Finding a Dresser for Your Baby’s Room
You're probably going to want something to hold the abundance of new outfits you and your friends and family members have purchased for your little one. A dresser will accomplish this goal, but there are a few things to keep in mind while you're out shopping.
The first thing you will want to consider is size. Dressers come in a myriad of different shapes and sizes, from narrow and tall to short and wide to anywhere in between. Measure out the space you'll have available. Then you'll want to think about the height and number of drawers you want. Not sure? Think about what you want to store in the dresser. Perhaps you want to only put clothes in the drawers or maybe just bibs, hats, and socks, if you have a closet for clothing. Or maybe you are thinking about storing clothing, accessories, and also some other supplies, like wipes and changing pads. It's up to you!
If you don't have a closet for hanging clothing, you might want to look for a dresser that has drawers and a cabinet as well. This can be really helpful if you have items you don't want to get wrinkled, like coats and little dresses.
If you don't have a lot of room for multiple pieces of furniture, you might want to consider a dresser/changing table combo. Basically, the dresser will be around three to four feet high, and the top will have four barriers to keep your baby safe. While the height will be fairly consistent, the width will vary. Check the product specs if you're shopping online, and bring your measuring tape if you're going to the store.
If you decide you really want a dresser, you have no room for a changing table, and you aren't thrilled with any of the dresser/changing table combos, you can also purchase a contour changing pad to place on top of your dresser. Make sure it has a safety strap and that it's waterproof beneath the slipcover, so your new furniture is protected!
Another aspect of dressers that is considerably important is price. Luckily, dresser prices have a very wide range, so you'll be able to find something that fits your budget. For example, you can get a dresser with three drawers from Ikea for around $40.00. Or, you can find a three-drawer dresser at Pottery Barn Kids for around $400.00. And, of course, each store out there has a wide variety of styles, colors, sizes, and prices. Browse online at the many, many options available so you can narrow down the number of stores you'll need to visit in person.
One last piece of advice-you may want to consider how long you're planning on keeping your dresser. Is it something you'll want to keep for years to come; is it something your child will have into his or her teens? Or is it strictly for the baby's nursery and you're planning on replacing it in a couple years? This will help you decide whether to go for something trendy and cute versus something more traditional or neutral.
So, happy hunting for that perfect dresser! Just remember your tape measure, think about your storage needs, and have fun picking out something that not only matches your budget, but also matches your personal style.