How To Maximize Space In A Small Nursery

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Not everyone in the world is blessed with a large baby room space for a nursery. Others needed to take care of their little ones in a very small area so they need to maximize their space. If you’re one of these people, you may wonder: how do I maximize space in a small nursery?

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with a couple of tips and tricks. It’s just a matter of adjusting your surroundings and going for furniture and cribs that are space-saving as a whole.

Tips on Maximizing Space in a Nursery

Here are some ways you can maximize the space you have in a small nursery:

  1. Consider choosing the right crib setup. The best place to put a crib is against a wall and away from the windows for safety. They can also be put in a corner of the room but make sure they are well-ventilated. Also, do consider buying a crib for small spaces.
  2. Look for multipurpose furniture. For instance, you may opt for a large closet instead of having a separate dresser to save space. Or, you can use the top of a dresser to use as a changing table (e.g. changing pads) - make sure it's sturdy and stable enough.
  3. Measure your room before you buy furniture. You can do this by using a tape measure and you can notch it up by using boxes to simulate furniture that you're going to place in the room. In this way, you can get an estimate on how the nursery would feel when you place the actual furniture in there.
  4. Don't forget to consider foot traffic. No one wants to step into a baby room that's full of clutter - consider having more space for you to walk around easily. Make sure each part of the room has efficiency when you use it to take care of your baby (e.g. reaching for diapers can be a few steps away).
  5. Try vertical storage. Some baby rooms have those woven baskets that can be hung up so you can store other baby items such as toys, clothing, and the like. They work best for small nurseries.
  6. Keep some items under the bed. This may be common sense, but putting items that you don’t need all the time under the bed can save a ton of square feet in your baby nursery.

Choosing a Crib

If you want a crib for small spaces, you should consider the following features:

  1. Wheels. Having wheels can be a great plus point so that you can easily move the crib from one part of the room to another.
  2. Foldable. Having a foldable body also helps if you want to move the crib to another part of the room (or house).
  3. Integrated drawers and changing table. These can make the crib multitasking furniture and can save serious amounts of space.


To wrap it up, a small nursery doesn’t mean you cannot put a lot of items in there – you just need to adjust and make the most out of every baby item and choose them wisely. There are many baby furniture out there that are space-saving due to being integrated or multipurpose.

Guest post by Sophia Nguyen:

Sophia Nguyen is the founder of “Healthy Baby Happy Earth” website. She is a blogger, and she loves writing about babies and helping the parents by providing only the most useful information.  Follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram

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Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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