Pinterest is full to the brim with images of new parents proudly showing off images of their nurseries. However, there is a new nursery type that new parents living in tight spaces might already be familiar with – the corner nursery. The corner nursery is rapidly popping up in cities like New York, Paris, and Sydney, where parents are either putting off upsizing until it’s absolutely necessary or mothers are not keen on moving while pregnant.
Having a baby in your bedroom doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your sanity and sense of style. In fact, many mothers claim they sleep better when sharing a room with the baby instead of relying on a baby monitor. If you are considering placing your baby in the corner, whether as a first time parent or it’s baby number six, here are a few space-saving ideas that will help.
Not everyone has the luxury of building their own new home on a narrow block of land like these ones http://www.visiononehomes.com.au/home-designs/narrow-lot-two-storey-house-plans-designs, but if you follow the KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) principle you can easily work with what you already have. In other words, Keep It Simple Stupid if you are working with a small space. Consider using a neutral palate to maximize on the available space and make your bedroom look bigger. When you have a clutter free room, it makes it possible to live even in the smallest of quarters.
Use a Rug
Lay down a rug to divide your room, giving parents a tranquil setting while at the same time creating a divider from the baby. In addition, the rug you install will absorb sounds, quite literally making it safe to tiptoe around the baby’s sleeping schedule. If you are willing to invest, consider buying a high-end rug with a neutral shade that works with various color schemes and patterns, and will last for many years.
Use Alcoves and Nooks
As long as your closet is sturdy and safe, create a little nook for your baby in the empty alcove. This strategy works fine for changing tables and cribs as well. You can then easily convert the closet back once your baby has graduated to having his or her own room.
Use a Double-Duty Dresser
If you are not lucky enough to build your own new home on a narrow block of land, you may have to sell or store away unnecessary furniture. However, consider using your sturdy, low dresser as a changing table or as a bedside table. A portable changing station that is designed for use on the bed or floor will also work well.
Take some pressure off the closet by having a shop on your wall. Use storage accessories available at either online or physical stores, or even use a standard closet rod. You should also consider adding a second closet bar in your closet to handle the extra load.
Use Sheer Curtains
At first glance, sheer curtains may not seem like they provide much in terms of privacy. However, where they fall short in opaqueness, they offer you light billowy effects that will cause your room to look airy. The curtains are cheap and easy to install, perfect for creating that temporary dividing space between the sweet baby’s digs and sleepy new parents.
Use Large Sturdy Furniture
While you love your little bundle of joy, you still occasionally need and deserve some form of privacy. If you have the space, consider turning your bed’s headboard to face the window or wall and place a piece of furniture, like an armoire, at the foot of the bed. Bookshelves would also work; but make sure that they are secured.
Upcycle Your Furniture
Have you considered turning that old armoire in the corner into a changing station? You can use the drawers for supplies and clothes, and you can easily convert the unit into something else as your baby grows.