If you live in a small apartment and have a baby on the way, don’t panic. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to live in a large house in order to grow your family. It takes a bit of creativity and forethought, but there are ways to transform your cosy residence into a family home.
First things first, you’ll need to work out where the nursery will go. It helps to think of your space as ‘zones’. Do you have a corner of your bedroom you can turn into a nursery nook with a crib, change table and a comfortable chair for when you feed the baby? Use room dividers to separate the space when in use, or leave it open when not.
Do you have a walk-in closet? Transform this space into a nursery by taking off the doors. You can comfortably fit a small crib in here, and you can even put up decorative curtains to personalise the area for baby.
Make sure you invest in baby products and furniture which are versatile. Buy a soft changing pad like this simple yet stylish one from Leander instead of a change table, and simply place it on a chest of drawers or table when you need to change baby’s diaper.
This versatile cot has storage drawers beneath it, and one side of the cot can be removed so it turns into a small child’s bed.
Utilise wall space by installing floating shelves above your baby station. A well-placed shelf next to the cot can hold all the essentials like baby wipes, a spare water bottle, and a spare dummy while another above the changing station is perfect for additional nappies and burping cloths.
You can install wall racks for hanging baby clothes and hang a laundry bag on the back of the door using this door hanger from Ikea so you can free up even more space on the ground.
Use the space you have
Most apartments already come with an abundance of hidden storage but you can get even more out of your space by buying clever storage organisers. Baskets are a great idea — you can slot these onto shelves and place folded items in them instead of hanging everything up.