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27th March 2021

Innovative Nursery Ideas for Small Rooms

You're designing a nursery! It's an exciting time for new parents, creating a warm and welcoming space for your new bundle of joy. However, designing a nursery in a small space can present unique challenges. Fear not, for we are here to guide you through it. In this article, we will look at innovative design ideas, storage solutions, furniture options, and decor schemes suitable for small nurseries.

So let your creativity flow as we explore how to make your compact nursery a cosy and functional haven for your little one.

Selecting the Right Furniture

Choosing the right furniture is very important in small nurseries where every square cm counts. Opt for space-saving options and look for furniture that serves multiple purposes.

Start by considering a convertible cot like the fan favourite, Aspen Range. This versatile design can be adjusted as your baby grows, transforming from a bassinet to a cot, to a toddler bed. Investing in a convertible cot ensures that it can adapt and grow with your child, saving you both space and money in the long run.

How to Maximize Storage in Limited Spaces?

When it comes to small nurseries, effective storage solutions are critical. In addition to utilising vertical space with floating shelves and wall hooks, think outside the box and explore every nook and cranny for storage potential.

One clever solution is to take advantage of the space underneath your cot by adding storage containers or drawers such as the, Mocka Under Cot Storage. These hidden gems provide extra storage while utilizing space that is often overlooked. It's the perfect place to store extra diapers, blankets, and other baby essentials, keeping them within arm's reach yet neatly tucked away.

Designing a small nursery calls for innovative and practical solutions. An innovative way to utilising space is with vertical storage options. Hang baskets or wall-mounted shelves like the Sarah Scalloped Wall Shelf to utilise wall and door space. These options allow you to store diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and other small items without taking up floor space. Utilise the back of the door with hanging organizers to store blankets, clothes, or shoes. By thinking outside the box, you can find hidden storage opportunities that maximize space while keeping everything organized and within reach.

Additionally, invest in modular storage solutions. These versatile systems allow you to rearrange and add onto them as your needs change. You can customize the configuration to fit your specific storage requirements, ensuring that the nursery remains organised and functional throughout your child's growth.

If you're looking for a fun DIY project and have a spare unused closet, consider transforming it into a functional space for all your baby essentials by installing shelves and using hanging organisers. Or with a bit of creativity, you can turn this storage space into a functional and charming play space for your little one by removing the doors. Here a few options on how to transform a plain wardrobe into a magical little space that aligns with the nursery theme:

  • Reading Corner: Install a small bookshelf or floating shelves, add a comfy chair, throw in some plush cushions and soft lighting for a delightful reading nook.
  • Dress-Up Station: Hang hooks or install a low rod for tiny outfits, place a small mirror, and add storage bins for accessories to create a charming dress-up area.
  • Toy Haven: Utilise bins, baskets, and shelving to organize toys neatly, creating a dedicated play space that's easily accessible for your little one.
  • Nature Retreat: Infuse a touch of nature by incorporating planters or nature-themed wall decals, creating a serene and green nook within the closet.

Remember, the possibilities are endless. Tailor the nook to fit the nursery's aesthetic and make it a whimsical space your little one will adore.

When it comes to designing a small space, it's essential to choose furniture and storage options that make the most of every cm. Despite the common misconception that small furniture is the way to go when furnishing a compact area, it's actually more beneficial to choose larger storage options rather than several smaller pieces of furniture that are bursting at the seams. By opting for a bigger storage unit, like the Genevieve Six Drawer or Betti Bobbin Tallboy, you not only conserve valuable floor space, but you also create an elegant and tidy environment where everything has its place. This will help you avoid cluttered and cramped spaces, giving you a feeling of spaciousness and providing practical storage solutions that accommodate all your needs.

TIP: To maximize space efficiency, select a dresser that doubles as a changing table, our Hamptons Change Table is a perfect choice with an abundance for storage space. These multifunctional pieces provide storage for clothes, diapers, and other essentials, while also offering a convenient changing station on top. By combining two essential items into one, you can optimize space without sacrificing functionality.

Additionally, consider incorporating a slim occasional chair or rocking chair. These compact seating options provide a cosy spot for feeding, cuddling, and bonding with your baby, without overwhelming the room's footprint.

Creative Decor and Colour Schemes

Transforming a small space into a visually appealing nursery can be achieved through creative decor and colour schemes. Consider using light and airy colours, such as soft pastels, neutral tones, and shades of white. These hues create a sense of openness and brightness, making the room feel larger and more inviting.

Introducing patterns and textures through curtains, rugs, or wallpaper can add depth and visual interest to the space. Create a lively and whimsical environment for your little one by incorporating playful prints, like polka dots, stripes, or floral motifs.

Strategic placement of mirrors can also work wonders in a small nursery. Adding a mirror to one or more of the walls can create the illusion of extra space, reflecting light and making the room appear larger. Choose a stylish mirror that complements the overall design while serving as a functional and decorative element in the nursery.

Thoughtful lighting choices can further enhance the overall aesthetic of the space. Adding a pendant light or wall sconces to add a touch of style and sophistication. These lighting fixtures not only provide ample illumination for the nursery but also contribute to the overall ambiance and design.

Stylish Organisational Solutions

Organisation is key in maintaining a clutter-free nursery. Stylish organisational solutions not only keep things tidy but also add to the overall aesthetics of the room. Choose storage containers made of natural materials like woven rattan for an organic touch or sleek wooden boxes for a modern feel. These containers not only serve as practical storage solutions but also contribute to the overall visual appeal of the nursery.

To keep things organised and easily accessible, it's highly recommended to label storage containers. By clearly labelling each container or drawer, you can quickly locate specific items, saving valuable time and reducing frustration during those late-night diaper changes.

Planning for the Future

Lastly, when designing a small nursery, it's essential to plan for the future. Babies grow quickly, and their needs evolve with time. To accommodate these changes, choose furniture that can adapt and grow with your child. Look for cots that convert into toddler beds, ensuring that you won't need to purchase additional furniture as your child transitions from infancy to toddlerhood.

Investing in modular furniture that can be rearranged or expanded upon as needed is also a practical choice. These versatile pieces allow you to adapt the nursery layout as your child's needs change, providing flexibility and longevity to your design.


Designing a nursery in a small space may come with its challenges, but it also presents a wonderful opportunity for creativity and innovation. By utilising effective storage solutions, selecting space-saving furniture, incorporating creative decor and colour schemes, and prioritizing organisation, you can create a welcoming and functional nursery for your little one.

Remember, it's not about the size of the space, but the love and care you put into creating a warm and cosy environment for your bub. With these design tips and ideas, you can transform your small nursery into a haven that is practical, stylish, and perfectly tailored to your growing family's needs. So, get inspired and start transforming your compact nursery into a beautiful space that will nurture your little one's growth and bring joy to your heart.

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