Little Mister H is due in July. And when he arrives his nursery will occupy the smallest room in the house.
At the moment, this room is a glorified dumping ground. It is filled with storage boxes and is where we dry all our clothes.
It houses our double sofa bed and so can be transformed into a guest room. But when the sofa bed is open there isn’t enough room to close the bedroom door.
We are going to have to use the space very carefully, to make sure that the room doesn’t look cramped and is as gorgeous as I have envisioned.
Nursery inspiration for small rooms
The other week Mr H took a number of measurements. And created this little room plan of Little Mister H’s future nursery. The room is a rectangle and is roughly 240cm by 188cm.
It is large enough to fit a cot bed, a chest of drawers and another form of storage for toys. But it would be ideal if this nursery furniture could be designed for compact spaces so that we use the room we have wisely.
After a lot of research, we have decided that we want to buy our nursery furniture from the Urbane Collection by Boori.
Boori are an Australian nursery furniture brand who have recently launched their high-end product range in the UK. Their new Urbane Collection features smaller more contemporary furniture designs that are perfect for smaller rooms like Little Mister H’s nursery.
I particularly like the Sunshine Urbane collection. The rounded shapes of the furniture look stylish and I really like the storage shelf on the Two Drawer Chest Changer. I can fill that shelf with storage boxes which can hold everything that I’ll need to change nappies.
The dimensions of the Cot Bed (L 139cm x W 78cm x H 97cm) and the 2 Drawer Chest Changer (L 46cm x W 95cm x H 95cm) mean that they will fit into the room and still leave space for toy storage and any other bits and bobs that we would like to add.
The Cot Bed is a fantastic investment as it will last until our baby boy is five years old. And with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty I know that we will be buying the best. Which is so important when you are buying for your newborn baby.
I would love to be able to include the wardrobe from this range too. But I don’t think there is the room. So Little Miss H will have to share some space in her wardrobe with her baby brother.
We plan to make the nursery look bigger and brighter by covering over the current dull beigey brown walls with a few coats of white paint. This will open up the room and make it look cleaner and fresher.
We’ll replace the current wooden blind with a yellow blackout roller blind. Not only will this let more light into the room but it will also block out the light evenings and mornings and help Little Mister H sleep. Plus, I think that the yellow will look gorgeous next to the white furniture and walls.
The rest of the nursery will be decorated in bright rainbow colours with motifs of rainbows, sunshine and puffy white clouds. The only possible nursery theme for our second rainbow baby.
I have created a little wish list of the furniture and accessories that I would love to include in Little Mister H’s nursery:
1. Sunshine nursery collection from URBANE by Boori, includes Cot bed, £269.00; 2 Drawer Chest Changer, £249.00 and wardrobe, £299.00.
2. Cloud shelf by Pink Biscuits, £43.95 from Not on the High Street.
3. Grimm’s 6 piece rainbow, £19.00 from Little Acorns to Mighty Oaks.
5. Rainbow fabric bunting, £15.00 (currently £12.00) from Great Little Trading Co.
6. KALLAX shelving unit with doors, white/yellow, £38.00 from IKEA.
7. Striped cotton rug – rainbow, £60.00 (currently £30.00) from Great Little Trading Co.
8. Grimm’s 23cm conical tower, £20.00 from Little Acorns to Mighty Oaks.
9. A Little Lovely Company white mini cloud light, £10.00 from Mini Maison.
10. Hot air balloon felt baby mobile, £25.00 from Mini Maison.
11. Alphabet Letter Papercut by Mook Designs, £40.00 from Not on the High Street.
All these products plus more can be found in my Pinterest board, filled with ideas and inspiration for our rainbow baby’s nursery:
I have also produced a little video about our plans to transform this small room into a beautiful nursery. But be warned this video does show the unpleasant current state of the room.
This is the before video. Then once the nursery is decorated in June I will produce an after video. I hope that the transformation will be huge.
Do you have any tips for how to use this small space wisely? Or maybe you have some ideas on how we can make Little Mister H’s nursery amazing? I would love to hear in the comments.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post and my entrance into the #UrbanebyBoori blogger competition but all thoughts and words are entirely my own. And this post represents our true plans for Little Mister H’s nursery.