Living in an apartment can create a challenge for your space planning activity. Living WITH A BABY in an apartment is another thing. There are so many considerations, right? Finding ways on how to settle on the final layout and nursery room furniture for your tiny home may upset you, but fret not!

Small Space for Small Proportions

Think of it this way: this nursery room is for your baby! Yes, and while that logic may sound obvious and silly... Let us take you to the introduction of spaces and proportion. If you’ve read our previous blog post, we’ve talked about designing a black & white nursery and keeping in mind the amount of traffic in the baby’s room. Similarly, this applies not only to colour-limited areas but to downsized rooms as well.

Small space solutions are possible. Who will be occupying this room? Who will be frequenting it? This sets the foundation that your small space nursery will only accommodate those who need it – majority of that would be your baby.

Decorating Small Spaces on a Budget

The tricky part with small spaces are the baby furniture. Bulky and floor-consuming as they are, it is better to invest in a couple of essential items for the first few months of your child’s life and then add along as you go. The upside is, home decorating ideas on a budget for small spaces are within reach and are easy to do.

Here are some tips:

  1. Instead of buying a floor mirror, consider installing a raw mirror slab and incorporating it into your wall. Mirrors can create the illusion of a bigger space when used appropriately. If you can’t afford the slab, buy a small one and gather tissue paper rolls. Check out this DIY from Praktic Ideas

    You can also try this DIY for an elegant wall decor using mirror squares. Simply trace your paper on Cricut paper or plain decal paper, spray with frosted glass paint, remove the paper and voila!
  2. Choose nursery furniture that is multipurpose. For example, a cot that has an underneath chest drawer could be a great storage for baby clothes, baby bedding and baby gifts.
  3. Make use of dead spaces like the wall, ceiling and at the back of the nursery room door for extra storage.
  4. Furbish a fold down changing table that can be turned into a study desk or ironing board should you decide to convert the baby’s bedroom in the future. You may also opt for a dresser drawer to use as your changing table with complementing essentials within your reach.
  5. Cut down on costs by using wire basket racks to use as a diaper supply board near your changing area.
  6. Use furniture with clean lines and pair it with decor in bright shades for a pop of colour.
  7. Use light colors for your nursery room, such as blue or black and white. The simpler the look, the wider the space will appear.

But My Apartment Is Still Too Small!

If having your baby’s own nursery is not an option, you can opt to merge it with your room. Most moms would find this reassuring because bedroom ideas like this allow the crib to be adjacent to their sleeping area.

If the above set-up doesn’t apply to you, and you have a small closet storage to spare in your apartment, another interior design idea you can use is to utilize this as your baby bedroom instead. Fill it with only the basic furniture and baby nursery decor to make it less lonely. Some apartments have a lower ceiling height, so should this be the case, you may use nursery wall decor or wall stickers to increase the illusion of space.

Why Choose A Small Nursery Design

Bedroom ideas for your infant can vary from simple to decorative; yet keeping it minimal makes it peaceful for you and your baby. As long as the room provides its function, you can count that your little one will grow in a baby-safe environment and doing the daily mommy tasks will be much convenient.

  • Less Space, Less Clutter, Less Maintenance
    Are you an expecting mom and you’re bound to work 3 months after your delivery? Chances are you won’t have much time to do the cleanup around the house – much less with the nursery. Your body is still in the recuperating stage so best to allow yourself to save hours of daunting pick-ups for dirty baby clothing or diapers. Using fresh, pastel colors will make the nursery room bigger and brighter and you can easily spot messes and spills.
  • Serves Its Function – Straight and Simple
    As mentioned, the nursery is primarily for your baby. A lot of parents fret about the design component, but you have to keep in mind that it’s your infant who will be here most of the time. A crib or a cot is a major furniture, followed by a changing table and some storage.
  • Revert It Easily
    Input equals output. This is true in most cases where parents forget to limit the amount of stuff inside the nursery and the next thing they know is when they have to convert it to a closet or guest room, they’ll essentially remove a ton of unwanted objects.

7 Nursery Room Inspirations For You

Ready to get started on your baby bedroom? Let us help you with some neat ideas!

A good palette for a nursery room could be mint and orange with a base of white paint for walls. This kind of colour scheme creates a fresh and fun appeal.

Instill the learning experience in your child at an early age by creating a knowledge-friendly room. You can choose to put globes and books so these are within reach when your child is a toddler and is very eager to learn.

Clean lines and neutral tones such as beige and deep dark wood can draw the eyes to seeing more light if the walls are painted in a light colour such as ecru or white.

You may also use cool colours like blue which can create a well-balanced and spacious vision of your baby’s bedroom, like this nursery which uses blue cohesively on the baby furniture and accessories. Learn more about decorating a blue nursery here.

When sticking to plain designs, remember to put depth in the nursery by using colourful and decorative patterns.

Or make it sophisticated by using warm tones of wood with white.

If you have a high ceiling, you can put the pattern on it to lower the visual height and make it parallel to the floor by creating the same effect using a patterned rug. This way, the walls will look wider than usual. Top it off with an arm chair and an ottoman in a solid colour (in the above example, it’s in velvet blue) to function as your seat.

Now that we’ve given you a handful of tips for creating and designing a nursery in a small space, what tip or room do you think is your favourite? Do you have any other ideas to share? Let us know in the comments and we might feature you on our next post!