Although we’ve always had extra bedrooms in our homes (we’ve moved a few times before settling here), we’ve never used them for nurseries. Instead, we’ve created “tiny nurseries” out of other spaces.
When our oldest was born, we had a fairly large laundry room (6′ x 8′ or so), and instead of giving up either our guest room or office, we chose to move the washer and dryer to the garage – which is fairly common in southwestern Utah where we lived – and convert the laundry room into her nursery.
My dad painted a beautiful mural for us, and we ended up replacing the ceramic tile with a custom wood floor. We left the overhead cabinets on the opposite wall to use for clothes and storage, and we used the small built-in counter in the far corner as a changing table.
I loved that nursery, and when we moved back East, I cried over leaving it behind. The hammock chair was one of my favorite features, as it was an incredibly comfortable place to sit and nurse for middle of the night feedings!
In our current home, our master bedroom is on the main level, and the girls’ room and a guest room are on the second floor. We wanted the nursery to still be its own space, so we decided not to finish the master bedroom closet as an actual closet and use it as a nursery instead.
It’s smaller than our former nursery, with just enough space for the crib and a tall, skinny wardrobe from Ikea, but it works perfectly.
Last weekend we finished decorating it for Sidney’s impending arrival, and I’ve probably spent hours just looking at it and imagining her in there. I love it! We have the wardrobe just inside the door, which is plenty big enough for her clothes, and we have storage underneath the crib for blankets, slings and carriers and other miscellaneous storage. I do miss the hammock swing, though!
We’ve loved having these tiny spaces dedicated to the tiny people in our family without having to give up an entire bedroom in order to have a nursery. I love having them close to us but still being able to have a dedicated (and adorably decorated!) nursery.
I’d love to hear about your nursery. What is your favorite feature? If you don’t have a nursery, tell us about your baby sleeping arrangements!