Nursery/Home Office in the same room?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
6755 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Stephefanie:  As someone who works from home, I can’t imagine sharing my office with a baby. Do you not plan to use the baby room at all during the day? If so, I guess you could make it work but I don’t know how your Darling Husband would get work done if you/the baby are in the same room throughout the day. I definitely don’t know how it would work when the baby is mobile, because it seems like a recipe for disaster having your DH’s work things accessable to a baby.

Post # 3
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Stephefanie:  I agree with the PP – this would be really hard to manage, I think.  I can’t imagine being on a conference call/meeting and having baby start crying, or how it would work if Darling Husband needed to work late but baby needs to go to bed.  And once baby gets mobile… oh boy!  

Do you have a dining room that you don’t use or use rarely?  Can you move his office to the dining room so that the bedroom can be for baby?  If that’s not possible, I’d rather the office be anywhere else – our bedroom, family room, etc. – than in the room the baby will be sleeping in.

Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If you do not have space elsewhere in the house, I would sugget either sharing your room with the baby, or sharing your room with the office.  

Post # 5
1296 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If you use the room for both, you really won’t be able to be in there while the baby is sleeping. Which they do a lot. some babies are more tolerant to noise than others, but clicking and typing can and will wake a baby. And if your Darling Husband likes music or gets a phone call? Yikes. You’d be better off putting the crib in your room and keeping its clothes and belongings in the office as storage. 

Post # 6
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

If your husband didn’t work from home, I would have thought it manageable. If we’re in a 2 bedroom when we have a baby our plan is to have the nursery double as a workspace, but an elegant one (no student desk or anything) one.

I think you should get a bigger apartment.

Post # 7
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

Do you claim your home office for tax purposes, if so, absolutely not (and in fact, it should also not be a guest room). This is one of the HIGHEST audit areas–the IRS will show up and inspect your room. If they see the room is used for anything outside of working for home, you lose the tax deduction. A bed, a dresser, a futon–ALL of these would disqualify the room. This sadly occured with one of my friends, and he got hit with a nasty bill, plus interest since his home office was also used as a playroom for his kids (as was evidenced by the toys/toy chest/pile of kids movies) in the office.


If you don’t claim it on taxes, I still wouldn’t do it. It’d make the space really distracting, and his work needs to take priority over it being a nursery. Is there anyway you can afford a slightly bigger place, or repurpose part of the living room to be the home office? 

Post # 10
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

We’re in this exact situation. Except we do have another spare room which we have turned into a home gym and REALLY don’t want to give up (priorities, lol).

Our current plan is to put the baby in his home office, but move most of his home office into the living room…like his office supplies will be left in the baby’s room, but his desk will move to the living room. I’m worried about how it’s going to work just having us all at home at the same time….I feel like he might have to rent some outside office space just to get work done if the baby is crying etc. We aren’t planning to get pregnant till next year, so we have a while to figure this out, but it is something on our mind.

Post # 13
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We downsized from a 4000 sq ft 5 bedroom 4 bathroom house which Darling Husband and I thought would be our ‘forever’ home to a 1300 sq ft 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo after having the baby! 

I feel great! 

Darling Husband also worked from home so we set up his office in the dining room which we rarely ever use for dining.

We made the switch to be closer to the grand parents so we can get some much needed help with the baby. We decided on a decent sized condo because it’s easier to manage. Also all the bills were v included. The location was top notch! Best of all, no poopie diapers in the house at all! We immediately throw those down the chute! YAYYYYY!

Also now baby is walking so since it’s only 1 floor we have to baby proof very less. And baby can always find us.

Post # 14
2812 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Stephefanie:  do you have a basement? We just moved our office to the basement to out in the nursery. It stinks having to go down there for everything but that’s the only way we could separate the spaces.

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