Practical Tips that Don’t Cost a Fortune
Setting up a nursery with limited space is challenging, but it can still be joyous. We will get ultra-creative to create the perfect baby room with limited space. With these organizational ideas and space-saving solutions, your baby’s room will be functional and beautiful, even in a small space.
Tip 1# Think Up Not Out: Use Wall Space
Whether you have a small apartment or home, if your baby’s room is small, the best use of space is to think up.
Using the wall space through shelves and wall hangers will maximize the storage space available. Instead of a cube organizer that takes up floor space, sturdy wall shelving can offer as much storage and out of reach of little hands as your little one grows.
These shelves are the perfect place for baskets of baby clothes, extra diapers and wipes, baby toys, and stuffed animals.
Another wall solution is using floating bookshelves to store baby books. You will save space that a traditional bookshelf takes, and all the beautiful artwork of the books will brighten the room.
Pegboard Nursery Storage is also a great way to keep items up high and using wall space and you can rearrange it often to get the most out of the space.
Tip #2 Magic Rolling Changing Cart
These three-tiered carts are a perfect small space storage solution for nearly every room.
In a baby’s room, it is the perfect rolling changing cart because the truth is you do not need a changing table, and if you are like nearly every parent ever, you will change your baby in all kinds of places.
According to baby company Munchkin babies go through between 2,000 and 2,200 diapers in their first year. For that many diaper changes, you need a solution that fits you.
No matter what room you need to change a diaper, this rolling cart can go right alongside you. I suggest putting the diapers and wipes in the middle so you can easily reach them regardless of whether you are sitting on the floor, on the couch, on the bed, or standing at a changing area.
Use the bottom shelf for changes of clothes and even use the top for bottles or baby toys. The possibilities for this rolling station are nearly endless.
Tip# 3 Truly Must Need Baby Items
The most surprising thing I learned when pregnant with my oldest child was how much stuff there is for a baby. And every ad was telling me more things I just had to have. It turns out babies don’t really need all that much. Let’s look at what babies need for their rooms.
- A place to sleep
- Changing station (Check out Tip 2)
- Dirty diaper containment
- Baby Swing or a Bouncer
- A place to store clothes and other baby items
These are really the only things a newborn must have, anything other than those is extra. You can easily get by with this simple list of items for your baby’s room.
Don’t worry about all the extra things. Your baby will have everything they need.
Tip 4: Make the Room Look Bigger
Keeping colors light and bright will make the room appear bigger. When choosing bedding and furniture colors, consider white, light gray, and pastels to make the room feel bigger.
Keep surfaces and the floor clear of clutter. Keep all the clutter in light-colored bins on the shelves.
Use art to create a focal point of the furthest point from the door to make the room look bigger than it is.
Just because the room is small doesn’t mean you can pull a little designer magic and make it look bigger than it is.
Tip 5: Store Extra Items in Another Space
With babies come lots of extras. After your baby shower, you will likely have many diapers, clothes of various sizes, wipes, and other extras.
Now you might think that it makes sense to store all those extras in the baby’s room. But with limited space in the baby’s room, you should find an alternative storage area.
If you have no other choice and need to store things in the baby’s room, clear plastic storage containers under the baby’s crib are a good solution for spare clothes and diapers.
The more things you can store out of the baby’s room, the bigger the room will feel.
Tip 6: Room Lighting is Important
The darker the room, the smaller it will feel. Try choosing lighting that illuminates the room brightly and evenly to make even the smallest space feel bigger.
Lamps and hanging lighting can make a major difference in the room. You will also want to have the ability to dim lights and to turn on specific lights for different tasks like changing the baby at night.
If you are renting and want lights that you can use and not risk your security deposit, consider floor lamps or hanging lamps like this lightweight one that you can hang with command ceiling hooks that leave no holes in the ceiling.
Stick with the light and pastel color theme when choosing lights. A floor light that is the same color as the walls will blend into the wall instead of standing out like an accent piece.
Tip# 7 Double Purpose Nursery Furniture
Choosing double-duty pieces or offering hidden storage in your limited space nursery will be the best choice for bigger purchases.
Instead of buying a changing table and a dresser, use the magic rolling changing station and a changing pad on top of a dresser to create a place to change your baby easily.
Another piece that can serve a double purpose is storage ottomans. You can sit on them and store toys, blankets, or stuffed animals inside.
Tip# 8 Look for More Narrow Pieces of Large Furniture
Dressers and even cribs can be found in smaller sizes to make the room feel larger. Look for dressers that are narrow but wide enough to put a changing pad on top. Most changing pads are about 16 inches wide. Painting the dresser the same color as the walls will work almost like camouflage, making it seem less cumbersome in the room.
A mini crib is another great option. Most mini cribs will last until your child is about 2 to 3 years old, and this one even will convert into a day bed or twin bed once your child is ready to leave their crib behind.
Narrow furniture is going to leave you more square footage of floor space.
Tip # 9 Over The Door Storage Hangers
Another great place to find some hidden storage is using over-the-door storage hangers. They make them for nurseries that will blend in with your decor, or you can hang them inside the closet for easy access to things you need frequently.
You could place some stuffed toys, diaper cream, extra pacifiers (trust me, you do not want to be searching for those in the middle of the night), and even wipes. Any small things you need frequently but don’t want to leave sitting around can find a home in an over-the-door storage hanger.
You can even keep a couple of extra water bottles and pantry-stable snacks in there for nursing sessions.
Having a small space for your baby’s room doesn’t have to limit you or leave you with a room you hate. With a few tricks of designer magic (more narrow furniture, light colors, and bright lighting) and creative thinking, your baby’s room can be a welcoming space for you to spend with your little one.