After receiving the news of an impending arrival and celebrating with friends and family alike, focus quickly turns to the home and where the new addition is going to sleep and house its clothes, toys, nappies and everything else that comes with a newborn baby! More often than not the smallest ‘box’ room is chosen for the baby – afterall they can’t take up that much room can they? You would be surprised!! When designing a small nursery, therefore, it is necessary to do a bit of planning and to try to think of nursery décor ideas to use the limited space as efficiently as possible.
Choosing Nursery Furniture
Dark furniture in a small room can make the room look even smaller – choose light coloured woods or white to give a clean and crisp look.
A cot or cot bed is a necessity once they have grown out of their moses basket or crib. There are many space saving cots on the market, which are aimed at smaller rooms, or you might choose to purchase a cot at 60x120cm rather than a cot bed at 70x140cm. When the choice is between a wardrobe and a chest of drawers to house the babies clothes I prefer a chest. A chest of drawers is far more versatile. The top of the chest can be used to change the baby with the addition of a changing tray to keep the baby secure. The top drawers of the chest can then be used to keep all the nappies, wipes and creams. Keeping areas as clutter free as possible in a small nursery is really important. Finally, you will need somewhere to feed the baby. You may decide to add a nursing chair to the room or you may decide that you are happy to feed the baby in a different room. Eitherway you need to make sure that you choose a comfy chair since you may find yourself spending a lot of time there!
Nursery Space Saving Ideas
When choosing nursery furniture for a small baby room it is important to bear in mind not only the size and necessity but also the colour.
The cot provides a number of space saving opportunities. If you do not wish to change your baby on a chest or have no room for a separate changing unit, a changing top for the cot is a great nursery idea to save space and money. Many cots also come with either built in drawers at the bottom or a separate drawer unit, again providing using storage when space is small. Shelving also makes use of empty wall space – rather than a freestanding bookcase taking up valuable floor space. Book shelves can be a design feature in themselves – little boys would love a bi-plane shelf whilst little girls may prefer a girly pink shelf to home their favourite bedtime stories and pictures.
Nursery Décor Ideas In A Small Room
A few splashes of colour through nursery artwork looks great in a small room and if you have chosen white furniture and walls it creates the perfect base for some fun! It is still important, however, to keep the sizes small so as not to engulf the room. Choosing a personalised piece is always lovely and is something that can be kept as the child grows up. You may also choose to add some colour by adding a cot mobile to help the little one sleep. Finally, height charts and children’s clocks also take up minimal space and can be used to personalise a little ones room.
Owner of Custard & Crumble an online luxury nursery furniture and nursery décor store, Rachel is also Mum to one, Jack.