Since finding out I was pregnant, one thing I've been SO EXCITED about is creating a beautiful nursery for my baby. Like so many couples of our generation, my partner and I live in an apartment, which means a little less space than what we'd have living in a house!
So to help us make the most of the space we have, I asked Steve Cenatiempo, MD at Tasman Eco to share his top five tips on how to maximise space in our nursery.
Plan the layout before you buy anything
Planning is essential! Before you buy any products for the nursery you need to ensure that they will all fit in the room and that they will work cohesively. This is why new parents should always make sure that they plan the layout as a first step – not only will it avoid purchasing furniture that later needs to be returned (which can be stressful), but it will also help them to create the ideal room that they are happy with first go!
Include furniture that can serve multiple purposes
When working with a small room you want to use all available space and be savvy where you can. Pieces of furniture that can serve multiple purposes such as Tasman Eco’s Vogue Chest that can also act as a baby change table are a great way to maximise the space while still ensuring that you have everything you need in the nursery when your little one arrives.
Ditch the closet door
When planning the layout for a nursery, the positioning of furniture makes all the difference for how you can maximise space. Closet doors can often limit the options for placement of furniture, but removing them not only opens the space up, giving you more room, it also offers more decorating options. Try a patterned curtain that fits the overall theme of your room and that still serves the practical purpose of hiding everything in the closet when you don’t want to see it.
Storage, storage and more storage!
A place for everything and everything in its place. Storage is key to maximising the space that you DO have in the nursery. Adding a second rail in a closet can increase capacity and installing shelves at the bottom means you have even more space to allocate to things such as nappies, toys and anything else you need easy access to. Once baby comes organisation will be key to helping you stay on top of it all and that is why storage is so important, it will help you know where everything is and not have to spend time (that you don’t have) searching for things you need.
Get vertical to reclaim unused space
Unused space can often be utilised, you just need to know how. Wall hooks are one great way to get vertical, as are floating shelves that allow you to display treasures without compromising on space that could be used otherwise (e.g. baby wipes and cream on a dresser being moved and replaced with a my first money box from Grandma).
If you also have unused space behind the bedroom door where nothing else can fit, you can build a vertical library. The best part? This DIY creation can grow with your child!