Apartment nurseries are by far one of the trickiest of all design challenges you will face within your compact home. Today CoContesters, we’re going to take a peek at how to tackle this task. Interested? Come and find out how by reading on below…
Babies are mini packages of adorableness, wrapped up in squidgy, cuddly, tiny bodies – but guess what, they come with a LOT of accessories. First they take up space in your body, then once you’ve popped, they take over your home. Literally. Apartment nurseries can be tricky to design, but we’re going to show you how!
These days most city dwellers reside in fairly diminutively sized homes or apartments. Sure we’d all like that 5 room luxury penthouse with expansive floor plan, but chances are the budget dictates a slightly more compact abode. With the rise of apartment prices in practically every city, individuals (and new families) are opting for studios, one-room and two-room digs to satisfy their domestic dwelling needs. Of course, this unquestionably presents some stylistic challenges, especially when it comes to the nursery.
While your friends may be living the suburban dream with commodious multi-bedroom houses, gardens and space for all the trimmings, you’re struggling to figure out where exactly your new change table is actually going to go. Sound familiar? You’re not alone, plenty of people are in the same boat, which is why we’re here to suggest a few nuggets of helpful advice.
First things first: consider this…
Is a nursery really that important? We’re all told we need a separate room for the baby, and sure, if there is one available by all means utilise it, but as your baby is tiny and new, this space is certainly not a must-have. The best thing you can do is keep it simple. Purchase items as you need them, avoiding having too much, which will inevitably clutter your interior, and ruin your chic aesthetic.
In this example we see how the baby’s cot is located in the bedroom. The new ‘nursery’ has been designated one entire wall, with a shelf for accessories, a small seat, and a bag of toys. A mobile has been suspended over the area to segregate and delineate it from the rest of the room, while still ensuring the ambience remains fairly adult and mature.
The baby ‘corner’
If you’re a fan of the classic Dirty Dancing, you’ll remember that “nobody puts baby in a corner”…well apparently Swayze had it wrong, because that’s a perfect place for a baby. In fact, creating a baby corner will work perfectly for those who are planning their nursery in a living room, study or bedroom. Baby corners can be easily divided from the rest of the home, adding privacy and style effortlessly.
Take some cues from this example and go minimal. Apartment nurseries lack space so less is certainly more. While a pared-back aesthetic will save you time, money and enjoy versatility. Add cot or basinet, wall art, small bookshelf with decorations or toys, a cosy rug (sheepskin looks lovely) and voilà you’re done!
Integrate your living space with your nursery
Embrace the fact your baby will be living in your lounge and make the most of it. Instead of trying to separate each individual space, you can always integrate both together. By blending the two rooms together you’ll achieve a sense of unity and balance, while making the space feel family friendly. As you’ll unquestionably be making ‘baby friends’ this will help as you will have a successful living room for hosting guests and their children. Take some cues from this Scandinavian styled lounge and nursery space. Upon first glancing at this room you hardly notice it’s a nursery at all. There are locations for the parents to relax and chill, while the area is decidedly fit for a child to sleep as well as play.
Get creative with your decor
A nursery doesn’t have to be filled with the obligatory pale pink or blue hues. On the contrary, when you are combining adult and child living spaces, it will help to think a little outside the box. This sunroom-nursery is perfectly adorned with a range of impressive pieces of furniture, while still offering everything one might need in their nursery. Consider turning pieces of furniture into baby-friendly accessories. This dresser is a change station with extra storage, and the basket by the fireplace contains extra throws and blankets for the baby. To keep your home clutter free and clean, consider adding extra storage (you’ll definitely need it!). Think about incorporating the following:
- Hidden storage. Apartment nurseries work brilliantly with under-bed containers. They can provide space for extra linen, and an area to store seasonal clothing.
- Foldable furniture. Your home is small, remember to consider collapsable options that can be stored when not in use – keeping the area less cluttered and free.
- Wall hooks. Wall hooks can be added to many different areas of the home, and utilised to hang more than coats. Look at hanging toys, strollers, and other baby essentials.
- Utilise your high ceilings. Your walls can be used for more than simply hanging art. Look at mounted cupboards, and peg boards that can hold trays and containers for baby’s accessories.
- Rethink your wardrobe. Baby clothes are small, and in your wardrobe you can hang an extra rail to fit twice as many items.
- Repurpose existing furniture. Dressers can become change tables, while a living room armchair can work as a nursing station.
Finally, embrace your apartment nursery!
As your baby (or family) grows, you’ll no doubt have to upgrade to a larger dwelling at some point. So the best thing you can do is embrace the moments you have in close quarters with your baby. Apartment nurseries don’t have to mean you miss out on decorating a space for your baby, quite the opposite. Sharing a room can be a unique experience, and help create many precious moments.
If you choose to place your baby’s crib, cot or basinet in the bedroom (such as the example above) you’ll have the added benefit of never needing an alarm clock. Acknowledge your reality that you most likely won’t have this unique opportunity again. In doing so, create an enjoyable, comfy home for your family. Plus, there are always some positives to keep you looking on the bright side. Think less cleaning, less organising and more time to spend with your newborn!
Do you have any other tips for our CoContest community?
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