With everything required to set up a baby's room, choosing the right décor, furniture, storage options and more are necessary to make the baby's nursery look as big as possible. As such, there are many considerations to keep in mind before purchasing basics for the space to keep it feeling open and airy versus cluttered and claustrophobic.
It is understandable that after finding out a baby is on the way that expecting parents want to get started on their newborn's nursery. However, because so much time will be spent in the space after the baby is born, it is best to have a plan in place about how to best use the space available and a strategy to make the space look as large as possible before anything is purchased.
6Focus On What Is Essential First
When it comes to setting up a nursery, there are only a few essential items that are required. They include a crib, a changing table, and a seating area for feedings, according to Nursery Design Studio. Everything else is added for aesthetics.
It should first be determined where each piece of furniture is going to go. For those who have a large window as a focal point in the nursery, leaving that unobstructed will help the room appear larger. In this case, a changing table may prove to fit well just under the window to accomplish this.
Putting furniture flat against the wall will also help to make the area look larger. If the furniture is placed at angles or put in the corner, erasing the sharp clean corners, the space can appear much smaller than it is.
5Not-So-Bulky Furniture Is Better
The lighter the room is, the more open it feels. And when dealing with a small space for a nursery, it is imperative to make it feel as spacious as possible via color.
While larger rooms can get away with darker colors or even an accent wall, smaller rooms cannot do so. The darker the color a room is painted, the smaller in appearance it becomes. As such, if a small room is painted dark, it can have the feeling of being in a cramped cave.
By choosing a light color palette, that color should start on the walls and continue through to the décor. The more everything matches and ties together, the larger in appearance the room becomes.
2Storage, Storage, Storage
Having a place for everything in a small nursery is key to having the space appear larger. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this that will not only make the nursery feel more spacious than it is but will not take up any extra precious square footage either.
According to The Bump, one way to add storage space to the room is to transform the top of a dresser into a changing table. By doing so, the ability to change the baby is still there, but there is increased storage space that has been added as a result of this small change.
Under the crib is another place to look to store items, according to Best Health. Not only will storage containers not detract from the look of the room, but they can also keep quite a bit organized and are easily accessible when it comes to grabbing items such as diapers, burp cloths, and the like.
1Be Creative In How The Room Is Used
If the room simply is too small to fit a crib, changing table, and chair for feeding, change up how the room is used.
One easy way to add space to a room is to repurpose the closet. As such, according to The Spruce, by taking the closet doors off, extra space is suddenly added that will accommodate furniture.
Once the doors of the closet are taken off, the space can be transformed into a cozy sleeping alcove. The curtains that come with baby bedding can be put up in the closet space (out of baby's reach, of course) to tie the sleeping area into the rest of the room. Not only will it add space but the area will look it was always a part of the room by doing this as well.
If not comfortable with putting the crib in the closet, the changing table or dresser can be put into the area as well. And by doing this, clothing can still be hung in the closet to keep some closet storage available, which is necessary for a space of this size.
Whatever the choice, by removing one piece of furniture from the walls in the living space into the closet, the overall look of the nursery will appear larger and more spacious for those spending any time in the room.