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Small Space Style: 8 Design Tips for Small Nurseries

So, you’re designing a nursery? First off, congratulations! Baby nurseries are such a fun design project, often filled with hopes, dreams, and lots of love. Honestly, putting them together is almost as much for new parents to mentally and emotionally prepare for a new baby as they are, on a practical level, actually for the baby! (And designing a nursery is a great outlet for when those nesting instincts kick in!) Plus, it’s so fun to explore nursery design ideas and look at all the cute baby gear out there.

However, when you’re working with a small space, coming up with ideas for a baby room can be challenging. Small nurseries are especially tricky to design, since there are certain pieces of furniture you need to include—like a crib and a changing table—that take up significant space. But it’s definitely possible to create a nursery in even the smallest of spaces!

While what one decides to include in a nursery is certainly unique to every family, and what works best for you might be different for someone else, there are a few tips that can help you make the most of your small space. Keep reading for our designers’ 8 best small nursery design tips!

small nursery design1. Opt For A Mini Crib

The first of our small nursery ideas? Opt for a mini crib. A mini crib is just what it sounds like—a crib, but smaller. But it doesn’t stay that way forever! Mini cribs start small, but then grow and expand with your baby. Some can even turn into toddler beds, which is a great investment as your baby grows. This style of crib is great for small spaces, as it only takes up the space that the baby needs. And a style with rounded corners is actually great for small spaces, as they’re easier to move around—and more kid-friendly once your baby is up and walking around, since there are no sharp corners to tumble into!

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small nursery design2. Try a 2-in-1 Changing Table Dresser

There’s no need to invest in a dresser and changing table when you’re dealing with tiny space designs. Just add a changing table topper to your dresser-top for a 2-in-1 piece! This is also more practical, because when your baby grows up and out of diapers, you can simply remove the topper and they’ll have a dresser for their childhood room (or you can use it elsewhere in your home). This can work on any dresser that’s large enough—though it obviously works better on lower dressers so that baby is at the right height when you’re changing their diaper! Simply add changing items like diapers, wipes, and creams in a caddy or basket either on the dresser top as well or within close reach for easy diaper changes!

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3. Use Baskets For Under-Crib Storage

The space under the crib is wasted real estate—and in a small nursery design, you can’t afford to waste any space! So, make use of one of our go-to small space hacks and add low-height baskets or bins underneath to get some storage out of this extra space. They’re great for storing blankets, baby clothes, toys, or anything else your baby needs. The best part? They keep things safe and organized and don’t take up any additional space in the nursery!

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small nursery design4. Hang Shelves On The Wall

Another small nursery idea to get added storage without taking up floor space? Hang shelves on the wall above other furniture. This is a great way to utilize vertical space in a room—one of our favorite small bedroom design tips. Added shelving gives you a place to store anything from books and toys to diapers, blankets, or clothing. Tuck a reading or toy storage area under the shelves for a double duty space!

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small nursery design5. Utilize Book Ledges

Reading with your baby is a wonderful way to help their brain develop and expose them to new vocabulary—which makes a bookcase an essential in a nursery for reading time. But bookcases can take up a lot of valuable floor space in a small nursery. To save floor space while still having ample book storage within reach, mount a book ledge or narrow bookcase to the wall. This is also great as your baby gets older; you can swap out a glider for a kiddie chair and turn this area into a toddler reading nook where they can grab and look through books themselves! (This is also a perfect idea for a playroom design!)

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small nursery design6. Keep The Design Minimal

To make your small space feel open and tidy, keep the design minimal. A light and bright color scheme, like this neutral and earth-toned space, is a great place to start. Then, include only the essential furniture—a mini crib and a low but ample storage dresser with a changing table topper. This is all you really need, without any frills or extras! You can also hang lights on the wall instead of using floor or table lamps to save on floor and surface space. Here, we opted for a hanging pendant, which also adds some nice texture to the space. Sometimes keeping things simple is best!

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small nursery design7. Repurpose The Closet

Here’s another one of our favorite small nursery ideas: repurpose the closet in your baby’s room. Since babies don’t really require hanging storage, consider repurposing a closet into a full baby storage area! Remove the closet doors and any built-in shelving or rods, then find as large of a dresser as will fit into the closet. This eliminates the need to have a dresser take up floor space in the actual room! (And don’t forget to place a changing table topper on top for a triple-duty space!) Add floating shelves above for decor and keepsakes, and to store special books. We also love the idea of adding wallpaper and art into this nook to make the area feel extra stylish and fun.

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small nursery design8. Trust Your Nursery Design To The Experts

If you’re still struggling with how to fit all of your baby’s necessities into a small nursery, we can help. Our Modsy designers are experts in online interior design, and have tons of small space hacks up their sleeves. When you purchase a design package from Modsy, one of our designers will create a 3D, to scale model of the nursery and help you find pieces that will fit in the room and suit your style. Make this one less thing to stress about as you get ready for baby! And if you want help with other rooms in your home, our designers can also help guide you toward kid-friendly living room design tips, or even help you with specifics like baby-safe coffee table tips. We’re here for you every step of the way!

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9 Trendy Nursery Design Ideas We Can’t Stop Thinking About

If you have a little one on the way, chances are you have a lot on your mind! Bringing a new family member into the home is exciting and there is plenty to do to prepare. And one of the most exciting parts of getting your home baby-ready is the nursery design! Decorating a nursery is an exercise in creativity and a great way to make sure your baby room is both fun and functional.

However, nursery design can also be a challenge! There are enough nursery elements to keep your head full of baby room ideas for months. For starters, you’ll need to decide on a sleeping situation such as a crib, bassinet, convertible crib, or even if you want to co-sleep. Many parents also want a seating option like a glider, rocking chair, or day bed. Not to mention you’ll need storage for baby items, a changing table, and wall decor. Each nursery design is different and it’s up to you to dream up baby room ideas that work best for you and your family!

There are so many baby room design ideas for creating a space that feels super fun and relaxing while still making sure it’s a space that can grow with your baby and adapt to your changing needs. There are plenty of stylish nursery ideas to consider that work for both parents and baby!

If you want to kickstart your nursery plans, check out these 9 neutral nursery design ideas to help you ace your new baby’s room design!

baby room design, nursery designA Rustic + Transitional Nursery

We love the inviting coziness of this rustic and transitional nursery design. The rustic style adds tons of warmth with light wood tones and pale green hues. Botanical prints on the wall are one of the best nursery ideas to give the room a little grown-up elegance and the sleek dresser, pouf and armchair style add a transitional touch.

Stylist Tip: Adding a large area rug helps keep the floor soft + safe for baby and provides excellent noise reduction. This rug adds a fun blue/green pattern that brings the whole room’s color palette together. Keeping a stylish hamper and baskets near the dresser is also super practical because they are in reach of the changing area.

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baby room design, nursery designA Serene Pastel Nursery

If you want to go for a very versatile, neutral nursery design, this cozy look might be just right! Distressed woods and rug add a rustic touch while the mirror and crib form add a stylish mid-century modern element. Soft pinks and white add a warm glow to the room that’s not overly “feminine.” Using large toys like stuffed animals, horses, etc. for decor adds a little extra personality.

We love baby room ideas that double up as practical nursery design—the furniture and decor can grow with the baby and the layout keeps everything within easy reach! Design elements are simple and sweet—great for a toddler and transitions. Kids can use a full-size dresser like this throughout their whole childhood and the color palette is soft and soothing enough to style in a variety of ways over the years.

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baby room design, nursery designA Coastal Style Nursery

This nursery design is cool, calm and collected, just like coastal style should be. The jute and woven rope touches like the side-table, floor lamp, pouf, and pendant light have an appealing nautical look. Blue stripes in the rug and pillow are trademark coastal style and pair well with the classic blue, white and grey color palette! The sand shade of the natural materials breaks up the simple color scheme and the small decor like the whale toy and books tie all the colors together.

The classic form of the rocking chair is perfect for this look and the wingback style provides headrest for parents in need of support. The jute pouf is light and easy to move when you’re not using it for a footrest and the round rope mirror provides “on-theme” wall decor without getting too kitschy.

Pro tip: Using drapery is one of our favorite baby room ideas—it helps to soften the space and act as a noise barrier from the rest of the house so your baby can sleep in peace. They’re also crucial for keeping out sunlight when baby is ready for a daytime nap.

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baby room design, nursery designA Nursery Design for the Rustic Traveler

This gender-neutral space is one of the best baby room ideas for parents who want lots of character! The leather armchair and creamy antique crib set the stage for rustic style and the jute pouf, hanging plants, rattan mirror, and woven pendant bring in a funky boho look. The earthy color palette is muted for soothing energy and the distressed, rustic rug adds a soft surface area. The pouf is also one of our favorite ideas for sitting on the floor to play with baby or to use as a footrest while you sit in the chair.

Sage green makes a perfectly soothing wall color for nursery design. Add in some hanging plants for a more “Jungalow” vibe—just make sure they’re out of reach of grabby hands as your baby gets older! The cool animal gallery wall adds personality and a whimsical touch while the simple colors tie into the palette. This design is perfect for those who like an organic feel, eclectic styling and cozy space to spend time in.

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baby room design, nursery designA Mid-Century Modern + Scandinavian Nursery

If you are into crisp, clean Mod looks, this is one of our favorite baby room ideas! The crib’s form with angled legs, stylish rocking chair with tweed fabric, and the geometric print rug bring a bold, mid-century modern look. The striking black and white patterned rug creates a bold anchor for the design and the soft tufting makes for a cozy, baby-friendly play space where you can sit on the floor with a soft cushion.

Two woven baskets offer easy toy/blanket/book storage and the mid-century modern table lamp is one of the best ideas for practical light for rocking baby and reading. The cool map adds a pop of color and works well with the olive accent wall, which is neutral but still aligns with the mod color palette. This is a great design idea for parents who love mid-century modern but want a clutter-free nursery that’s 100% gender-neutral!

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baby room design, nursery designA Modern Rustic Nursery Look

Nothing says comfy and cozy like earth tones and rustic baby room ideas! This room features a mid-century modern crib and rocking chair that blend perfectly with rustic elements like the leather material, woven items, and soothing color scheme. The colors are earthy but stay muted for a baby-friendly atmosphere—a must-have for nap time! Texture and patterns play a big role in this design—the distressed vintage style of the rug adds visual depth and the trio of lidded jute baskets add texture and makes it easy to hide baby items.

The pouf is great for sitting on the floor with the baby or kicking your feet up in the rocking chair, and the leather material is durable and easy to wipe down. And we just love the touch of whimsy the cloud mobile adds to the room! This look is great for parents who like an earthy touch with a nod to mid-century modern style.

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baby room design, nursery designA Classic-Meets-Eclectic Nursery Design

Eclectic style is all about mixing things up. This nursery design features a traditional crib, a transitional armchair, and a cool, contemporary ottoman. The bright and high-contrast color palette is the staple of great eclectic design—it has both personality and cohesion that helps bring all the different elements together.

The slipcover lounge chair is ideal for a nursery because it’s easy to clean, soft, durable. A light rug adds soft landing on the floor and brightens up the contrast with darker wallpaper. And the starburst pendant light adds an unexpected metallic pop to baby’s room! This is a great style/space for parents who love color and excitement in a nursery space.

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baby room design, nursery designTransitional Nursery Style

If you love bright, playful baby room ideas, this transitional style room might be the look for you! It has a simple color palette of blue, grey and white that is super fun and bright without being too overwhelming. The chair is anchored on a faux fur rug for soft touch so it’s inviting and cozy for parent and child to read together. And the layout offers a view of the beautiful scenery and lots of natural light.

This convertible bed is ideal because it can start as a crib and transition into a toddler bed. It’s great for parents who don’t want to switch up furniture and decor as baby grows up. The rug anchored under toddler bed offers a soft spot to play once they’re up and out of bed. The dresser is a transitional piece too—just add a changing pad topper to make it a changing table and take it away when no longer needed! The moonlight lamp doubles as decor and light—perfect for the “no-frills” parents out there!

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10 Trendy Ideas for a Gender-Neutral Nursery Design

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If you’re on the hunt for nursery ideas, first of all, congrats! Yay, baby! This is an exciting time and planning a beautiful baby nursery is an important part of the fun. Creating the perfect nursery design for your little one is all about honing into the baby room ideas that make the most of your space. This means finding a nursery scheme with room for a crib (or your sleeping set-up of choice), a changing table, a soft place to play and any other furniture or toys you need for your little one. And one of the biggest trends in decorating a baby nursery right now is gender-neutral design!

How do you design a gender-neutral nursery?

Gender neutral nursery ideas are perfect if you’re not about going all-pink or all-blue. Decor, furniture, wall color, and cribs aren’t inherently gendered, after all! This nursery trend leans away from pinks and blues and into baby room ideas based on a theme or even interests your little one might have, like animals, space, nature, and more!

How do I choose a nursery theme?

You can get as creative as you like with decorating a beautiful room for your baby! You can start with wall color, a certain style of crib, or even furniture pieces you already own. Or just hone into your instincts and let your creativity run wild. If you’re looking for beautiful baby room ideas, check out these trendy rooms that inspire gender-neutral nursery design.

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Cali Boho Nursery

We are digging the neutral palette of this Cali Boho baby nursery design! The light woods with earth-tone pops take a queue from the colors and textures of the Mojave Desert. And the desert theme and neutral color scheme are perfectly gender neutral and will age well into a kids room!

The key design elements

Foundational pieces with a Scandinaivian influence set the stage for a variety of baby room ideas. Along with the white-washed oak dresser and crib, it’s a clean, bright, and cheery space that’s perfect if you don’t want to impose gender norms on your little one! We love how the rustic toys and touches add  vintage charm to the fresh, balanced style.

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New parents who want lean toward minimalism and want a bright and balanced nursery.

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Subtle Safari Nursery

When it comes to modern baby room ideas, you can’t really go wrong with a splash of safari! We love the black & white palette in this space—the high-contrast makes a statement but the overall vibe is soft and cozy. Rich textures like the geometric basket and patterned woven rug add even more warmth.

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Fun patterns and pops of neutrals ensure that this nursery is extra kid-friendly! Touches like the seagrass and velvet curtains add a soft touch to the modern black and white palette and woven geometric accents are both playful and unique.

This nursery design balances out transitional style with boho panache. Bright white finishes help blend mid-century modern and contemporary classic pieces for a cohesive and neutral nursery design. And the mid-century-style dresser-table has a large smooth surface area that’s great for changing diapers and storing toys.

This design is perfect for

Parents who love a classic black and white base with an unexpected twist!

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Soothing Blue Nursery

We love this gender-neutral bay blue baby nursery! Neither blue nor pink is a gender signifier and the two colors weren’t promoted as such until the 1940’s when department stores started marketing girls vs. boys clothing, decor, toys, etc. Times have changed, however, and color palettes rise above gender norms to focus on kids’ interests and tastes.

There are plenty of perks to blue rooms in addition to its gender-neutral versatility. Nursery decorators love blue because it is proven to be therapeutic—it’s one of the best baby room ideas to promote a calming energy for you and kids. Using a single color as a theme is one of our favorite baby room ideas to create a cohesive, gender-neutral space.

The key design elements

Monochrome blues and the light wood finish of the crib are a classic pairing. The delicate colors play up the natural light in the space and feel sunny and inviting. The large, soft rug creates a cozy for crawling and playtime and you can change diapers on the white changing table. Plus, the stylish mid-century rocking chair is the perfect place for rocking baby to sleep.

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Parents who love the calming, neutral vibes of blue and a wide open space for uncrowded play.

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Rustic Farmhouse Nursery

Bring a splash of Waco, Texas style to your baby’s space with this amazingly gender-neutral farmhouse look. The mint wall makes a cool, calming backdrop for rustic finishes, earth tones and vintage woods.

The key design elements

Rustic farmhouse is one of the best nursery ideas because it can hold up to dings and scratches from growing kids! And a traditional crib like this will never go out of style—it can work as a hand-me-down for kids down the line! The buffalo wall art and moose decor play into the rustic theme and add visual interest without cluttering the space.

This design is perfect for

A family who might be thinking about another little one down the road!

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Eclectic Boho Nursery

We love how boho nursery ideas instantly give off relaxing vibes for baby and you. Eclectic elements give it plenty of personality and the swing chair is boho chic enough for Stevie Nicks herself! Subdued shades with a few muted pops of color is perfect for a nursery that’s laid-back and exciting all at once.

The key design elements

This nursery design starts with loads of natural materials. The jute circle rug, woven baskets and hamper, and awesomely organic wall art have the makings of a bohemian paradise for your little one. The beautiful light wood crib looks lovely against the white dresser, curtains and decor and surprising elements like the geometric rug and dark wooden mirror give it a defined personality. All of the assorted decor comes together in a look that’s eclectic and chic.

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Parents who want to bring the festival vibes home for lullabies and love.

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Little Leo Nursery

Sticking to a single thematic topic, such as this little leo’s zodiac sign is a perfect jumping-off point for a neutral nursery room idea. Plus, you know the nursery will be totally unique because the theme is personalized for your baby!

Some signs (like leo) can be interpreted more literally than others. If your baby’s sign isn’t quite so on the nose, get creative with your theme! A Cancerian crab lends itself to a cute beach scene, southwestern decor sets the stage for Taurus’ bull, and Virgo is all about calm and clean spaces!

The key design elements

For this Leo nursery design, we opted for neutrals with pops of yellow against a warm, sunny wall. Stick with classic foundational pieces like this stunning white crib—they make a great starting point for any theme. Then add modern accessories like this adorable lion rug and plush animal friends to bring the room to life. The chandelier also adds softness while maintaining the neutral vibes.

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An astrology lover or just parents who want to celebrate their baby’s place in the universe!

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Indoors Outdoors Nursery

Create a wilderness retreat for you and your and your baby to match Max’s from “Where the Wild Things Are!” We love this nursery design’s mix of the grayscale wall and warm wood hues of the crib and birdcage chair. The nature theme is totally gender-neutral and strikes the perfect balance of wild and whimsical.

The key design elements

This nursery design uses boho eclectic elements with a scandi twist. We love how the curated feel of the room accessories balances out more modern foundational pieces. The cloud mobile, plant and silvery forest wall bring in the nature vibes and maintain the light, airy layout. Bold wallpaper like this ads a childlike whimsy to the space—and also steals the show, so you can keep styling to a minimum.

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Parents who want to foster their baby’s imagination without compromising on style.

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Charming Countryside Nursery

One of the best gender-neutral baby room ideas is to start with color alone as a theme! This nursery design features assorted cool tones of blue and green for a relaxing, pastoral feel.

The key design elements

Natural materials set the stage here, such as wood, linens, and woven accessories. The decor is eclectic but approachable and the deep, bold wall color is a gorgeous color for a gender-neutral nursery. The crib is a basic, comfortable brown wood and what really makes the room pop is the elegant, antiqued rug. Large dresser = an excellent all-in-one baby station, perfect for changing as well as storage for clothing, diapers, and toys.

This design is perfect for

For parents who prefer to let color inspire their style!

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Around the World Nursery

It’s never too early to instill a curiosity for the great big world in your young world traveler! We love this fun and eclectic space filled with items that inspire travel and exploration. It’s a chic and antique room design your baby will adore.

The key design elements

This nursery idea likes the play up vintage decor like the wrought-iron crib, leather armchair, vintage rug, and ornate mirror. The large plush rug makes a cozy space for play and the chair, shelf, and dresser will grow with your baby through the years!

We love the cozy and nostalgic vibes of the vintage color palette. Subdued complementary colors make it extra calming and relaxing for baby’s naps. The brown leather chair ottoman adds a cozy, warm spot for reading bedtime stories

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Parents who want the nursery that’s homey with a sense of adventure.

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A Sweet & Serene Nursery: Designing a Gender-Neutral Nursery

Now that the hard baby-making work is over, it’s time to design your new nursery. Congratulations! As the room where your little one and you will spend lots of time learning and snuggling and playing together, it is important that this be a space you enjoy spending time in.

To help, we’re serving up a little design inspiration for s sweet, serene, and gender-neutral nursery.

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Color Outside the Pink and Blue Lines

For a gender-neutral nursery, opt for light and fresh colors to keep the space feeling open and airy. We love incorporating playful elements like stars, moons, and animals for a slightly whimsical touch!

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The best part about a gender-neutral nursery? You can easily re-purpose all the pieces later down the line if, say, another stork arrives bearing a new bundle of joy!

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Go For Multi-Purpose Pieces

Get some extra milage out of your pieces by thinking about how they can continue to be used later, as your little one grows up. We love cribs that convert into toddler beds and accessories that are not so babyish that they can’t be displayed elsewhere in your home.

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Bring It to Life

Sometimes the hardest part of designing a nursery is getting your better half on board with your vision. The best way to convince them? Show how your ideas would look before making any commitments. As one happy Modsy customer said, “Once my husband saw how the furniture and decor looked fit in our nursery, he was absolutely on board with everything.”

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