Buying Guide: Finding the perfect cot

When planning your baby’s room, deciding which cot to buy is a key decision! Your baby will sleep in their new bed until they are 2-4 years old, so it is important to choose a cot that’s safe and durable. But there are other practical considerations to bear in mind too - are you short on on space? Do you require extra storage? Is a cot bed more practical? And what about a dropside?

Then there’s the aesthetics: Is your new nursery going to be clean and modern? Or perhaps you prefer a vintage style with more traditional furniture? You may have some furniture already and so need something that will fit in; there are so many things to think about!

Don’t worry, help is at hand. The experts at East Coast Nursery have devised this buying guide to help you find the perfect cot for you and your baby.

Saving Space

If your nursery is on the small side or an awkward shape, you could opt for a space saving cot.  East Coast’s Carolina Cot measures a neat 96cm x 58cm – making it 25% shorter and 10% slimmer than the average size cot – but still with plenty of space for your little one to grow into.


Again if you’re short on space or require extra storage so you could look for a cot with integral storage drawers. This nifty design feature will provide the perfect place to store nappies or baby’s bedding – keeping the nursey lovely and tidy.  The Monaco, DevonCuba and Langham cot beds are very different in style but all have handy drawers in common.

Cot Beds
Cot beds are fabulous as they transform easily into a toddler bed, for when your little one is ready to sleep in a proper bed.

You simply remove the side rails and either convert or replace the foot end, depending on your model. This extends the life of your cot for another couple of years at least and it also makes the transition from cot to bed easier for your child.  The only thing to consider is that cot beds can be larger than cots, so just make sure you have enough space.

See our extensive range of cot beds here.

A Dropside

A dropside on your cot makes it easier to lift your baby in and out as they grow. As your baby gets bigger you adjust the cot's base to a lower position; bending further over the cot side to pick up your now much-heavier child could be a problem for some. It’s also easier to transfer a sleeping baby into bed if there’s a dropside!

Our popular Katie and Anna cots have dropsides.



As well as all the practicalities, you want your baby’s room to reflect your own style and match the décor in your home.  At East Coast Nursery we believe that we make furniture to suit all tastes.

For a statement cot with clean modern lines the Cuba is perfect – with a smooth white and wood finish.  Or the Monaco, which provides the same contemporary simplicity with pale wood Scandinavian inspired styling. 

Vintage & Traditional

If your taste is more traditional and you’re creating a vintage style nursery, the Toulouse cot bed could be the perfect option.  In this season’s soft grey, with antique-style detailing, it will make a beautiful focal point in any baby’s room.

Another key trend for baby rooms this year is warm wood – replacing stark white, with soft beige tones and chunkier pieces.  The Langham cot bed and sleigh style cot bed perfectly embody this design trend and will make a gorgeous statement in any traditional style nursery.

Other traditional cot styles from East Coast Nursery include the Alaska cot bed and Devon collection.

Mix & Match

If you prefer a more eclectic look for your nursery room then you’ll be pleased to know that our coordinating range has been designed especially so that you can mix and match the pieces to create your own room set to suit your very own personal style, space and budget. Everything matches in either antique wood or classic white.