8 Ways to Make a Small Nursery Feel Bigger
You were more than happy to KonMari your wardrobe and declutter your kitchen. But when it comes to your baby’s room, it’s a little harder to pare down the diapers and blankets and stuffed animals — it’s especially challenging when you’re working with anything smaller than a palace. Here are eight ways to make the most of a pint-size nursery.
Ditch the changing table. A stand-alone changing table demands a lot of real estate. Instead, look for a changing table topper and pad that fit over the dresser. Boom: You just doubled your floor space.
Opt for double-duty furniture. The same multipurpose rationale applies to older tots’ playrooms, too: A bookcase with a built-in reading nook provides storage for toys and a place for storytime. (Also, it’s adorable.)
Maximize drawer space. The good news: Baby clothes are small. The bad news: Dressers aren’t exactly sized for them. Make sure no space is going to waste by employing in-drawer dividers, and you’ll be able to store more things out of sight without losing track of where everything is.
Make the crib a storage powerhouse. You thought a crib was just where your baby sleeps? Silly mama: Between canvas units that easily tie onto the railing and models with built-in drawers, the biggest item in your nursery can also be the most useful.
Try horizontal stripes. If you’re not wed to the idea of solid walls (or elephant wallpaper), horizontal stripes visually widen a small space and add a youthful color-block vibe. Whether you go with one accent band or floor-to-ceiling lines, you’ll immediately feel the effect.
Put your walls to work. Like in any other small room, vertical space is your secret weapon. Floating shelves help in two ways: They add additional storage, and they draw the eye upward. (Hint: A slim profile works best here.)
Embrace bins and baskets. Yes, cubbies in a nursery are hardly a novel concept, but portable storage makes putting away toys, blankets and any other oversize item a breeze. You can keep them neutral and seamless or go for bright colors and patterns as a design element—your call.
Create a super-closet. A sole rod might be fine for the hall coat closet, but in here, every inch counts. Look for hanging storage and over-the-door racks to keep smaller items out of sight, and use color-coded hanger dividers to find that lucky onesie in a snap.