Setting up and decorating the nursery is one of the best times for new parents. It's a collaboration of love and a process to fill it with new things you love and old things you treasure. Everyone has an opinion - no changing table, definitely a changing table...but a threshold issue sometimes is ignored. Where in the house is the right spot for the nursery? Charles and Hudson has a write-up on some factors to consider and we weigh in with our own below the jump.
* Space: is there enough square footage for a crib, dresser, rocker/glider? Is there a closet for clothing? Do you want the room to function as a play area as well?
* Noise/smells: are there areas of your home that are louder than others because of shared walls, proximity to other rooms? Is it close to the kitchen where food smells are likely to waft?
* Temperature/Light: are some areas of your house colder or hotter than others? Is there natural light or too much light?
* Electric: are there enough outlets in the room?
Of course at the end of day, most of us have limited space and are lucky to have more than one area to consider for setting up the nursery. And you'll win on some of the factors but lose on others. For us, both of our nurseries are located in the back of the house along a shared wall with our quieter neighbor. The back of the house faces the alley which is quieter than the street in the front. One room has no closet so clothing spills over into our armoire. There is not a lot of natural light in one of the rooms and we had an electrician come to hardwire overheading pendant lights and install outlets and switches for both. Both rooms are comfortable in the winter and summer with no temperature extremes. Both rooms are tight on space!
You can read the full Charles & Hudson piece here. Do Ohdeedoh readers have any other tips for readers?
(pic via Conor Keller)