Dresser in the Nursery – Essential for Organization

A dresser is a dresser is a dresser, right? Wrong. A dresser is a key piece to keeping your nursery organized (which is a key piece to keeping your sanity as a new parent).

Why You Need a Dresser in the Nursery

The only reason for needing a dresser in the nursery is obviously organization. The items you need for your baby are mostly small and there are a lot of them. Having a place to keep these things organized is essential. With a new baby you parents are going to be exhausted and sometimes frazzled. Having an organized nursery so you can find and get to everything you need quickly and efficiently can at least help cut down on the frazzled feeling. Let’s take a look at some different types of dressers and how they could fit into your nursery.

 

Short and Long or Tall and Skinny

Traditional dressers come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. There are many beautiful and functional traditional dressers that would look great in your baby’s nursery. How do you choose? It is most important to decide what functions you want your dresser to have apart from storage. In a nursery a dresser can provide other uses and other space-saving measures you should consider before buying.

I’m going to start with dressers that are tall and skinny. These dressers can be a good idea for nurseries that are on the smaller side as they take up less floor space. They provide smaller drawers but make up for the space with more drawers. Smaller drawers can make organizing more efficient too by having different types of items organized in each drawer with like items and having enough drawers to narrow those categories.

This type of dresser is too tall to also function as a changing table if you plan to use the dresser for more that just storage. However, by not using the top as a changing table it allows you to have a place for accessories that don’t hang on the wall such as a cute lamp or a piggy bank that matches their room.

  • If tall and skinny is the kind of dresser you want in your nursery I would recommend the Sauder Storybook 4 Drawer Dresser. It is affordable (because who wants to blow their nursery budget on a dresser) and it has plenty of room to grow with them.

Sauder Storybook 4 Drawer Dresser

 Buyer Rating: 4.2 stars

Cheapest Place to Buy: Walmart.com ($99.99)

Available Colors: Jamocha Wood / White

Product Info: Product Weight- 97 lbs. / Product Dimensions- 29.25″ W X 16.25″ D X 42.125″ H

Pros

  • affordable
  • sturdy
  • spacious drawers
  • cute design for a nursery

Cons

  • reviews stated assembly can be difficult and time-consuming

This is the dresser I personally use for all of my children. These dressers are very sturdy even after taking a beating. I have moved with the dressers twice and my kids have drawn on them countless times. After all that they are still sturdy and don’t have a scratch on them (even after wash downs). I don’t remember the assembly being difficult but it was time-consuming. Many reviews stated the drawers were uneven, however, they can be adjusted easily by adjusting the roller bar on the side of the drawer. There is space in the metal hole on the roller bar to do this easily.

Now if you have the room available in your nursery a short and long dresser may have a little more functionality for you. You can have nursery accessories on top or buy a temporary changing table conversion kit for the top and create a changing table that can later be removed.

If you choose to get a changing table topper you need to make sure the dresser you choose is a minimum or 18″ deep or most toppers will be too big for the top of the dresser.

A highly rated choice for this type of dresser is the Delta Children 6 Drawer Double Dresser.

Delta Children Universal 6 Drawer Dresser

Buyer Rating: 4.5 stars

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com ($227.20)

Available Colors: Black / Black Cherry Espresso / Dark Chocolate / Espresso Cherry / Grey / White

Product Info: Product Weight- 109 lbs. / Product Dimensions- 48.5″ W X 20.75″ D X 34.75″ H

Pros

  • sturdy
  • can accommodate a changing table topper
  • cute design for a nursery

Cons

  • reviews stated difficult assembly
  • reviews stated paint chips easily
  • reviews stated drawers don’t always line up correctly

Dressers with Changing Tables

There are dressers made specifically for nurseries that have a changing table area built onto it already. There are some that have four sides and some that have three so the front is open for more access to your baby.

The majority of dressers that have four sides around the top are essentially dressers made with their own specific changing table topper that can be removed when your child outgrows diapers.

The dressers with three sides on top allow you to simply remove the changing table pad and then the sides can provide a stylish buffer for any accessories you put on top later to keep them from falling off.

A cute example of a dresser that has a four sided removable changing table is the Little Seeds Monarch Hill Poppy 6 Drawer Changing Table.

Little Seeds Monarch Hill Poppy 6 Drawer Changing Table

Buyer Rating: 3.6 stars

Cheapest Place to Buy: Walmart.com ($299.99)

Available Colors: Ivory Oak / White & Grey / White & Pink

Product Info: Product Weight- 150 lbs. / Product Dimensions- 53.5″ L X 19.06″ D X 35.31″ H

Pros

  • changing table is removable for easy transition to dresser only once your baby outgrows diapers
  • two sets of knobs to customize the look of the dresser
  • spacious drawers
  • color scheme is unique

Cons

  • reviews stated assembly could be difficult
  • reviews stated drawers may need adjustments to function properly
  • large product if working with a small nursery

If you like the more open three sided changing table area where you only have to remove the changing pad to convert to just a dresser then a very simple design like the Storkcraft Avalon 6 Drawer Universal Dresser might suit your needs.

Storkcraft Avalon 6 Drawer Universal Dresser

amazon.comBuyer Rating: 4.2 stars

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com ($224.90)

Available Colors: Black / Cherry / Espresso / Grey / White

Product Info: Product Weight- 114 lbs. / Product Dimensions- 50″ L X 17.5″ D X 40.5″ H

Pros

  • simply add or remove changing table pad for conversion between changing table and dresser
  • spacious drawers
  • wide color selection available
  • sturdy

Cons

  • reviews stated assembly could be difficult
  • large product if working with a small nursery

Unconventional Dressers

To all you parents out there that either can’t find a dresser you really like for your nursery or like to make things atypical there are a few unconventional options to consider.

One of the most useful creations for organizations are the cube containers for the versatile cube organizers. They come in so many colors and designs you could easily find ones that match your nursery. These could prove to be super useful in a nursery too.

There are a couple ways you could use these to make a dresser like storage unit.

To make enough storage space in your nursery to store almost everything you need in there you can use a tall bookshelf. Add as many or as few cube containers as suits your needs. If there is shelf space left you can then use that for nursery accessories that don’t need to be contained in a drawer.

A charming and affordable bookcase that would work perfectly for this setup is the Mainstays 71″ 5 Shelf Bookcase.

Mainstays 71″ 5 Shelf Bookcase

Buyer Rating: 4 stars

Cheapest Place to Buy: Walmart.com ($32.88)

Available Colors: Walnut / Espresso / Black / White

Product Info: Product Weight- 50.6 lbs. / Product Dimensions- 24.88″ L X 11.65″ D X 71.42″ H

Pros

  • taller than any dresser for more available storage
  • can add as much or as little pull out storage as you want
  • includes wall safety attachment kit
  • can add color and design to nursery without paint

Cons

  • storage containers are not attached (which may or may not be more handy)
  • reviews stated sturdiness is questionable (especially when being moved around)

A similar idea to the bookcase but much more versatile in options is the cube organizers that those containers were designed for. These come is many shapes and sizes.

Some storage options for these, since they vary so much, is storing them in the lower half of the closet (to save space in the room), setting them on the floor against a wall (like a dresser), or mounting them on the wall for a truly out of the box look in you nursery.

You can get most sizes and colors with the ClosetMaid 1290 Cubeicals Organizer.

ClosetMaid 1290 Cubical Organizer

(price and product info given on the 6 cube size)

Buyer Rating: 3.8 stars

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com ($36.47)

Available Colors: Espresso / Cherry / White / Birch / Chocolate / Natural Grey / Black

Product Info: Product Weight- 30.5 lbs. / Product Dimensions- 24.1″ L X 11.6″ D X 35.9″ H

Pros

  • space-saving
  • can organize different items individually
  • can add color and design to nursery without paint
  • can be used for toy storage when their clothes outgrow the containers

Cons

  • storage containers are not attached (which may or may not be more handy)
  • reviews stated sturdiness was questionable
  • reviews stated the covers over screws do not stay on well

With this particular product you want to get 10″ or 11″ fabric cubes as the 12″ or 13″ ones won’t fit. If you choose a different brand be sure to check out the size it takes.

Tips for Organizing the Dresser in Your Nursery

Let me start off by saying, for a baby’s dresser (if you choose to use and actual dresser) baskets of different shapes and sizes will be your best friend for organization!

Here is a list of things you can store in your baby’s dresser. *These are just examples and not the only things you can put in there

  • clothes (duh!)
    • onsies
    • pants
    • shorts
    • skirts (for girls)
    • sleepers
    • socks
    • tights (for girls)
    • shoes
    • swim suits
    • hats
    • mittens
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • spare changing pad covers
  • diaper rash cream
  • baby powder
  • baby lotion
  • spare pacifiers
  • nasal aspirator
  • teethers
  • breast pads (for breastfeeding moms)
  • swaddle blankets
  • warm blankets
  • spare crib sheets
  • spare mattress protectors

When you start to organize your baby’s dresser you need to determine what items you will need most in your dresser. A dresser that is also your changing table means diapers and all the other essentials that go with that will possibly need to be stored in the dresser drawers. These items need to be stored in one of the top two drawers as it will be accessed frequently.

To keep all the diapering items neat and easy to find get two baskets (almost any type of baskets will do). One of the baskets should be on the larger side ( for the diapers). The other basket should be large enough to hold the following items:

  • diaper rash cream
  • baby powder
  • baby lotion
  • pack of wipes
  • spare changing pad covers

Behind the basket with the diapering items (since it probably won’t take up the whole depth of the drawer) put another basket to hold the small stuff you don’t want mixing with diapering needs such as:

  • spare pacifiers
  • teethers
  • breast pads
  • nasal aspirator

For the second top drawer or only top drawer I recommend putting their sleepers in there. With all of my kids I had plenty of cute clothes for them when they were small. I found that often times sleepers were more convenient and easier to dress them in. My babies also seemed more comfortable in them as well so we used those more than any of their other clothes when they were small.

Next, I would put their other clothes such as:

  • onsies
  • pants
  • shorts
  • skirts

Baskets could come in handy here as well. With an abundance of clothes you can neatly roll up their small clothes to save space and line them up in a basket to hold them together.

One to their littler clothing items. Baskets for these items are almost a must to keep them organized like:

  • socks
  • tights
  • hats
  • mittens
  • swimsuits
  • shoes

I have an entire drawer dedicated to these items. However, I line up their shoes in the drawer so not doing that could save space. It is probably a good idea to have separate baskets for each to make it quick and easy to grab exactly what you need. If you have room or keep their shoes somewhere else it would be wise to use the extra space in this drawer for swaddle blankets.

Now comes the bulky items that will be used least often for the bottom drawers of the dresser such as:

  • spare crib sheets
  • spare mattress protectors
  • warm blankets

No baskets are necessary here. I recommend having three sets of sheets and mattress protectors. One set is for on the crib the other two are spares for instances like:

  • excessive drooling
  • leaky diapers
  • blowout diapers
  • sick baby (so much snot)
  • spit up
  • exhaustion (every parent gets behind on laundry at some point)

Warm blankets are good to have on hand but should be stored somewhere other than in the crib with baby. Blankets are a suffocation risk to small babies unless securely wrapped up so they can’t wiggle out (swaddling). Heavy, warm blankets may overheat a baby so they should only be used while holding the baby or when you are able to keep a very close eye on them. To keep them out of the way store them in the bottom drawers of the dresser with the sheets so they can be easily accessed but are out of the way and away from your baby’s crib.

Most Underappreciated Piece of Furniture

While a dresser may seem like the least important decision in a nursery, there are so many things to consider when choosing one for a baby. Your dresser can double as a changing table so you get two pieces of furniture in one. It can simply be just a dresser. It could also be made into something that brings color and style to your nursery. I hope this info helped you come to a decision for the most functional dresser for your nursery.

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