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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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Dream On Me
$199.00
at Amazon

The Dream on Me Marcus Changing table and dresser 602, is a handsomely designed piece of juvenile furniture that compliments any n...ursery. This beautifully constructed changing table features a safety rail, changing pad and restraining strap with easy release buckle to secure baby safely in place. The 3 easily accessible, spacious drawers beneath accommodate baby?s wardrobe and essentials for added convenience. All tools for assembly included. PAD 35x18x9 read more

Lolly & Me
$259.99
at Amazon

Lolly and me bailey changing table/dresser, cherry designed to transition as your child grows up, the bailey doubles as a changer ...and elegant dresser. Constructed of high-quality materials, it features extra thick tops with beveled edges and three deep drawers with reinforced bottoms. The stains are applied by hand in three steps for extra durability and color depth. Turned feet complement simple lines and a glossy, cherry finish for a rich, classic look. Rigorously tested to exceed us-safety standards, it comes with foot levelers and anti-tip hardware. When your toddler has outgrown the changer, its changing kit is easily removed to unveil a nightstand or dresser fit for any room in your home. Pair it with the bailey 4-in-1 convertible crib for a traditional, matched set. User-friendly instructions eliminate assembly headaches so even the busiest parents can put it together. All our lolly and me products are created by two moms, dedicated to dressing up today's nursery with affordable style that's fresh, functional and safe. Certifications: JPMA, CPSIA, ASTM; usa-inspected. Construction: solid new Zealand pine, yellow poplar, 5-ply birch and maple veneers, MDF, formaldehyde-free adhesives. 3-step finish: hand-applied, high-gloss stain and clear coat. Removable changer tray fits standard-size changer pad (32" x 16" x 1"). Assembled dimensions: 37" h x 39.5" w x 19.07" d. Care: clean with mild soap and water. Warranty: one year for all manufacturing defects. read more

Dream On Me
$199.00
at Amazon

The Dream on Me Marcus Changing table and dresser 602, is a handsomely designed piece of juvenile furniture that compliments any n...ursery. This beautifully constructed changing table features a safety rail, changing pad and restraining strap with easy release buckle to secure baby safely in place. The 3 easily accessible, spacious drawers beneath accommodate baby?s wardrobe and essentials for added convenience. All tools for assembly included. PAD 35x18x9 read more

Badger Basket
$149.99
at Sears

Badger Basket's attractive and functional Estate Changing Table keeps everything tidy and concealed for a clean look in the nurser...y. Includes one large basket, two medium baskets, and three small open cubbies. Lots of storage for diapers, toiletries, blankets, and toys! The baskets have handles on the front for opening/closing convenience. The baskets are fully removable for use separate from the table, leaving you useful, open storage cubbies/shelves. Large basket has a divider panel in the center (divider secures with hook-and-loop tape). Includes changing pad and safety belt. Changing pad is polyurethane foam covered with wipe clean PEVA (non-PVC) vinyl. Baskets are canvas-type fabric. Baskets fold for storage. Just remove the bottom panel and fold flat. Changing area has safety rails on all four sides. Solid back and side panels keep your items contained. Frame is made with solid wood, MDF, and laminated MDF. Non-toxic painted finish with laminated shelves and side panels. Fabric on the baskets is 80% polyester/20% cotton (removable bottom panel is covered in non-woven fabric). Changing table is for use up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg). Illustrated assembly instructions included. Wipe the table and pad clean with mild soap and a damp cloth when needed; dry thoroughly. Spot clean baskets as needed. Never immerse in water due to the internal paperboard support panels. Actual color/finish may vary slightly from screen display. Actual product features may vary slightly from shown and described. All measurements approximate. Toys and accessories shown with the table are for illustration purposes only and are not included with the product. Meets all current safety and testing standards. Product includes a warranty of 30 Days Parts to the original purchaser. This item ships in its original carton which may include a photo of the product. MEASUREMENTS: Overall dimensions as a changing table: 33.75 inches L x 19.75 inches D x 37-3/8 inches H. Overall dimensions with changing top removed: 33.75 inches L x 19 inches D x 33.5 inches H. Assembled weight: 52.8 pounds. Interior of changing area top: 31-1/8 inches L x 17.75 inches D x 4 inches H. Width of body not including top panel overhang: 32-3/8 inches W. Depth of body not including top panel overhang: 18-3/8 inches D. Height of legs: 4.25 inches H. Large Basket: 30.5 inches W x 17.5 inches D x 8 inches H. Large Cubby: 30.75 inches W x 18 inches D x 8.5 inches H. Medium Basket (each): 15 inches W x 17.5 inches D x 8 inches H. Medium Cubby (each): 15 inches W x 18 inches D x 8.5 inches H. Small Cubby (each): 9.75 inches W x 18 inches D x 8.5 inches H. Overall size of changing pad with PEVA covering: 31.5 inches L x 18.5 inches W x 0.75 inches H. Size of polyurethane foam inside PEVA covering: 30.25 inches L x 17.25 inches W x 0.75 inches H. read more

Badger Basket
$134.99 $149.99
at Sears

Badger Basket's attractive and functional Estate Changing Table keeps everything tidy and concealed for a clean look in the nurser...y. Includes one large basket, two medium baskets, and three small open cubbies. Lots of storage for diapers, toiletries, blankets, and toys! The baskets have handles on the front for opening/closing convenience. The baskets are fully removable for use separate from the table, leaving you useful, open storage cubbies/shelves. Large basket has a divider panel in the center (divider secures with hook-and-loop tape). Includes changing pad and safety belt. Changing pad is polyurethane foam covered with wipe clean PEVA (non-PVC) vinyl. Baskets are canvas-type fabric. Baskets fold for storage. Just remove the bottom panel and fold flat. Changing area has safety rails on all four sides. Solid back and side panels keep your items contained. Frame is made with solid wood, MDF, and laminated MDF. Non-toxic painted finish with laminated shelves and side panels. Fabric on the baskets is 80% polyester/20% cotton (removable bottom panel is covered in non-woven fabric). Changing table is for use up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg). Illustrated assembly instructions included. Wipe the table and pad clean with mild soap and a damp cloth when needed; dry thoroughly. Spot clean baskets as needed. Never immerse in water due to the internal paperboard support panels. Actual color/finish may vary slightly from screen display. Actual product features may vary slightly from shown and described. All measurements approximate. Toys and accessories shown with the table are for illustration purposes only and are not included with the product. Meets all current safety and testing standards. Product includes a warranty of 30 Days Parts to the original purchaser. This item ships in its original carton which may include a photo of the product. MEASUREMENTS: Overall dimensions as a changing table: 33.75 inches L x 19.75 inches D x 37-3/8 inches H. Overall dimensions with changing top removed: 33.75 inches L x 19 inches D x 33.5 inches H. Assembled weight: 52.8 pounds. Interior of changing area top: 31-1/8 inches L x 17.75 inches D x 4 inches H. Width of body not including top panel overhang: 32-3/8 inches W. Depth of body not including top panel overhang: 18-3/8 inches D. Height of legs: 4.25 inches H. Large Basket: 30.5 inches W x 17.5 inches D x 8 inches H. Large Cubby: 30.75 inches W x 18 inches D x 8.5 inches H. Medium Basket (each): 15 inches W x 17.5 inches D x 8 inches H. Medium Cubby (each): 15 inches W x 18 inches D x 8.5 inches H. Small Cubby (each): 9.75 inches W x 18 inches D x 8.5 inches H. Overall size of changing pad with PEVA covering: 31.5 inches L x 18.5 inches W x 0.75 inches H. Size of polyurethane foam inside PEVA covering: 30.25 inches L x 17.25 inches W x 0.75 inches H. read more

Serta
$17.99
at Amazon

The Serta Perfect Sleeper Changing Pad Cover is made soft plush fabric for extra comfort. It is machine washable and fits standard... changing pads measuring 16" x 32". read more

Dream On Me
$178.72
at Amazon

Dream On Me, Full Size 2 in 1 Crib and Changing Table Combo 678, is a crib designed for the utmost in convenience. The crib grows... with your child, featuring a 3 level mattress support system and transforms into a toddler day bed when your little one has outgrown the crib.  Featuring a non-toxic finish, teething rails and stationary rail design (non-drop side) this crib is a sturdy, safe and a desirable choice for any nursery. For added convenience and value, the attached changing table comes complete with changing pad, security strap and two storage selves underneath to store all your baby's essentials in an easy to reach location. Both the crib and toddler day bed accommodates a standard size Dream On Me mattress, sold separately.  All tools for assembly included.  Meets all applicable ASTM and CPSC standards. read more

Dream On Me
$119.99
at Amazon

Dream On Me, Full Size 2 in 1 Crib and Changing Table Combo 678, is a crib designed for the utmost in convenience. The crib grows... with your child, featuring a 3 level mattress support system and transforms into a toddler day bed when your little one has outgrown the crib.  Featuring a non-toxic finish, teething rails and stationary rail design (non-drop side) this crib is a sturdy, safe and a desirable choice for any nursery. For added convenience and value, the attached changing table comes complete with changing pad, security strap and two storage selves underneath to store all your baby's essentials in an easy to reach location. Both the crib and toddler day bed accommodates a standard size Dream On Me mattress, sold separately.  All tools for assembly included.  Meets all applicable ASTM and CPSC standards. 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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Child Craft
$199.99
at Target

Find Cribs at Target.com! The versatile design of this crib fits any décor. Sides are completely stationary. It converts easily in...to a toddler bed with the removal of the front side assembly. Optional Toddler Guard Rail (F09534) offers extra security... read more

Child Craft
$199.99 $219.99
at Target

Find Cribs at Target.com! The Childcraft Shoal Creek London Euro style crib has removable front side assembly for easy conversion ...into a toddler bed as your child grows. (Guard rails for this transition phase sold separately.) Its simple straight lines... read more

Babyletto

Babyletto Modo 3-Drawer Changer Dresser A changing table on top and a dresser just below, the modern Modo 3 Drawer Changer Dresser... is a space-saving nursery necessity. Smart and stylish, the sleek design of the Modo 3 Drawer Changer Dresser provides ample drawer storage space. Up top, the changing tray's raised sides help keep baby safe. Once baby has grown out of using the changer it can be removed to leave a chic dresser. The drawers smoothly and gently slide open thanks to metal glide hardware. Stop mechanisms on the drawers keep baby safe by ensuring drawers can't be pulled all the way out. The changer dresser also includes an anti-tip kit is included to further enhance safety by attaching the dresser to the wall. The Modo 3 Drawer Changer Dresser matches the modern Harlow, Modo and Mercer convertible cribs, and the portable Grayson Mini Crib. Features: 3 Drawers with metal glides and stop mechanismsLead and Phthalate Safe with non-toxic finishMade with sustainable New Zealand pine wood and Carb II Compliant MDF;Hidden Hardware ConstructionAnti-Tip Kit IncludedRemovable Changing Tray Included [Tray (interior): 31.125 x 16.25 x 1.5],Changer Pad Not Included (pairs with M5319)1 Year WarrantyPairs with Babyletto Modo, Mercer, and Hudson Acrylic CribsAssembled Dimensions: 33.50L x 19.13W x 35.75HAssembled Weight: 82 lbs. read more

Breathable Baby

BreathableBaby Breathable Mesh Crib Liner. Safer alternative to traditional crib bumpers. BreathableBaby offers a design alternati...ve to traditional bumpers, which are thick, plush or pillowy and less breathable. No more worries. The award-winning Breathable Mesh Crib Liner helps prevent suffocation, re-breathing carbon dioxide, and getting arms and legs stuck in crib slats. The simple, stylish design will coordinate with any nursery decor. Made with Suffocation Prevention Technology fabric, this liner promotes airflow and helps maintain air access for baby. The infant-facing side is made with breathable, hypoallergenic mesh. Package includes one short and one long panel to provide coverage with no gaps between crib slats. The long and short panels wrap snuggly to the slats with adjustable easy-to-use hook-and-loop fasteners that face outward away from baby. Secure the center ties on the center back and front long crib rail sides to help prevent sagging. Tuck below the mattress for extra protection from limbs sticking out. The liner's easy-to-wrap design fits all standard slatted, convertible, solid-back, sleigh style, oval and solid-end cribs. For other BreathableBaby crib products try the portable/cradle Breathable Mesh Crib Liner and CribShield Full Coverage Mesh Liner; when baby is active in crib. All products are evaluated and recommended by pediatricians. The liner is 11 inches high with 1 inch satin trim. Length of Long panel is 113 inches and short panel is 84 inches. The liner is machine washable and fast drying for easy cleaning. Patented. Winner 2008 Parent Tested Parent Approved Best Product Award. Winner 2008 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Winner 2004 iParenting Media Hot Product Award. Winner 2004 iParenting Media Excellent Product Award. read more

Babyletto

Babyletto Origami Mini Crib- Grey Meet Origami Mini, the portable mini crib designed for modern families. Perfect for urban living... or alternative care spaces, the Origami Mini's petite footprint and rolling feet allow for easy movement throughout the home. With folding mechanism for storage, the all-wood slat construction of the Origami Mini is both durable and lightweight. Available in white, grey, and lagoon. Features: Collapsible for easy storage and transport Two adjustable mattress levels; Solid mattress support Meets ASTM International and U.S. CPSC Safety Standards Made with sustainable New Zealand pine wood and Carb II Compliant MDF; Lead and phthalate safe non-toxic finish Includes 1 mattress pad; Four locking casters; 1 Year Warranty Assembled Dimensions: 38.63L x 25.38W x 36H/Assembled Weight: 44 lbs. read more

The Land of Nod

Cribs: Walnut Andersen Crib - Tan - We can't guarantee all additions to your nursery will be as unfussy as our Andersen Crib, but ...we can promise its clean lines and modest profile will work in any nursery setting. Plus, the solid American Walnut construction gives it a rich, mid-tone hue. The solid, hand-crafted construction makes it one of the most durable cribs around. Made in the USA by a family of furniture makers who've been at it for over 35 years. *Safety Features* - Meets or exceeds all U.S. government safety, ASTM and CPSC standards - For Toddler Bed use, the minimum age should be no less than 15 mos. and the maximum weight should not be greater than 50 lbs.Click to see our CPSC Conformity Certification *Materials* - Solid American walnut *Product Details* - Made in the USA by El Greco Woodworking Inc. exclusively for The Land of Nod - Features three adjustable mattress heights: 16.75, 21.5 or 26.25h measured from floor to top of a 6 mattress - Floor to top of side rail measures 37.25h - Square posts with rounded spindles - Simple assembly required *Color Options* - Solid American Walnut - Click here to order Complimentary Swatches *Additional Features* - Easily converts to toddler bed with optional conversion kit - Don't forget to add a crib mattress read more

The Land of Nod

Cribs: White Carousel Crib - White - With a sturdy, solid wood construction and streamlined design, our Carousel Crib runs circles... around the rest. Its low profile design and adjustable mattress height make it easy and safe to get baby in and out. The coordinating toddler rail lets it convert to a toddler bed and grow with your little one. And it's available in a variety of colors, so you can complement the rest of your nursery. *Safety Features* - Meets or exceeds all U.S. government safety, ASTM and CPSC standards - For Toddler Bed use, the minimum age should be no less than 15 mos. and the maximum weight should not be greater than 50 lbs. *Product Details* - Features three adjustable mattress heights:16.25, 12.5 and 8.625 - Floor to top of side rail measures 35h - Solid poplar mattress platform - Low profile design for easier access - Simple assembly required - Imported *Materials* - Solid poplar - For complimentary samples, please email customerservice@landofnod.com *Additional Features* - Easily converts to toddler bed with optional toddler rail read more

The Land of Nod

Cribs: White Jenny Lind Crib - White - Featuring dozens of wood turnings, our Brimfield Crib is ideal for adding some vintage-insp...ired grandeur to your nursery. Its striking design can be styled traditionally or modernly, so it stands out or blends in with the rest of your decor. Plus, it's made from solid poplar, making it an instant heirloom piece. *Safety Features* - Meets or exceeds all U.S. government safety, ASTM and CPSC standards - For Toddler Bed use, the minimum age should be no less than 15 mos. and the maximum weight should not be greater than 50 lbs. *Product Details* - Vintage-inspired design - Features three adjustable mattress heights: 11.625, 18 and 20.375 - Floor to top of side rail measures 39 - Simple assembly required *Materials* - Solid poplar - Steel mattress support - For complimentary samples, please email customerservice@landofnod.com *Additional Features* - Easily converts to toddler bed with optional Toddler Rail 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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Trend Lab
$17.49
at Amazon

PQ-TB W Features: -White.-Waffle pique.-Decorative ties allow you to hang bag from crib.-Stores toys and stuffed animals.-Availabl...e separately in Pink, Blue, Yellow, Black and Sage Green gingham seersucker. read more

Picci USA
$75.00
at Amazon

Picci Infant Crib Bedding is hand sewn in Florence, Italy, the Rose collection is hand sewn with 100% Italian cotton in pink check..., pink stripe and an elegant pink rose floral. This elegant collection offers a sophisticated Italian styling with pink satin ribbon trim that will add luxury and comfort to your little girl's nursery. The toy bag attaches to the crib with hand ties and is the sweetest way to conveniently keep all your baby daughter's important toys close. The beautifully detailed Toy Bag attaches easily to any crib with ties its made from 100% cotton piquet and can be washed to keep it looking new. read more

P'kolino

Find Storage Furniture at Target.com! Hide toys in this cute P'kolino Toy Trunk in Pink. This storage bin in pink is cute and sill...y and works great in kids' rooms. Your kids will have fun putting their toys away and watching this monster gobble them up. Who said clean up couldn't be fun? Storage bins help organize your space without sacrificing style. Color: Pink. Gender: Unisex. read more

Jetmax
$104.95 $149.95
at Go-Organize.com

"Flip top with corkboard for memos, Portable storage tray, Espresso finish, Assembles quickly and easy to clean, Material conform ...to CARB regulation" read more

Gift Mark
$152.99 $169.99
at Sears

The Gift mark Deacon Bench Toy & Storage Chest is Beautifully detailed with a Spindle Back. This beautiful Piece can Also Function... as a Bench Seat, in any Room. This Multi-functional Solid Wood Deacon Bench Toy and Storage Box will add an element of sophistication to any Room. This Deacon Bench Toy and Storage Box can Later be used as a Storage Center, for Clothing and/or Linens. The Top lid has been designed with Special Safety Hinges to support the Lid, to Prevent accidental closures onto little Fingers. We have Designed the Front with Safety-Finger Cut-outs to protect little fingers from getting Pinched. Comes complete with all Tools for Assembly. Comes with Casters to make it easy to move read more

Gift Mark
$152.99 $169.99
at Sears

The Gift mark Deccan Bench Toy & Storage Chest is Beautifully detailed with a Spindle Back. This beautiful Piece can Also Function...s as a Bench Seat, in any Room. This Multi-functional Solid Wood Deccan Bench Toy and Storage Box will add an element of sophistication to any Room. This Deccan Bench Toy and Storage Box can Later be used as a Storage Center, for Clothing and/or Linens. The Top lid has been designed with Special Safety Hinges to support the Lid, to Prevent accidental closures onto little Fingers. We have Designed the Front with Safety-Finger Cut-outs to protect little fingers from getting Pinched. Comes complete with all Tools for Assembly. Comes with Casters to make it easy to Move. Easy to Assemble. 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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