Second bedroom just a glorified cupboard? Try these clever ways to create a nursery out of nothing
Woo-hoo! It’s finally time to move your baby into his own room (meaning you can now have the light on, read, watch TV and even, erm, do other stuff without disturbing junior). However, before you can slip into your La Perla, you might be faced with the problem of lack of space. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, it’s often little more than a box room and fitting in a cot can be a challenge. But, luckily, we know the tricks to maximise the room you do have.
Choose Tall Furniture
To take advantage of every inch of space, think height rather than width, and look for tall and narrow furniture. Just make sure you store essentials close to hand for night-time emergency access.
No Wardrobe? No Problem
If space is tight, don’t worry about having a wardrobe for tiny baby and toddler clothes. If you don’t want to fold them in drawers, hang them on vintage-style hangers, hooks or even a coat rack on nursery walls. Bombay Duck have some lovely decorative hooks (from £7, bombayduck.com). For more space-saving ideas, read Children’s Spaces From Zero To Ten by Judith Wilson (£14.99, Ryland, Peters & Small).
Make Space Out Of Nothing
Grab extra inches by replacing wardrobe doors with voile panels (so you won’t have to leave space for the doors to open). Or use curtains to cover up unattractive storage areas. Just buy curtain wire from John Lewis or Ikea, then attach with hooks to the cupboard frame and thread on the fabric. John Lewis do a kit with wire and hooks (from £1.25, johnlewis.com).
Compact Changing Mat
No room for a bulky changing table? A model that folds into the wall is a nifty option – try the Antilop (£65, ikea.com, see pic). We also love their Hensvik cabinet (£65), with an integral changing table that converts to a shelf unit. For a budget option, look for a changer that can rest on the cot (from £19.99, babiesrus.co.uk).
Clever Storage Solution
If fitting in a chest of drawers will be a squeeze, use the space under cots and cupboards. Buy wicker storage baskets that you can fill with clothes, bedding, toys or toiletries, then slot underneath.
Space Saving Shelves
Shelves are your biggest space-saving heroes, as they’ll keep the floor clutter-free and make any room feel larger. Use them to stash toys, nappies and toiletries. Or add floating shelves – these free up room underneath for other furniture or for your baby to play. Corner shelving units also make great use of free space. For more inspiration, read Pretty Pastel Style by Selena Lake (£15, Ryland, Peters & Small).
Fitting A Cot Into A Small Space
Smaller than average cots are a smart idea. We like the Sleepi Mini (£399, stokke.com) that converts to a larger size as your baby grows. Or the Alma Mini (£300, bloombaby.com), a folding cot that can be used for the first year. Make the most of any recesses, too. A cot cosy enough to fit in a corner will help you gain space.
Are you converting a teeny room into a baby haven? Let us know your nursery decorating tips in the comments box below.