Best Nursery Inspiration for Small Spaces
Best Nursery Inspiration for Small Spaces
October 14, 2020

Best Nursery Inspiration for Small Spaces

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Best Nursery Inspiration for Small Spaces

A nursery that’s short on size doesn’t have to be short on style.

We pulled together our best tips for designing a nursery when size isn’t on your side alongside our favorite real nursery photos from our favorite place (Instagram, of course) to inspire you to make the most of any tiny space. We’ve even linked everything to make it super easy for you to get the goods.

Go Small or Go Home

Small Space Nursery

Think your space is too small for a nursery? Think again. This mom turned a closet into a nursery—proving where there’s a will, there’s a way. The secret is maximizing every inch of available space and finding compact furniture and storage options that fit, then adding some artwork for the finishing touches. (📸: @luckyandi)

How to Get the Look: The mini crib is where it’s at for small spaces. Mini cribs roll and fold for easy transport and storage and most babies will be comfortable in them longer than you may think. (Little people love to sleep in cozy little spaces!) The one pictured here is from Stokke; another favorite is the Babyletto Origami Mini Crib. The wallpaper is Modern Herringbone from Livette’s Wallpaper, the mobile is from Crate and Kids and the bird print is from Minted.

Make the Most of Any Space

Small Space Nursery Make the Most of Any Space

This photo looks like a peek into a cheery, bright nursery—but look closely. (And swipe right on IG!) This beautiful boho chic space is a nursery, a laundry room and a walk-in closet all rolled into one. It’s proof that it’s definitely possible to create a special spot for your little one even if you don’t have a room to dedicate just to baby in your small home. Adding a divider like a panel of fabric or a row of shelves and lots of personal touches like a rug, plant and some baskets help to turn a functional space into a more personal one. Does the hum of the dryer count as white noise…? (📸: @thenewsmallhouse)

How to Get the Look: Crate and Kids has a huge selection of fun, modern curtains that can be hung as room dividers to close off a space just for baby in an existing room. Rugs USA has area rugs in any style, from boho to vintage and everything in between, all at really affordable prices. HomeGoods is a go-to for all things storage like baskets and bins.

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Go Bold

Small Space Nursery Go Bold

It sounds a bit counterintuitive, but making a big statement in a small space can actually help bring a tiny room to life. A bold wallpaper or an oversized light fixture are two easy ways to do that. They make an impactful statement and set the style and color palette for the rest of the space. (📸: @smalltownstyleme)

How to Get the Look: Wallpaper has come a long way since you’re grandma’s bathroom. Both traditional and peel-and-stick removable wallpaper come in almost any color, pattern or style you can imagine. The removable wallpaper here is from Rocky Mountain Decals. The chandelier is by Joss & Main from Wayfair and the camo duffel is similar to this one from Stella and Dot.

Stack Your Storage

Small Space Nursery Storage photo

This can’t be said enough when it comes to small nursery spaces: good storage (and lots of it) is your BFF. Bins, baskets, shelves and bookcases are key when you’re trying to maximize a small space. They’re just right for stashing diapers and wipes, clothing, books, nursery decor and pretty much anything else you want to keep out of sight and organized. (📸: @courtneylawrencestudio)

How to Get This Look: Target and IKEA carry some of the best storage solutions for small spaces. Pictured here are Target’s Threshold Coiled Rope Baskets and a shelf unit similar to IKEA’s Kallax. The crib is the Babyletto Scoot and the quilt is the Clementine Reversible Quilt from Clementine Kids.

Up, Up and Away

Small Space Nursery Vertical Storage photo

A small footprint often means you won’t have a lot of free floor space to play around with when you’re designing a tiny nursery. But you will have a few empty walls to work with—so maximize that vertical space. Wall-mounted bookshelves, floating shelves and even hanging clothes shelves can store books, toys, baby clothes and more. It will free up floor space and add some style to those blank walls. (📸: @autumnscorneruk)

How To Get This Look: This particular IG influencer is UK-based, but there’s no shortage of wall accessories to choose from stateside. The White and Natural Wood Shelf from Crate and Kids is ideal for hanging wall storage. Etsy also boasts a huge selection of hanging shelves like this distressed option from Home Springs Decor and this unique beaded hanging shelf from Woodooboo. The Booksmart Read & Play Shelf from Pottery Barn Kids is a go-to for vertical book storage and Scandiborn’s Childhome Rattan Shelf stylishly stores stuffed animals and other decor.

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