Post # 1
The internet can be a cruel place, especially Pinterest, making you think you MUST have a lovely, big, fancy, nursery, and then being disappointed when you can’t. We live in a small 2-bedroom house, so the baby’s small room will also have a desk and computer, and a few other things that just don’t fit elsewhere. The decorating will be minimal as we don’t plan to stay in this house longer than a year. Furniture wise, the baby’s dresser will be from our bedroom set that doesn’t fit in our room at the moment, so there won’t be any matching baby furniture.
I tell myself all the time to stop being stupid (and to stay off Pinterest!) because the baby will not care if it’s furniture matches or if the walls are the perfect colour, or any of that sort of thing and I remind myself that we’re not here forever.
So, if you are planning the same sort of nursery or already have it set up, I’d love to see pictures and hear your experiences! 🙂
Post # 3
I don’t have pictures, but I can tell you what we are planning! Our “theme” is basically Storybooks. We have a huge collection of children’s book which will be on display, and I might print out some of my favorite book covers to frame as art. Outside of that, everything will just be mutlicolored and fun. No matchy-match bedding or furniture. The goal for furniture is going to be affordability. The whole reason I like the Storybook Theme is that it allows for pretty much anything to be in the nursery without it seeming out of place.
I think you can absolutely have a cute nursery space, even if the room is shared with guest furniture or a home office. You might check out apartment therapy (apartmenttherapy.com) for examples of cute mutli-purpose and small spaces.
Post # 4
@NewfieBullet: Idk if this is anything like what you’re looking for, but oh well.
You could get closet storage like this, and you wouldnt even need to have a dresser, so that could save on space.
And you dont really need a changing table, you can just use your bed (or if the desk is big enough, you could use that.) That will also save some space.
Post # 5
@allyfally: this is too cute!! and you’re right about the changing table. Some changing tables arent even safe because they’re so high up and arent stable…babies moving around during changing. Get a changing pad that is curved (google changing pad for the floor and you will see what I’m talking about) that way you can use it on the floor on the desk. Whereever! and you can wash the cover.
Post # 6
Pinterest also shows you what the nursery looks like *in ideal conditions* and trust me–ideal conditions will never happen once you bring the baby home. For the first few years, all kids do is pretty much distribute fluid, so if you find yourself lusting over something out of your price-range because it’s so cute, imagine it with pee/poop/vomit/spit-up/blood/snot/spit and any combination thereof all over it. That usually cures me of Pinterlust 😉
Second, remember that once you have the baby, function will ALWAYS trump fashion. A friend of mine doesn’t even have a dresser for her baby–she has two bins. One is for clean clothes, the other is for dirty clothes and whatever she needs, she just digs it out of the right bin. I wish I had done that. It’s easy to get all wrapped up in matching bedding and the perfect wall color, but at the end of the day, most of us parents find ourselves wading in laundry we can’t even see the rug we picked out and more worried about how to get rid of the smell of dirty diapers that we wonder why we were so invested in something like curtains in the first place!
I don’t have pictures that I can show you of our nursery, but the other good news is that you can do a lot with very little. A inexpensive decal on the wall can have big impact, for example. I also think that if you conceive of your nursery as *playful* rather than precious, you’ll a) have a lot more fun with it and b) find a lot more options. Here’s my inspirational link–Jordan Ferney’s nursery-in-a-closet, first for her toddler, and then for TWO boys. And it’s super-cute:
Post # 7
I know what you mean! We’re in a 2 bedroom apt and will move around 3 months after the baby is born sooo I’m definitely not painting and definitely don’t have as much room as we want! My mom is insisting on getting us a fancy crib, but we also have a day bed in there. I love to refurbish old furniture so I’m gonna find an old wood dresser and paint it to match the colors of the nursery and add a changing pad and I’m done! I want it to be cute but my dream nursery is just not possible, maybe when we move and get a house!
Post # 8
Our house is tiny so the only extra room upstairs is a small attic to be converted so half the room has an angled roof. We’re gonna try to do what we can. I think tiny nurseries are SO cozy. 🙂 Cant wait to see what you come up with!
Post # 9
We live in a one bedroom apartment and we don’t even have a nursery. Let me tell you, our baby couldn’t care less! Don’t worry too much about it.
Post # 10
For the first few months we will be living in our 620 square foot, one bedroom apartment. No room for baby at all! The bassinet will be next to our bed and everything else in the living/family/dining room…. And we have a big dog. No biggy :p
Post # 11
So glad I started this thread, all your responses are reminding me I’m not the only one out there who won’t have a Pinterest-worthy/perfect nursery and more importantly, that none of it matters. 🙂 I know so much of the decorating/coordinating stuff and all the extra baby gear doesn’t matter, as long as we have the essentials. My dad said when he was brought home from the hospital his parents had him in a oulled-out dresser drawer and he turned out fine!
Post # 12
We are currently renting a two bedroom condo and we plan on moving within a year. I didn’t want to paint the baby’s room since we don’t plan on living here much longer so I left it as is. Fortunately it’s a neutral colour. I never wanted to have a nursery “theme” but the bedding (which I bought second hand for really cheap fyi!) has jungle animals on it. I think change tables are a waste of money for the amount of time they get used so we just put a change pad on a dresser. The bins beside the dresser are full of cloth diapers. Before it was set up as a nursery, this room was my office so I still have a lot of my things stored in there but most of it is hidden in the closet.
Post # 13
We bought a 2 bed house a year ago, we have low income as i only work part time to fit around our son and my husband is an IT technician on an ok wage but not enough to support a larger house. Our son is almost 5 and his room looks awesome, its blue and grey with lego superherpes all over it, he has all his toys in there and its a definate 5 year old boys room. now im pregnant and convinced im having a girl … the baby will be in a cot in our bedroom until she/he is old enough to sleep in a bed with a guard rail which will be the bottom bunk bed in the same room as my son. If its a boy brill but a girl … maybe we will have to repaint? As for furniture, half my drawers will be taken over by the baby and half of DS dresser will be for baby too and we have a pine cot and will just be getting a cot top changer as opposed to a full changer/dresser. im more worried about space than matching furniture lol
Post # 14
I don’t have pics on my work comp to show, but I’ll take a couple and show you at some point soon. We are in a tiny 2 bed appt. DH has to make an addition for a closet for our baby’s room and bathroom. Our nursery is a spare room and a nursery, so it’s doing double duty with not much room. It’s possible!
Post # 15
@As_You_Wish: I love that bin idea!!
@NewfieBullet: I went back and forth on a nursery, and I decided to go for it. I am glad I did becuase I’m having fun thinking about it. I am not spending a ton of money, but it should look cute when it is done. That being said, I am not being picky about matching furniture. I think changing tables are kind of a watse of money, and my MIl was so hell bent on buying us one,but I put the kabosh because we will just be using a dresser with a changing pad, and the dresser doesn’t match the crib or chair. I will still have a theme and be putting time into decorating, but I am not putting money or energy into making my furniture match (I do want the walls white though).
Post # 16
I just wanted to say that I think matching furniture is not necessary at ALL. We live in a 2b/2ba condo just a mile outside of a major city, so pretty urban, and have 1100 sq ft of space. In this area, that’s a good size, but in a lot of the US that’s small. (Don’t get me started on that, I’m a city girl through and through and love living with less if it means walkability).
We got the Davinci Emily mini crib for our second bedroom, which I absolutely love. We got the idea of a mini crib from friends in NYC and it fits so well. I wish we had a dresser that we could use, but we are just going to use the drawers and storage in her closet and probably a craigslist changing table since who knows how long we’ll use it.
If you google image search “mismatched nursery furniture” or similar phrases there are really pretty photos that show how classic and cute mismatched furniture is – I love the look!