Having a small 2 bedroom house means baby number 2 will be squeezing into Lambs bedroom, the poor guy won’t be blessed with his own room. Lamb has upgraded to a mid sleeper cabin bed and will be giving his cotbed to his little brother. They will be sharing drawers and wardrobe space, and I’m sure some of their clothes will end up in my room.
I’ve had to think long and hard about how I’ll fit baby number 2’s things into the nursery. We’ve done some rearranging and come up with a couple of solutions.
For example, our hallway has a chimney breast so we have put Lambs tallboy drawers either side of that and utilised the space – it actually works pretty well! Under his bunk bed there’s a 4 cube shelving unit which tucks away nicely and has provided us with space to store nappies and wipes for the baby. There’s still some space under there so I can find home for something else. Most likely Lambs toys!
We were kindly given a wardrobe by a friend which means I can store lots away for baby and Lamb. Inside I’ve put a little set of drawers which has given me more storage, we also have lovely boxes on top of the wardrobe for extra nappies and wipes. Stocking up will save us some pennies!
Even though I’m doing my best to squeeze baby number 2 into our small house, I can’t help but dream about how I would design the nursery if it was just for baby number 2.
The room isn’t huge so space saving products would be ideal. Australian nursery furniture brand Boori have designed a new collection called Urbane aimed at contemporary and small spaces, so ideal for our little house!
Boori are currently holding a blogger competition and have asked us to think about planning the nursery for our new arrivals. I’ve decided to share with you my dream nursery for baby number 2 including lovely space saving products from the Boori Urbane collection as well as any tips to create storage without looking too cluttered. That’s my pet peeve. Clutter. And I’m the worst for creating it.
First up is my favourite set from the Urbane collection, the Omni Transformer. I love the mix of almond and white wood and the sleek straight lines of the cotbed and furniture. My favourite thing about this cotbed is the way it extends into a bed when it’s time for your little one to upgrade to a bed. Really useful for smaller and more compact bedrooms.
I have a huge obsession with grey and white for baby number 2 so my dream would be to use this colour scheme in baby’s nursery if I had the opportunity to design one from scratch. I’ve been looking online and have found some gorgeous bedroom accessories that would make his room very dreamy and cute.
- These 2 pictures are from Matalan and are super cute for a newborn nursery. My favourite animal happens to be a giraffe so that makes me love these even more.
- I found these adorable cushions from an Easy shop called Prosto Concept and this they would be a great addition to baby’s cotbed. I think yellow is a great accent colour to grey and white.
- This storage box is from Matalan and would fit on the cube storage shelves under Lambs bunk bed really well. It could hide lots as clutter and fits in perfectly with my obsession with grey, white and cloud print!
- How cute is this clothing stand from My 1st Years?! The cloud chalk board at the top means you can personalised the stand and it’s not too big so won’t take up any room. Perfect for handing coats and dressing gowns.
- Another great find from Matalan is this cloud fleece blanket. To be honest I’d love this for me, so I’d probably use this the most when feeding baby or just having a cuddle. It would look adorable in baby’s got to add a little pattern.
- More cloud print from My 1st Years with these cushions. I love the funny looking bear next to the cloud cushion and could add this to Baby’s cot for decoration.
- This grey house shelving unit is a really good way of decorating the wall in a kids room. You can add their favourite little toys or teddies and make it look really fun by filling up the different sections.
- I love this personalised arrow light from My 1st Years. Adding this to baby’d dream nursery would work well with the the contemporary design of the Boori Urbane collection.
- Finally, I love this grey cloud changing table topper from Nubie. What’s great about the chaining table in the Omni Transformer range is it’s also a chest of drawers. So once you’ve stopped using it to change nappies, you can simply remove the topper and you just have a check of drawers with space for storage on top. The cloud storage boxes would look fab on here, of simple baskets to store toys.
Now you have seen how I would decorate my dream nursery for baby I thought I would share with you my tips for saving space in a small bedroom.
- We all know how many cuddly toys baby’s are bought, and as lovely as it is, they take over the house! We decided to buy Lamb a Toy Hammock to store all of his cuddly toys and only keep his favourites in bed with him. This is a great way of decluttering the cot/bed and letting your little one keep all of there teddies!
- On top of the wardrobe in the nursery we have large Storage Boxes to keep things we need, but don’t need easy access to. For example, if you stock up on nappies and wipes keeping them stored away on top of the wardrobe is ideal, as you know you’ll be needing them quite soon. I also keep the next size of clothes in those boxes too. I like to buy baby/toddler clothes in advance rather than constantly shopping, so stock up and keep them out of the way for when they are needed.
- Creating extra storage inside the wardrobe is proving really useful for us. We have a little set of Wicker Basket Drawers that used to be in our bathroom that I’ve put in the wardrobe to keep things like muslin cloths and blankets. I find I don’t hang many baby clothes (they are too tiny!) So adding drawers and boxes inside the wardrobe means you are utilising more of the space available. Even better if 2 children are sharing a room!
- Another thing that children accumulate a lot of is books. We have books for Lamb in almost every room! Bookshelves can take up a lot of space so my lovely in laws got us this fab Tidy Books Bookcase for Lamb which screws flat against the wall, so doesn’t take up much room. It’s also great for toddlers to see what books they have and can choose what they want to read. I definitely recommend something like this for space saving!
- Finally I really recommend Underbed Storage. Not all cotbeds come with a drawer underneath, but the one we had for Lamb did and it was such a useful use of space to keep things like clothes and bedding. If the cotbed you have doesn’t have a drawer it’s well worth measuring the space underneath and finding storage boxes/bags that will fit.
I hope you’ve found my tips helpful for decorating and space saving in a small nursery. It’s my dream for baby number 2 to have his own room, but with both my husband and I being made redundant within 10 months of each other moving house just isn’t possible for us anymore. Instead we are making Lambs room as decluttered as possible so both boys can sleep happily in there together. To be honest, I’m sure once baby number 2 is a toddler they will love sharing a room and it won’t be an issue. The most difficult thing is rearranging everything to fit 2 lots of clothes etc, but these tips that I’ve given you are proving quite successful for our space saving.
Let me know of any space saving tips you have that might be useful to us!
*This post is in collaboration with Boori and my entry into their blogger competition. Contains affiliate links.