

The pod crib is a cozy cocoon-shaped crib with smooth, rounded edges for a distinct modern look. Innovative clear acrylic sides wi...th star-shaped cutouts allow for an unimpeded view inside the crib, making checking on baby simple. Plus, it's easy to assemble, clean and maintain. The pod crib also includes a custom-fitted mattress, toddler bed conversion kit and features two adjustable mattress positions. read more

OffSpring
$358.35 $358.13

Drawer box fully finished and clear coated eliminating tears and snags on clothing English dovetail drawer construction Full exten...sion roller drawer glides No MDF or particle board Handmade in North America read more

Sorelle
$179.99

Katherine 4 in 1 crib with toddler rail, simple lines to work in any nursery. Comes with a toddler rail. Converts to toddler rail,... day bed and full size bed. read more

bkb
$306.90 $306.36

Whether you're traveling with baby or making a guest room for a tiny visitor, our Portable Crib is the perfect place for baby to s...leep. Lightweight, easy to fold and compact, this crib is suitable for every room size, even mom's and dad's. read more

Dream On Me
$26.99

The Dream On Me Animal Kingdom Crib Bumper is an adorable accessory made to fasten to the inside of most cribs. The Bumper provide...s a safe padding between your baby and the crib. Made of a polyester and cotton blend, this product's fabric is soft and durable. This design coordinates with the Dream On Me Animal Kingdom 2 Pc Set to complete the ensemble. The Dream On Me Animal Kingdom Crib Bumper is machine washable. read more

OffSpring
$359.00

Drawer box fully finished and clear coated eliminating tears and snags on clothing English dovetail drawer construction Full exten...sion roller drawer glides No MDF or particle board Handmade in North America read more

OffSpring
$72.30

Drawer box fully finished and clear coated eliminating tears and snags on clothing English dovetail drawer construction Full exten...sion roller drawer glides No MDF or particle board Handmade in North America read more

Toy Chests

To keep the toys corralled, it's helpful to have a chest in the room. These are typically large boxes with hinged lids. The lids may or may not be padded. Often the piece is decorated in a whimsical, colorful style.

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Etsy - CountryBarnBabe
$70.00

This is a beautiful and large wooden chest, excellent quality! Awesome for a keepsake chest or kids/babies toy or memory chest. Ki...ds also LOVE to use as a Treasure Chest. The laser engraving on the front can be customized to your childs name or whatever youd like. Also includes top lid engraving. If you would like something other than what is pictured to be engraved, just leave the details in the order notes at checkout for me! Additional fonts and stain colors are available. Pictured in Classic Grey finish. This chest is lockable and DOES include a matching mini padlock! The box pictured measures: 10 wide x 8 deep x 8 tall and made from Pine. Additional sizes are available: Large 12 x 10 x 10 Extra large: 17 wide x 14 deep x 13. This extra large size, if selected, may required additional shipping charges if you are an international customer. Thanks for visiting! See more at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CountryBarnBabe?refsishop read more

Etsy - AWWoodDesign
$295.00

The toy chest has long captured the imagination of generations because it holds within its pine boards the ability to transform li...ttle girls into princessesand little boys into super heroes. Weve taken this classic piece of childrensstorage and built it with nostalgic glory with real pine wood, silver hardware, and a personal touch. This particular wooden toy chest is adorned with a traditional white and cotton candy pink color scheme but you may customize your girls toy box (or boys toy box) with a variety of paints or wood stains. The purchase of this listing is for one personalized toy chest with the following specification and options: Style: Princess Toy Chest Colors: White and pink (pictured above) Measurements: 30.5 inches wide x17.75 inches high x 15.75 inches deep Materials: Pine wood, silver soft close support hinges, and premium wood paint Variations: Custom colors or stains available upon request Please note that due to the handmade nature of this toy chest, our current PRODUCTION time is 56 weeks. This timeframe does not include the time it takes for shipping the item. Please indicate your childs name and any variations you would like in the Notes to Seller portion of your order. Each of these wooden toy chests will be lovingly handmade to your specifications and features real pine wood so there will be slight variations in color, texture, and wood grain display. If you would like to continue to shop for more unique items, you may return to the AW Wood Design home page by clicking the following link: etsy.com/shop/awwooddesign read more

$24.99

Large enough to hold whatever you throw in it, the 3 Sprouts Toy Chest in Poodle provides your little one with a spacious place to... store their toys. The toy chest features an adorable purple poodle applique, perfect for your little girl's room. read more

$129.99

Bring the beauty of the natural world into your child's bedroom or play area with this adorable and colorful toy chest featuring a... happy frog and friends. read more

$24.99

The 3 Sprouts Toy Chest in Elephant provides your little one with a place to store all of their toys. The spacious toy chest featu...res an adorable elephant felt applique, perfect to coordinate with a jungle-themed room. read more

$24.99

The 3 Sprouts Toy Chest in Crocodile provides your little one with a place to store all of their toys. The spacious toy chest feat...ures an adorable croc felt applique, perfect to coordinate with a jungle-themed room. read more

$24.99

The 3 Sprouts Toy Chest in Leopard provides your little one with a place to store all of their toys. The spacious toy chest featur...es an adorable orange leopard felt applique, perfect to coordinate with a jungle themed room. read more

$24.99

With an adorable blue polka dot whale applique, the 3 Sprouts Toy Chest in Whale is perfect for your little one's room. Large enou...gh to hold whatever you throw in it, the toy chest provides your little one with a spacious place to store their toys. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you shop, keep these things in mind.

Changing Tables

The size of your nursery is a big factor in shopping for and using a changing table. In tight spaces, you might want a dresser and changing table combination piece, or a simple wall-mount changing station. Or if you have plenty of space, you might want a dedicated changing table separate from clothing storage. Next, consider your storage preferences. You'll have to keep diapers, wipes, ointments, and additional clothing on or near the piece. Do you want to store large supplies here, or will you keep just a few diapers at a time? Are there any medical supplies or equipment you'll need to have handy? If so, you may want additional surface area on the top of the changing table.

Cribs

After safety and accreditation, style is a big factor when choosing a crib. Wood tones tend to look more masculine and white looks more feminine, but the bedding makes all the difference. Some cribs convert to toddler beds, which can be a nice transition from a crib to a big bed for some children. Whatever style you buy, be sure to register the crib with the manufacturer so you can be apprised of any safety updates or concerns.

Toy Chests

All toy chests for children's rooms should have safety hinges, which prevent the lid from closing on a child's fingers.

Helpful Extras

Other furniture pieces that are common in a nursery include a glider or rocker, a bookshelf, a straightforward dresser that is not a diapering spot, and an armoire.

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