Working with a small space for the nursery room doesn’t have to be a challenge. Actually, smaller nursery rooms can end up looking and feeling warmer and cozier. With the right furniture, layout and décor, you won’t have to cut corners, and you’ll still get the most beautiful room for your baby.
1. Play with wall colours, stickers and wallpaper
Since you don’t have a lot of room for the nursery, you want to avoid unnecessary clutter. However, effective décor can be achieved with wall paint, wallpaper, stickers and mural art. That said, you have plenty of creative freedom. You can paint each wall in a different shade, create accent walls, use photo wallpaper or other kid-friendly wallpaper options available on the market and even interesting and fun wall stickers, perfect for the nursery. This will transform the room effectively without taking up the space. Just make sure to use VOC-free paint.
2. Position the crib the right way
The next step should involve the most important piece of furniture when the nursery is concerned, which is a crib. Obviously, you want to get a top-quality crib and mattress that will grow with your baby and feel comfortable. In general, you should try your best to avoid positioning the crib right next to the windows or radiator. But, if you have to pick one or the other, go with windows and make sure that your child won’t be able to pull on the window treatments. You can also try to position the crib in the corner diagonally if that would work for your particular space.
3. The nursing area
Now that you have your walls and crib all sorted out, it’s time to deal with the nursing area. In general, you want to have a comfortable armchair and maybe even an ottoman for your nursing nook. That way, you’ll feel comfortable when nursing your baby, and you’ll also be able to keep your nursing pillow on the chair. If you want to protect the chair from stains, use a slip-on cover. Surprisingly, white works well in this case since it can be bleached easily.
4. Storage and change table
The biggest problem for small nurseries probably has to do with adequate storage and the change table area. However, thanks to the practical change table design, you won’t really have to separate the two and waste space unnecessarily. That said, you can easily find a smaller-size change table that comes equipped with drawers as well as a detachable topper. Place it close to your nursing nook and you’ll be all set. Of course, if you need additional storage, you can always utilize empty vertical space and install hanging cabinets on the wall across the crib.
5. Shelves and additional décor
Thanks to the paintwork, wallpaper and/or stickers, you already have a nicely decorated nursery room. But, you can always do something extra, even in smaller nurseries. For starters, you can choose a colourful ottoman and decorative cushions. Furthermore, if there’s some empty space on your walls, don’t hesitate to put up a floating shelf. This is where you can display a couple of fun toys your baby would love. However, don’t go overboard with plushies right from the start as babies can’t really play with them and they’ll only collect dust, which can lead to allergies.
It would be best to start working on your nursery at least a couple of months before the baby arrives. However, if you plan to have your baby sleeping with you in your room for the first six months or so, you can take the time to finish the nursery preparations accordingly.