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Over the years, I’ve worked with over 200 clients. In all that time, I’ve only worked with a handful that didn’t have space challenges in the nursery. Typically, the nursery is the smallest room in the house—a guest room, office, or even a corner of the master bedroom that needs to be converted. Even in rooms that are a good size, placement of doors and windows can cause floor planning problems, especially since there are added safety concerns in nurseries.
Luckily, there are so many great options to help make a small space nursery feel bigger, more open, and functional. Here are some of my top tips:
Mini cribs are fantastic for smaller spaces. They are still large enough to use for quite a while, but are small enough to save space. As an added bonus, a lot of mini cribs have casters on the feet, so you can roll it around the house and use it in different rooms. Because of their smaller size, you can also use it in the master bedroom in place of a bassinet, and then simply move it to the nursery when you’re ready to transition. Regular size cribs are too large to fit through the door, so that’s not an option. Do make sure to measure your doorway if you plan to do this, even for a mini crib!
Keep It Light and Bright
Dark colors make a room feel smaller, so if you’re working with a small space, keep the walls a light color. There are also things you can do to enhance the brightness of a space, such as harnessing the natural light. If you have a window, keep the curtains open when you can. Add a table lamp or a floor lamp if your natural light isn’t great, and add a nice wall mirror to bounce the light around.
Use your walls for storage! There are a lot of products now that are shallow enough so they don’t stick out into the room, but still provide much needed storage. Book ledges are a great option if you don’t have room for a bookcase. You can also make use of wall hooks, small wall cabinets and floating shelves.
Use the Nursery For Sleeping Only
If your nursery space is really tight, you can always put the changing station in the living room or bathroom. It’s not the most convenient, but it works in a pinch. You can also keep toys in a storage bench in the living room—I particularly like this idea because is accomplishes two things: 1. It keeps playtime in the rooms where you are more likely to be able to supervise, and 2. It provides the opportunity to teach your baby how to clean up and put toys away since they are in a shared area.
Keep It Organized
Clutter makes a room feel smaller. If you have a small space, keep it organized and clean! You can use boxes and bins to store toys and clothes, and keep things that are out folded and neat.
Maximize The Closet
Squeeze every last drop of storage out of the closet. Many closets are not designed specifically for nursery needs, so add in an extra wardrobe bar, get some storage bins, and plan out the type of items you need to store (and keep in mind that it will change with baby). Flexibility is key!
About the Author:
Naomi Alon is the owner of Little Crown Interiors, a design studio in Southern California offering local and nationwide e-design services just for nurseries and children’s spaces.
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