Safety and practicality should come first when choosing nursery furniture, and the best sets combine these factors with a calm cool style that should suit your baby into childhood too.

Buying a set, rather than individual pieces is a good way to save money, and give the nursery a co-ordinated look.

Three-piece nursery furniture sets usually combine a cot, wardrobe and dresser/changing unit – but you should plan around the size of your room and what you need.

Most cots convert to a toddler bed, and adjust to three different heights for maximum use as your baby grows. For the wardrobe and dresser, consider neutral styles and natural materials that can be used around the house long after they are needed in the nursery.

Quality nursery furniture should be the number one priority, and although it's not needed for a very long time (unless you have a large family), it must be safe and sturdy enough to last.

This is why most of this furniture will be made from pine or solid wood, so check any piece you intend to buy conforms to British Safety Standards.

Most sets require self-assembly and some items can’t be returned once assembled; drafting in an extra pair of hands or a professional can save hassle.

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Silver Cross Bromley complete nursery set: £799, Silver Cross

A simple but practical furniture set from one of Britain’s oldest makers of baby products. The Bromley set from Silver Cross is well-made with subtle details and round pewter handles. The wardrobe has an overhead shelf and two hanging rails, and the chest has a removable changing top. Unusually, a good quality mattress is included in this set. It’s a perfect fit for the cot bed, so there are no gaps for little fingers to get trapped in.

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Mothercare Lulworth 3-piece nursery furniture set: £714, Mothercare

The Lulworth cot bed has three heights: higher is easier to lift a newborn in and out of, and lower stops a toddler from climbing out. The changing unit has three wide drawers, and the wardrobe is spacious, too. The let-downs here are the quality of materials for the price, and the self-assembly, which can be tricky. But you can buy the items individually if you don’t want to invest in the whole set.

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Little Acorns Sleigh set: £499.99, Very

This good-value set from Little Acorns has all the essentials but is quite basic in style. The double wardrobe has two hanging rails and various compartments to help with organisation, and the dresser has three roomy drawers with a secure changer on top. The sleigh-style cot is less grand and more practical: it adjusts to three positions and converts to a bed.

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Babystyle Hollie Sleigh 3 piece set: £879, Kiddies Kingdom

The traditional-looking Hollie set from Babystyle is best for adaptability and storage. The cot converts to a child’s bed or daybed, and the changer top on the dresser is removable for future use. The cot is height adjustable and has a handy drawer in the base for keeping everything in one place. The tall wardrobe also incorporates two bottom drawers.

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East Coast Fontana room set: £439, Precious Little One

If you're not a fan of traditional white furniture, this drift-wood style makes a welcoming change. The cot bed has rounded corners, converts to a toddler bed, and has a decent quality for the price. The top of the dresser is designed to be used for changing. The drawers are a little small but the wardrobe gives a good amount of space. A reliable, sturdy choice.

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Tutti Bamini Lucas 3-piece room set: £759, The Baby Room

The Lucas set is modern and convenient, with the curving lines of popular sleigh-style furniture, but not the bulk. The dresser and wardrobe combine drawers and cupboards of different sizes, so there’s a place for everything. The adjustable cot bed has an integrated drawer and teething rails – plus it conforms to two British Standards for peace of mind.

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John Lewis Alex nursery furniture set: £585, John Lewis & Partners

This simple and good value three-piece set made from child-friendly solid pine includes a convertible cot with teething rails, a small single wardrobe and a dresser. The wardrobe has two hanging rails but no shelves. The dresser has three good-sized drawers on metal runners and a built-in changing top. Partial self-assembly is required for this set.

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East Coast Dorset Oak 3-piece rooms set: £649.95, Cuckooland

The finish of the East Coast Dorset set has real quality. The oak pieces have subtle long-lasting style, feel robust, and have contrasting moulded handles that are a pleasure to use. This set has plenty of storage, with a drawer under the convertible cot, one in the double wardrobe and three in the dresser (which comes with a removable changing top).

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Kidsmill Amy furniture set: £1,609, Nubie

The Amy set caters to style-seekers, with trendy touches like the soft grey finish and on-trend leather handles. Strong metal bases on all three pieces allow for the tall slim legs which give this set a less bulky appearance than most. There’s a good amount of storage, with an extra-wide dresser and double wardrobe with a drawer. The chest requires a separate changer that will require secure fixing.

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Mamas and Papas Dover 3-piece nursery set: £699, Mamas and Papas

The Dover set features lots of child-friendly curved edges and round handles. The calming grey finish and wood panels have a faint coastal theme. This set is purposely designed for small spaces, and as such it includes a standard cot with two sleeping heights (rather than the usual three). The cot doesn’t convert to a bed, but one in the same range is available. The wardrobe has a built-in drawer and the changer top on the dresser is removable.

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The verdict: Nursery furniture

The Bromley set from Silver Cross makes a good neutral furniture set for any nursery. A high-quality cot mattress is included, making it even better value. And a good level of care has been taken to ensure safety and longevity.

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