Take a tour of this baby girl’s nursery for tips, tricks, and ideas for planning a small nursery space!
When I was pregnant, nothing helped me feel more in control of the major change that was coming in my life than being prepared and organized. Many would call this nesting, for me it’s how I’ve always dealt with stress. I know I can’t control everything life throws at me, but what I can do is be prepared for the things I know are coming; having a baby definitely fell into this category.
So where did I focus this overzealous need to be prepared? Into the nursery. Sure, I read baby books, took all the recommended maternity classes, and meticulously wrote out a birth plan (which was almost immediately irrelevant once it came to the actual birth), but the nursery was the one tangible place I could plan away to my little OCD heart’s content.
A Small Nursery Space
We live in a ranch style house, and the actual nursery room is quite small (8 ft x 9 ft). So there was only room for the basics – a crib, changing table, and glider. The good news is that decorating small spaces can be so satisfying, it’s like putting a puzzle together trying to marry form and function in such a small space.
The biggest challenge was actually the crib, the room wasn’t big enough for a standard size crib, so we ended up solving that problem with a mini crib from Amazon. Mini cribs are about half the size of a normal crib, which really helps when you’re strapped for space!
The bookshelves are actually spice racks from Ikea painted white. Going up vertically with the book storage freed up floor space and allows the books to double as art.
The changing table is the Ikea Kallex with legs from Home Depot added to it (since a regular depth dresser wouldn’t fit).
The glider is from West Elm (definitely wait for one of their 20% off furniture sales!), and the LuLu & Georgia Elodie rug added the perfect pop of color to the otherwise neutral palette.
We’ve been using this nursery for well over a year now, and I have to say, all the planning was worth it. I haven’t really had to make any major changes to make it function better (although I have added some navy pom pom trim to those curtains since these pictures were taken).
It’s small but mighty and definitely one of the hardest working rooms in our home!
If you want to see more details about how I organized this small space, check out the How to Organize a Small Nursery post.
Photography by Elle Images
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the cape on the corner says
wow, that looks amazing. i love the color scheme and that dresser!
b – Thanks so much! It’s by far my favorite room in our house!
Jennifer B says
Love the dresser with the storage baskets – where is it from?
Hi Jennifer – The dresser is one we made using an Ikea kallax bookshelf with legs attached to the bottom (from Home Depot). I just spray painted the legs gold before putting them on. The dresser drawers are actually insert drawers Ikea sells as well (so the Kallax can be converted into a dresser). The baskets are from West Elm. Hope that helps!
Toni Wilson says
I love all things IKEA (except the couches lol). So glad I came across your Pin! I have the IKEA Algot system in the closet so I won’t need a traditional dresser and LOVE this idea for a changing table and storage in the room. Thanks for posting! <3
I’m actually getting ready to do this to my kallax dresser! Love these knobs on the dresser! Would you share where you got them?
Hi Kathryn! The knobs are actually from Ikea a few years ago, I don’t see them on their website currently. I noticed they do have some similar brass knob options that are really affordable though on their site. I also saw these ones a while back and though they were really cute: https://bit.ly/2Vuw0ip
Hope that helps!