As Aaron shared earlier this week, we’ve got a nursery under construction. The kitchen leftovers had to go to make room for baby, once those walls are patched up we can get to work making it a proper bedroom.
It wasn’t just the kitchen remnants keeping this room in limbo land, because it lacked a closet, the room couldn’t be counted for real estate purposes (listing or appraisal) as the 4th bedroom. When we were on the market last year, people gave feedback that they were confused by the space. And having lived here for almost four years I can wholeheartedly agree, the space lacked a proper identity. Since we’ve already addressed the floorplan wonkyness by creating a hallway to connect this room to the rest of the upstairs, framing out a closet so the room is officially a bedroom just makes sense. Not to mention Baby A is going to need somewhere to hang up all his adorable clothing!
So as I see it we have two closet options:
Note: I’m not sure why the closet depth appears so different in the two options, it wouldn’t change
Option A: We’d steal half the closet from our Black and White Guestroom aka “SoRo”, and cut a door from inside the Nursery. The biggest advantage to this plan is that it would leave the back wall of the nursery over 13′ long giving us more options for furniture placement and generally making the room feel bigger. Also we only have to frame in one wall (to divide the existing closet), but we need to find out if that wall is load-bearing and then cut out and install a door.
Option B: We’d build out a new closet in the corner closet to the laundry room. The advantage here is that we allow “SoRo” to keep its large deep closet and we create more storage space. The downside is that it will break up the wall in the nursery and contribute to it feeling a little bit smaller.
Also I’m currently at a loss for a nursery floor plan. Beyond the essentials (crib, changing table, chair to nurse) what should we leave space for (real bed, couch, toy storage)? Any veteran moms and dads out there with tips or tricks?