How to Create a Space Themed Nursery

Jodi and I are geeks. Specifically, we’re science geeks, especially about space exploration. When my beautiful wife discovered we’d be having a baby boy, she immediately knew that she wanted a space and sci-​fi themed nursery. Rockets, robots – you know, all that good stuff. She then spent many weeks finding all the things she wanted for the nursery before we put it together.

Before

This is the room before we started.

This is the room before we started.

Step 1 - Furniture

Crib

We were on a budget, so we decided to buy the furniture we could second-​hand. We found this crib in great condition. It has a sleigh shape that Jodi liked and it was just the right color. We made sure it had all the parts and was in good shape before dragging it home because it will be carrying some very important cargo. Now, before this space nursery adventure, I don’t think Jodi had much respect for my handyman abilities. After all, I am a bit of a geek and spend all day doing geeky marketing stuff. However, I worked as a construction apprentice for a year right out of high school, so I’d like to think some of those skills stuck. My aim was to prove with this project that they had! As you can see from the pic below, I at least have retained the ability to place round screws into round holes. Very technical.

We got this sleigh crib for our space nursery on Craigslist for $200--far cheaper than new! Linked below.

We got this sleigh crib for our space nursery on Craigslist for $200 – far cheaper than new! Linked below.

Jodi found the perfect set of space themed linens for the crib. It took a while to find a skirt that worked, but we finally found one at Babies R Us (and it matches our glider too – bonus!).

You can see the three layers of linens we have on the crib. The bottom one is a crib skirt.

You can see the three layers of linens we have on the crib. The bottom one is a crib skirt.

(links coming soon)

Crib Sheets

Crib Skirt

Changing Table

We were extraordinarily lucky enough to find a changing table that matched our crib. Same shape, same color, and very inexpensive! We outfitted it with a matching set of linens.

space nursery changing table

(links coming soon)

Changing Table

Changing Table Mattress

Changing Table Mattress Cover

Dresser

At first, Jodi didn’t want a white dresser. She wanted an espresso one that matched the crib and changing table. She looked and looked for weeks but apparently, all second-​hand baby dressers are white. After much thought and consideration, she decided that a white chest of drawers would be ok since the floorboards of the room were white. She found a nice second-​hand unit that had an interesting design to it, for super cheap! I went and picked it up from a friendly guy in Ballard who buys second-​hand furniture on Craigslist, fixes them up, then sells them. He wouldn’t accept checks though, so I had to hunt down an ATM machine after 10:00 to get cash for the fellow. No trust these days! We got this solid wood bookshelf for about $75.

Here's our chest of drawers. She chose to go with white because it matches our baseboard.

Here’s our chest of drawers. She chose to go with white because it matches our baseboard.

Space Nursery Toys on Top

This is the top of our nursery's bookshelf. Jodi found a print that matches the crib sheets.

This is the top of our nursery’s bookshelf. Jodi found a print that matches the crib sheets.

(links coming soon)

Planet Wall Print

Matching Frame

Catch a Star Wall Print

Matching Frame

Step 2 — Wall Hangings – Or, Just Another Pic On the Wall

One of the most important parts of a successful space themed nursery is having a nice selection of wall hangings. Jodi browsed around until she had found some she liked. When our pictures from etsy arrived, we went out and found some suitable white frames to match our white floor board. The green robot plaque was made by a local Seattle artist, who does robot commissions. We bought the one of a kind plaque at a local street fair, and then purchased a few more robot prints from her which we placed on our bookshelf. You can find her website here. Here is a list of the frames we used, matched with their image.

I decided to arrange the frames on the ground first. When satisfied with their arrangement, I then started affixing the adhesive hooks to the wall. Now, I decided to go with adhesive hooks because I didn’t want to leave a mark on the wall. The packaging claimed each hook could hold up to 2 lbs, so I figured we’d be good to go. I followed the directions – cleaned the wall surface, waited for it to dry, affixed the hooks and then waited an hour before hanging. Satisfied, we went to bed.

These are the images Jodi chose for our space themed nursery, organize on the ground.

(links coming soon)

Moon and Back Print

Frame

Orbit Print

Frame

I awoke in the middle of the night to a loud crash. I ran into the nursery and discovered that three of the frames had fallen. The hooks simply popped off the wall! Considering my baby is going to sleep in a crib under these frames, I decided to just go with good, old-​fashioned nails. Frustratingly, this old house has a lot of brick behind the sheet rock (for some reason) so it took me a while of banging holes in the wall before I found some nice studs. And yes, the holes are still there (though strategically covered by the frames). The moral of the story is: adhesive hooks STINK. Don’t waste your money! Use nails.

These are the adhesive picture frame hooks I tried to use. They stink. Never use adhesive hooks for wall hangings!

These are the adhesive picture frame hooks I tried to use. They stink. Never use adhesive hooks for wall hangings!

This is the damage done to my floor board, thanks to those darned adhesive wall hangings.

This is the damage done to my floor board, thanks to those darned adhesive wall hangings. A bit of putty and white paint fixed it right up.

Ah, frame hanging nails. How you have saved the day!

Ah, frame hanging nails. How you have saved the day!

The Result:

Finally, the images are affixed to my baby's space themed nursery with good, old-fashioned nails. I can now sleep at peace.

Finally, the images are affixed to my baby’s space themed nursery with good, old-​fashioned nails. I can now sleep at peace.

Space Mobile

The next task was to install the mobile and shelf. The mobile is one that Jodi found online. It’s really cute. It has little spaceships, planets and so on that dangle. Be careful when removing them from the packaging. They’re attached to compressed metal coils that have a tendency to fly up and hit you in the face when unpacked. This was very easy to install. Just find a stud, drill a small hole and screw it into the wall! Done.

Stellar--the space sci-fi mobile that Jodi found.

This mobile hangs over our crib. I look forward to the boy playing with it!

Watch out when unpacking it. Those white metal cords are spring-​loaded!

Lastly for the crib area, Jodi found an artist that creates wooden plaques of Bible verses. She chose this one. Rather fitting for a space nursery, eh?

We wanted a Bible verse that would fit in. Jodi chose this one and found someone on Etsy to make it for us. What do you think?

We wanted a Bible verse that would fit in. Jodi chose this one and found someone on Etsy to make it for us. What do you think?

Here is the finished crib area

Wall Shelf

The bookshelf is a bit tricky to get level. I suggest holding it flush against the wall with one hand and then place a level on one of the shelves. Tweak it with your other hand until the air bubble is level, then use a pencil to mark the screw holes on the wall. Remove the shelf, drill the holes, and then screw it directly to the wall. You should have an even shelf.

Flaunt6 sci-fi book shelf, which we installed right above the glider.

I really like the shelf, even though it looks like it was very simple to make. It has a sort of futuristic 2001: Space Odyssey feel to it. We’re still trying to decide what to place on it but so far, we have our robot ugly doll, a neat USB flash drive in the shape of SEOMoz’s Roger Robot (which I don’t think you can get anywhere – it was a gift) and, of course, Bender. What kind of space nursery is complete without Bender?

Here's the finished shelf. The name the manufacturers gave the ugly doll is "Ox" btw.

Here’s the finished shelf. The name the manufacturers gave the ugly doll is “Ox” btw.

Here's a close up of my Roger the Robot SEOMoz mascot USB flash drive, proudly on display in the space themed nursery.

Here’s a close up of my Roger the Robot SEOMoz mascot USB flash drive, proudly on display in the space themed nursery.

Wall Shelf Baby Toys

(links coming soon)

Bender Figurine

Rocket Teething Toys

Ox Ugly Doll

Rocket Sippy Cup

Roger the MozBot from SEOmoz

Step 3 — Nursing Corner

We placed the shelf just above the glider I bought Jodi. It’s a very comfortable chair that she will use when feeding the baby. Everything in the nursery we either bought cheap new or bought second hand on craigslist, except for the glider. I figured that making my wife’s posterior comfy while feeding was a worthy investment. We chose a dark brown corduroy, to match the crib as best we could.

Here is the finished nursery corner for the space themed nursery

We bought a cheap little nightstand from Fred Meyer (Kroger’s). On it, we have a simple, cheap lamp from Target that matches the walls. I used my old iPhone 3G as a music player for the nursery. Do you have any album suggestions?

Wanna find the Starcraft II coaster? eBay ;)

Wanna find the Starcraft II coaster? eBay ;)

This diaper pail is supposed to eliminate all odors from the baby diapers. We'll see if it works or not!

This diaper pail is supposed to eliminate all odors from the baby diapers. We’ll see if it works or not!

finished pano (coming soon)

UPDATE

Gavin Michael Earl Dennis loves his space-​age nursery.

Proud papa Oxhorn holds little Gavin on his first day home from the hospital.

Proud papa Oxhorn holds little Gavin on his first day home from the hospital.

Spaceman Gavin fits right in to his new room!

Spaceman Gavin fits right in to his new room!

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is best known as his alter-ego Oxhorn, author of popular machinima movies. When he's not wearing suspenders with a certain sort of finesse, he's reading, writing, blogging, doing web design, making movies and more often than not enjoying a classy drink with an even classier cigar. Watch his movies at oxhorn.com and feel free to stalk him on Twitter and Facebook.

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15 comments on “How to Create a Space Themed Nursery
  1. Seriously the cutest nursery! and congrats on your bundle of joy! The crib is actually made by Carters — I have it and am looking to seel and when I goggled it landed here. Happy accidents! Love the pictures!

  2. Toka says:

    Congrats! He is adorable and the room is adorable too.

  3. Christian says:

    Sweet Jesus Ox, your beard is getting mighty epic.

  4. winkeno says:

    dude you need atlist a star wars poster in the babys room.. bless your fammily!!

  5. There are many children born that are Epic, but few that are Legendary. You Ox have a Legendary child!! Love the theme! It takes the vastness of space to hold all your families awesomeness!!

  6. Jennifer Lee says:

    I love the nursery! Again congrats on the little one! He is so cute! Reminds me of how much I miss the tiny-​ness of our two little girls >.< Time flies you two cherish every moment!

  7. Hatell says:

    I like the room, so cute. Bad deal with those hooks. Looks like baby Gavin will be out of this world when he gets older. God Bless You and Your Growing Family. GLYASDI!

    • Oxhorn says:

      Thanks so much! Let’s just hope NASA restarts their space exploration programs in the future so Gavin truly can be out of this world :)

  8. Emerald says:

    Adorable nursery!! And your minion is so cute as well!!! Congrats!! As for music to play i would suggest Enya. Or really any type of celtic music works wonderfully. Celtic or sof piano or guitar. It is what i used for my son (and still use and he is about to be four) and what i use at nap time in the preschools ive worked at. Congrats again!!!

  9. Awesome! My wife and I are expecting our first in August and we both love the idea of a space/​Doctor Who themed nursery.

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