How to Create a Nursery in a One-Bedroom Apartment

These easy tips can help you conserve room so that your bundle of joy, and all the stuff that comes with him or her, fits seamlessly into your home.

Space-saving strategies


A full-sized crib and changing table aren’t your only options when it comes to nursery furniture. You can contain everything you need in a portable, collapsible piece like a pack-n-play.

Many include accessories like a changing station attachment, bassinet insert for when your baby is still a newborn, built-in storage for things like diapers and wipes and a mobile to entertain your little one. They function as an all-in-one nursery solution, and then fold up and store easily when you need that bit of space back.

You can also avoid a free-standing changing table by converting the top of an existing low dresser using a portable changing pad. A fabric bin can easily stores diapers, wipes, and other essentials close by.

If you just can’t live without a proper crib, but don’t really have the space, consider creating a family-friendly bunk bed by lofting your bed up high (and safely) enough to put the crib underneath. This setup creates the sensation of a nursery without sacrificing any room.

Don’t discount your closet

walk in closet

It may sound a little strange, but if you’ve got a big enough closet, transform it into your nursery. Buy a freestanding wardrobe and move the clothes out and the baby furniture in.

Some closets even have windows, making the space feel more roomy. This strategy only works if your closet can actually hold baby furniture, so make sure to measure first.

Bye bye bedroom

sleeping on couch

When all else fails, consider the selfless option of giving up your bedroom. Converting your room into the nursery gives your new baby a quiet space complete with a door you can close when you need a little separation.

Even with all the nursery furniture and baby toys, you should still have enough room to store your clothes, so that just leaves where you’ll sleep. Pull-out couches, futons and even Murphy beds have all come a long way in comfort and style. Murphy beds especially offer options, which can give you more shelving, additional storage and even a desk.

Three doesn’t have to be a crowd

Welcoming a new baby into a one-bedroom apartment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your space. Give your little one his or her special spot by crafting a nursery that suits your needs and parenting style and keep that cozy feeling that attracted you to your home in the first place. Once you know where the baby will sleep, you can get started on baby proofing.

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Lesly GregoryLesly Gregory has over 15 years of marketing experience, ranging from community management to blogging to creating marketing collateral for a variety of industries. A graduate of Boston University, Lesly holds a B.S. in Journalism. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young children, three cats and assorted fish.

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