Like we have with home decor and interior design, 21st century homeowners have changed the rules on another important area of life – parenting. And the worlds of design and parenting have converged as a result.
Instead of the traditional nurseries, separate from the parent’s room, many parents are deciding to create rooms within rooms, a nursery “zone” in the master bedroom. This is done with practicalities in mind, of course. But, how do you do it stylishly?
Parenting writer Dana Viktor is here to outline how to start thinking about an important, even nurturing, home decor project with baby, and parents, in mind.
Setting up a new nursery is a fun and exciting way to welcome a new baby. Choosing a cute or artistic design and choosing all the elements to bring your vision to life is a great way to show off your personality while also getting everything together that your baby will need.
However, many parents are finding it both practical and economical to ditch the traditional nursery and instead create a space for their new little one in their room. Having baby nearby makes it easier to attend to her needs in the middle of the night, whether it’s nursing or changing wet diapers.
Parents whose babies are at arm’s length or just across the room are able to get more rest than their counterparts who have to trip through a dark house trying to get to babies, who become increasingly upset.
Here are a few easy ways that you can create a small nursery or other space for your baby in your own room.
Convert existing furniture
If you choose not to co-sleep with your baby, you will need a crib or a bassinet. Other than that, there is really nothing that you need for your baby. Clothes can go in your closet or dresser, or you can set up storage bins under the crib or your own bed. You can use a portable changing pad to convert any dresser top into a changing table.
Tuck your crib into a nook in your room or against the foot or your bed or an opposing wall to create a separate nursery space. You can then decorate around the crib with pictures, sheets of fabric, or other items.
Make use of storage
Finding creative ways to take advantage of the space you have is crucial when you are converting small spaces. The key is to become organized with your storage and to create vertical space. This can include stackable storage bins, ottomans or foot stools that you replace with storage cubes, shelves, or bookcases.
Create storage above the crib with shelving and below it with bins. Make full use of your closet space by adding extra shelves or stackable cubes. The more creative you are, the better you will be able to use the space without creating clutter.
Getting your room ready for baby is about more than just making room for the crib. Have some fun with the decor to create the feel of a nursery, as well.
You can accomplish this by painting an accent wall, using a large area rug for the baby’s area, setting up cute nursery prints or photos of your family, or even creating custom window treatments for that portion of the room. Consider the area where your baby will be sleeping a room within your room then decorate it appropriately.
Use room dividers to create a nook
If you are having a hard time coming up with creative design strategies, or if your room isn’t set up the right way to section off the space with design alone, you can try using room dividers to create a physical separation. Of course, you should choose room dividers that still allow you to see or hear your baby easily.
Some ideas can include panels of sheer curtains, wood pallets or wooden gates, bead drapes, bamboo panels, or even a large, strategically placed piece of furniture. Your cubby does not need to be large — only big enough to encompass the baby’s crib and other accessories to create a cozy space for sleeping and snuggling.
Keep baby close by redefining your space
Creating a nursery space in your own bedroom is easy if you use a little creativity. Just make the best use of the space you have by converting existing furniture and being creative with storage, then use accents or room dividers to create ambience or a separate nook for baby. Keeping baby close will make it easier for you to tend to those middle-of-the-night feedings and other needs so that the whole family can get more rest.
Did you create a nursery space in your master bedroom? What design elements did you use to accomplish this? Tell us your ideas in the comments!
Dana Viktor is the senior researcher and writer for duedatecalculator.org. Her most recent accomplishments include graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in communications and sociology. Her current focus for the site involves baby umbilical cords and late periods.