When bringing a new baby into the world you’ll be buying and and registering for alllll the things for your baby’s nursery. Mostly because it’s where all the action happens—action meaning sleep (hopefully), changing, feeding, etc.
But if your tiny human is going to be moving into a small-ish space, you might be stressing about how you’re going to fit your online registry into your real-life nursery. So, before you go on a shopping spree, consider our top 5 space-saving tips:
1. Utilize your wall space
When working in a small area, the key to maintaining functionality is making use of your vertical space.
- Wall mount your must-haves: purchase a wall or crib hung monitor and sound machine to avoid the need for end tables or bulky furniture.
- Get rid of bins and baskets: put toys and books on shelves instead.
- Avoid large stand up toys: skip the rocking horses and plush giraffes. Instead, find wall artwork that adds character.
- Maximize storage: add functional shelves to closets and built in storage.
2. Invest in multi-use furniture
Cribs and changing tables can be bulky, not to mention costly. Investing in smaller furniture with multiple uses is a great way to maximize your space (and save some money!).
- Get the right crib: find a small framed crib with storage built in underneath.
- Skip the changing table: put your changing pad on top of the dresser or buy a 2- in -1 dresser/changing table combo.
- Choose a small area rug: this will make the space look larger.
- Replace the large recliner: consider a chair and ottoman combo for feeding and bedtime stories. Ottomans can double as table space and often have storage built in—plus they can be tucked away under cribs or in closets when they’re not being used.
3. Use prints as accents
Prints in a small space can cause things to look very crowded and busy—use prints in small accents around the room to keep things stylish but simple.
- Avoid large graphic print tapestries: choose a small area rug with a print or pattern instead.
- Add a pop without wasting space: look for cute, printed crib sheets.
- Draw the eye: add clean, simple pieces of art to the walls (but be sure to leave room for shelving space!).
4. Make smart use of color & light
- Choose an accent wall: paint one wall a bold color - and choose a soft, neutral one for the remaining three—just make sure you choose a color that will help your baby sleep.
- Take advantage of natural light: Light-blocking shades are a must for bedtime. But when it comes to curtains, choosing a light color and fabric—or skipping them altogether will make the room look bigger and brighter. Also use ceiling or wall mounted lights instead of floor or desk lamps to save space.
- Make your small space look larger: use a mirror on the wall to create the illusion of a larger room.
5. Keep sleep simple
The number one goal of a nursery is to be a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep! Keep it simple by only bringing in the necessities.
- Keep must haves on-hand: extra or too-big clothing and seasonal items can go in storage until you need them.
- Follow safe sleep guidelines: don’t buy pillows, stuffed animals or bulky blankets—they can’t stay in the crib with baby, so they’ll just end up taking up extra space. Use the Zen Sack or Zen Footie PJs as a blanket alternative that both keep baby warm and are gently weighted to help her sleep.