Here is the to-scale floorplan for the room (each square represents one square foot):
Before deciding where to place the Eiffel, I did some research online for basic crib and chair dimensions, and started playing with various furniture arrangement options. There are two doors into the room – one from the hall, and one from the adjoining bathroom that also connects to the hall. I liked the idea of having the crib on the wall between these two doors, making it easy to peek in on the baby without walking all the way into the room. Additionally, while our house is new and well heated, I still liked the idea of keeping the crib on an interior wall.
By viewing the furniture layout on my Photoshopped graph paper, I was also able to determine that the 5’ x 8’ gray and white zebra rug I had my eye on would fit perfectly in the middle of the room. Unfortunately, the zebra rug at West Elm was more than I wanted to spend, so I found a very similar alternative on sale for only $200 from Rugs USA, and free shipping to boot. (I see that they still sell a similar rug in a 7.5′ x 9.5′ size, but the price is higher.)
After looking at many changing table options, I decided I didn’t really want to purchase a piece of furniture that would only last as long as we had kids in diapers. So, we instead went on the hunt for a chest of drawers that we could use with a changing tray. In keeping with the dark and white wood furniture theme, we decided to go with the dark Hemnes three drawer chest from Ikea (can’t beat the price), and a contrasting white Argington Anywhere Changing Tray (this changing tray has a fantastic non-slip base so that it doesn’t have to be screwed to the top of the dresser – and even with a very wiggly one year old, the changing tray has never slid or moved an inch!). We also liked the small Expedit bookshelf in white from Ikea for the other end of the room.
Finding a chair was the most challenging part of our search. I didn’t like the look of the typical nursery gliders. I wanted something a bit more modern, but still very practical and comfortable. I loved the Storytime Rocker, but just couldn’t justify the price (of course, it figures that the price has since come down considerably). Finally, we came across a small-scale leather rocker at Scandinavian Designs. One of the color options was charcoal gray – a color we had already been contemplating incorporating into the room, and I love that it is super comfy, can easily be wiped clean, and could later be used in another room of the house.
Update: Check out these links for all of the posts about the nursery…