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Ways to Make a Small Nursery Work

June 23, 2015

Have a small space for a nursery? No problem. A small room or space for a nursery can still be a fun, totally functional room. Here are tips for making your space work for you and your baby.

Use furniture for multiple purposes

That is, put one piece of furniture to work to complete more than one function. One example is using your dresser as a changing table, as opposed to having a separate dresser and a separate changing table. Or, get a bookcase that you can also use as a side or night table. You’ll find that consolidating furniture and other big items saves space and literally puts every square inch of furniture to work!

Here are some options for dressers that function (or could function, with the addition of a changing pad) as a changing table:

Opt for a mini crib

A mini crib is precisely what its name implies—it is a smaller version of a standard-sized crib. It is a great way to save space or fit a crib in a small nursery. The downside of a mini crib is that its life is shorter than a standard crib, meaning your child will outgrow the mini crib sooner and would need to transition to a standard crib or a toddler bed. Some online reviews say that the mini crib worked up until the baby’s first birthday. However, at that time, you may be able to remove some of the other furniture from the room, like the glider or changing table, to allow for a larger crib or bed.

A mini crib is precisely what its name implies—it is a smaller version of a standard-sized crib. It is a great way to save space or fit a crib in a small nursery. The downside of a mini crib is that its life is shorter than a standard crib, meaning your child will outgrow the mini crib sooner and would need to transition to a standard crib or a toddler bed. Some online reviews say that the mini crib worked up until the baby’s first birthday. However, at that time, you may be able to remove some of the other furniture from the room, like the glider or changing table, to allow for a larger crib or bed.

 Stick to the basics

There is definitely not a shortage of baby products, and the selection can be overwhelming at times. When working with a small space, stick to the basics and only get the essentials. For example, you don’t need the ottoman to go with the glider—that will take up quite a bit of space.

There is definitely not a shortage of baby products, and the selection can be overwhelming at times. When working with a small space, stick to the basics and only get the essentials. For example, you don’t need the ottoman to go with the glider—that will take up quite a bit of space.

When planning your nursery, consider every piece of furniture and item in the nursery and how much “real estate” it will take up. Assign a value to the real estate, such as the ottoman. It will take up a certain percentage of the space in the room—is the ottoman really worth that much space? Start with the basics (e.g., crib, changing table/dresser, etc.), and if there is room left after those items, then consider adding “extras.” However—don’t feel the need to fill every inch of the room. Open space will come in handy as the baby grows and for floor and tummy time.

Put your walls to work

Walls can often be “wasted space,” but when you’re working with a small nursery, you need every bit of space you can get. Install floating shelves and wall units for storage and for decoration. In addition to shelving, consider hanging frames or prints

Walls can often be “wasted space,” but when you’re working with a small nursery, you need every bit of space you can get. Install floating shelves and wall units for storage and for decoration. In addition to shelving, consider hanging frames or prints to add color, or a decorative mirror, which will help the space look larger. Have you seen the IKEA spice rack hack?

Check out this pin to see how you can take the $3.99 BEKVÄM spice racks and turn them into a wall-mounted book rack.

Get smart with storage

We’ve said it before—take advantage of all the space you have, and that includes storage. Take a look around and identify all areas you can use for storage, and use them (or keep them in mind for future use as you begin to accrue more baby items that need to be stored). Some spaces to keep in mind:

We’ve said it before—take advantage of all the space you have, and that includes storage. Take a look around and identify all areas you can use for storage, and use them (or keep them in mind for future use as you begin to accrue more baby items that need to be stored). Some spaces to keep in mind:

  • Under the crib
  • Top shelf of the closet
  • Back of the door (use a Command Strip hook to hang towels or coats, for example)
  • Closet door (use a shoe holder as storage)

Remember, you don’t have to store everything in the nursery. Keep some less-essential items in hall closets, the garage or even under your own bed. Get creative with storage solutions.

Rotate items and only keep out what you’re currently using

It can be tempting to get everything for the baby’s first year of life (play mat, swing, bouncer, etc.) out and ready to use in the nursery. But, this will make a small space very cluttered, and you’ll find yourself tripping every other step—if you can even fit it all in the small space. Instead, rotate items out as your baby grows. For example, once your child begins crawling, he or she may have no interest in being confined to a

It can be tempting to get everything for the baby’s first year of life (play mat, swing, bouncer, etc.) out and ready to use in the nursery. But, this will make a small space very cluttered, and you’ll find yourself tripping every other step—if you can even fit it all in the small space. Instead, rotate items out as your baby grows. For example, once your child begins crawling, he or she may have no interest in being confined to a swing (curiosity gets the best of them!), so take the swing out and put it in storage for a future child, or pass it onto a friend with a baby on the way.

Additionally, rotate toys in your child’s nursery. Not only will this save space, your child will feel like the toys are brand new every time they cycle through. It’s a win-win all around.

Small nursery or big nursery, putting together your baby’s room is a fun, special experience. It’s so exciting preparing for the arrival of your little one!

We want to hear from you—what tips do you have for making the most of small nursery space?

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