Maximising space in your nursery

Big on design ideas for your baby’s room but short on space? Steve Cenatiempo, managing director at furniture retailer Tasman Eco, shares his top tips on how to make the most of limited square metres.

Plan the layout before you buy anything
Planning is essential. Before you buy any products for the nursery you need to ensure that they will all fit in the room and that they will work cohesively. New parents should always make sure that they plan the layout as a first step – not only will it avoid purchasing furniture that later needs to be returned, which can be stressful, but it will also help to create the their ideal room on the first go.

Include furniture that can serve multiple purposes
When working with a small room, you want to use all available space and be savvy where you can. Pieces of furniture that can serve multiple purposes, such as a chest of drawers that can also act as a baby change table, are a great way to maximise the space while still ensuring that you have everything you need.

Ditch the closet door
The positioning of furniture makes all the difference to how you can make the most of the room. Closet doors can limit the options for placement of furniture; removing them not only opens the space up, it also offers more decorating options. Try a patterned curtain that fits the overall theme of your room and still serves the practical purpose of hiding everything in the closet when you don’t want to see it.

Storage, storage and more storage
Storage is key to maximising the space that you do have in the nursery. Adding a second rail in a closet can increase capacity, and installing shelves at the bottom means you have even more space to allocate to items such as nappies, toys and anything else you need easy access to. Sensible storage will help you know where everything is and not have to spend time searching for things you need.

Get vertical to reclaim more space
Wall hooks are one great way to get vertical, as are floating shelves that allow you to display treasures or store useful items. If you also have unused space behind the bedroom door where nothing else can fit, you can build a vertical library – this DIY creation can grow with your child.