Nursery ideas for small rooms

You need to get creative when you’re living in a small apartment and try to create a nursery for your baby. Sometimes the space you have available doesn’t allow for your dream nursery. But with some organizational tips and space-saving storage options, you can make it work. This guide will give you ideas on making the most of your small nursery space, so you can keep everything you need for your baby in one place without overcrowding the room.

Choose a theme or color scheme.

Start by choosing a design theme for your baby’s nursery. Once you have determined where to put your baby, start designing and choosing your favorite furniture. It is up to you if you want bright or neutral colors in the room. In your baby’s room, there must be three essential zones sleeping, diapering, and feeding.

Create a floor plan and figure out the best placement for the crib. Add the rest of the nursery furniture and move the pieces around until you have a floor plan that works. Consider setting up the nursing nook at an angle to break up the space and make it appear more open.

Some go for jungle-themed decor, ocean-themed decor, or fairytale-themed decor. That also depends on gender and matching the design with the rest of the house. Settling your theme will help you decide what furniture and decor you put in your nursery.

The color white can open up a space, making it ideal for a smaller nursery room. Choose a soft white paint color or wallpaper which can help make the room seem larger. The white color combination with white furniture can help extend that feeling. At the same time, you get a soothing atmosphere, which keeps your baby calm and soothed. Keeping a room neutral and white makes the smaller nursery feel large and bright. White paint reflects light and gives a canvas for your nursery design.

When working with a small space, stick with simple furniture that is simple, modern, and has a smaller profile. An oval crib helps with the flexibility to maneuver into tight spaces. Curves are pleasing to the eye and add flow to the nursery design. A crib and storage fit in a closet, thereby minimizing space. 

Use accent colors and patterns like stripes in your baby’s room to make narrow spaces seem wider. Whites, gray, navy, neutrals, and citrus are colors that make your nursery look big. Paint the walls to make small rooms appear bigger. Paint the ceiling with a different color than the rest of the walls for a decorating effect and to make the room seem larger. 

Utilize vertical space

Install shelves that serve multiple purposes. You can have one with a hanging rod attached to hang up a few of the baby’s outfits. Such multi-purpose furniture is an asset in small spaces.

When it comes to maximizing vertical space in a small room, use wall hooks. That way, you get to maximize the storage. Hang large canvas bags from each knob, and stuff them full of toys, plush animals, socks, and anything else the baby may use. 

Use multiple storage options, although they are difficult to fit into small spaces. Invest in furniture that functions for multiple purposes, keeping all your necessities within reach without taking up extra room. Use drawers to achieve this. 

Focus on filling vertical space, choosing shelving that extends from floor to ceiling. Opt for items you often use to go on lower shelves and keep decorative items higher up.

Do not remove the closet door as you try to create space. Put it to good use by mounting additional shelves inside the door, to hold extra items. Add a pegboard with small hooks to hang items. That way, you can keep things close by and accessible. Customize your closet to your preference.

For maximum nursery storage, use a crib with drawers or baskets under the crib to store and organize the baby’s blankets and toys. Inside drawers and shelves, also keep baby toys, diapers, and books.

Create your own hanging closet storage crates. These can be customized to match your nursery’s decor and are perfect for holding larger items. Double your hanging space since baby clothes are tinted. There is no point in keeping the hanging space long when you do not have enough space. 

Invest in multifunctional furniture

Choose a multi-purpose baby crib. Combine the crib with the changing station to maximize space. Sometimes the smaller crib does not work for you because the bay is growing older, or you keep buying more clothes and items for the bay. Combine the crib with a changing table and some drawers for under-crib storage.

Remove the closet doors to give the room an open-concept feel, reserving a more usable space. A changing station in the closet saves space. You can buy a crib that has drawers attached to it. Then you have a bed and dresser all in one. Take advantage of any doors in the room to add more storage by hanging things on the door. It keeps them organized and saves space.

When setting up a nursery in a small room, incorporate multi-purpose nursery furniture such as a dresser. A nursery dresser makes a diapering station and has lots of space for storing baby clothes.

Use storage solutions creatively.

Instead of using a floor lamp for soft lighting, try mounting a sconce on the wall to free up some space. A small amount of light is handy when babysitting. Use a small wall-mounted lamp as an addition without taking up space. Make use of the available wall space. Shelving is a way of creating more space. Not only does it maximize space but decorates your room. 

Don’t be afraid to go minimal.

You may as well use natural lighting rather than mounting more lights to minimize space. Allow natural light in as much as possible. Indoor lighting is a viable option, but natural light gives the room a great look and feel of a space. Do not cover up those windows too much. You can still use your privacy by using blinds that can fully cover the window when needed but can be lifted, to allow the sun to shine through.

Keeping your nursery simple starts with decluttering and removing unnecessary furniture and baby decor. You might be fussy about following trends, but that will cost you if you do not have more space. If you cannot afford additional storage, your small nursery looks untidy. Stick to the necessary items. 


In conclusion,  having a small space in your house or bedroom does not mean you cannot create space for your baby. Be creative, improvise some storage space, maximize the space by adding hanging drops, baskets, shelves, and drawers and declutter your room. 

Do not keep unnecessary staff. As your baby grows up, some clothes can no longer fit, and some items become irrelevant to the age. Get rid of these and keep your space minimal. You can still have those decorations, paintings, and accessories, but only if you plan well and stick to your design.

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