Nursery Plans, Hung up on where to hang up

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!

paddingtonbear woodland fox baby sweater


So as I see it we have two closet options:

Option A, Divided Closet

Option A, Divided Closet

Option B, New Closet

Option B, New Closet


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?

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3 comments on “Nursery Plans, Hung up on where to hang up
  1. Laura Taylor says:

    I also vote for Option A – divided closet. You will certainly have lots of awesome clothes for Baby A, but most of it is better folded. Also it takes a short height profile, so consider two hanging rods and some shelving.

    Furniture is completely up to your needs. You may find you want something different once baby arrives and you have a routine. I would recommend a simple convertible crib (no changing table attached). They are easy to assemble and disassemble, and offer great flexibility (going from crib, to three-sided toddler bed, to headboard and footboard of a twin frame with addition of side rails). A good dresser is excellent, as well as decorative storage options (floating book shelves, a side table for the rocker). You might want to use the top of a normal dresser as a changing station, though you could also buy a nursery dresser with a changing station built into the top (which simply has rails on top).

    Speaking of the rocker, an ottoman or footstool is crucial for long nights of rocking.

    As you have already discovered, safety concerns are everywhere! Make sure whatever furniture you install is anchored to the wall. My boys test our babyproofing daily, and anything that can be climbed is the main temptation! Lighting has been a huge challenge for me in this respect (as lamps are apt to be pulled down by their cords), so do install some sort of dim lighting above baby-level that you can switch on and off from the rocking chair.

  2. Sarah Pheral says:

    I’m with Beth. Split the closet and go with alternative storage options that make sense for changing needs over the long haul. You can always add a second closet or get a wardrobe or something if hanging needs warrant it in the future. Remember, baby clothes are SO SMALL. Most don’t make sense to hang and they don’t take up any space when you do, so you could easily have multiple shelves and rods in a small closet and have plenty of room.

    Also… obviously, we’re not quite “experienced” here, but I’d recommend looking at convertible cribs. Some of them have an attached set of drawers with a changing table top. We didn’t get one of those, because we needed the changing table now and don’t have room for the crib until later. But we liked the design of some. We DID get a convertible crib, and I’m super stoked to have a piece of furniture that we can use long-term. Have fun!

  3. Beth Staton says:

    I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve had a little one, but I do remember that they (and their many accessories) take up way more space than you can imagine! I would go with option A if at all possible. It will allow more options for furniture placement as he grows and needs change. You will definitely want toy storage. Also a dresser or chest of drawers? Hope this helps! :)

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