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!
1. 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!
2. 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!
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!
4. 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!
5. 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!)
6. 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!
7. 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.
8. 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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