Setting up a baby nursery can be daunting, especially since the number of items you need for a new baby can be difficult to store in one room. If you have limited space, you’ll want smart storage solutions that are both functional and cute. Here are ten nursery room storage ideas to help maximize your space!

Take Advantage of Baby Furniture Storage

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Incorporating cribs and other furniture with built-in storage is an economical way to make the most of a small baby room. Multi-purpose nursery furniture, such as changing tables with storage attached, saves space and can sometimes be repurposed as dressers or shelves as your child outgrows the original use. You can also adapt traditional furniture to serve several purposes. Add a changing pad to the top of your dresser so it can provide clothing storage while also serving as a changing station. Or make use of the empty space underneath cribs and other furnishings. Under-crib storage ideas include stashing supplies in woven baskets or decorative buckets, creating a DIY storage drawer, or using a cute crib skirt to keep items hidden.

Utilize Vertical Storage Space

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Floor space isn’t the only thing you’re working with in a nursery. In fact, vertical storage is equally important—especially in terms of maximizing space. Hang heavy coats, jackets, hats, and even outfits for the next day on a set of wall hooks. Display stuffed animals and other nursery keepsakes on floating shelves, which can also be used for baby essentials you need easy access to. Decoratively store blankets, quilts, and other throws on nursery ladders. Or place baby shoes, diapers, bottles, and other small items in the pockets of over-the-door organizers.

Keep the Closet Organized

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Organizing baby clothes is not only a great way to maximize closet space, but can also make your baby’s outfits more accessible. Size organizers and hanger dividers are excellent nursery closet ideas for preventing small items from getting lost in the clutter. Since baby clothes are small and short, consider installing additional clothing rods or hanging multiple items on a single hanger. For additional storage, place clear containers or labeled storage bins in your closet and use them to separate outfits by seasonality, size, and type. This system will allow you to rotate items in and out as needed with ease. Plus, it’s a great way to store outgrown items for future children.

Store Essentials in Dressers & Drawers

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Dressers are perfect for compactly storing a wide range of essentials. File-folding baby clothes and blankets and stacking them vertically in rows will help you keep your drawers tidy. Utilize drawer dividers to keep similar items organized in distinct sections and accessible at a moment’s notice, such as sets of clothes, bedding, or diaper essentials. Small plastic bins can slip into your dresser to hold backstock, including extra wipes, ointments, and more. Depending on how large your drawer space is, you can use dividers or bins to separate seasonal outfits or store baby toys, as well.

Prioritize Diaper Storage

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As a new parent, you’re bound to go through a lot of diapers. If your changing station lacks diaper storage, along with room for spare outfits and other necessities, mount a basket or shower caddy on the wall within reach and fill it with your supplies. This creative diaper storage idea is an example of a vertical storage solution that can help declutter your space. You can also utilize portable shower caddies or diaper storage caddies so you can tend to your baby’s needs at any time and place. Another great tool for keeping necessities organized for changing diapers on the go are rolling storage carts, which can be repurposed for additional storage as your child grows up.

Hang & Display Baby Shoes

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Although adorable, the unique shape of baby shoes can make them difficult to store. Try keeping the tiny footwear organized and accessible by hanging baby shoes from a tension rod. Place your tension rod somewhere in the room (usually the closet), add curtain clips, and hang pairs from each clip. You can also repurpose tiered, expandable spice racks and kitchen cupboard shelf organizers to display baby shoes on top of the dresser or on a closet shelf. Or use clear bins, wire shelves, hanging shoe organizers, or baby shoe racks to organize baby shoes and keep a cute baby room design that’s practical.

Show Off with a DIY Pegboard

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Hanging a pegboard or making your own can add some character to your DIY baby room while simultaneously creating additional storage space. Pegboards are easy to install, can be trimmed to your desired size, and are compatible with pegs, hooks, and hangers. Pin up shelves to store nursery essentials like diapers, grooming kits, and washcloths so baby supplies are never out of reach. Or use clips to hang up pictures, photos, and other small items. One unique aspect of DIY pegboards is that they’re fully customizable, making it a nursery organization idea that can express your baby’s personality or blend seamlessly with your nursery theme.

Get Creative with Nursery Book Storage

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Already stocking up on some of your favorite baby books? Rather than buying conventional bookshelves for your nursery, try repurposing shelving for baby book storage. Spice rack bookshelves are a popular option that save the space bulkier bookshelves eat up, as well as an affordable way to put some of your favorite covers on display for an added decorative touch. Similarly, wall-mounted magazine racks can also be repurposed for storing oversized children’s books. And just as storage cubbies and low shelving are often used for toys, they can also be a great place to put books away so your child can reach them once they’re mobile.

Opt for Accessible Baby Toy Storage

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Before your baby is even born, you’re likely to start accumulating a collection of toys. To keep baby toys protected and out of the way, place them in ground-level toy storage solutions like chests, cubbies, baskets, and bins—or build a DIY toy box as an innovative method of reducing clutter while personalizing your nursery. By storing toys on or near the ground, your baby will be able to access them when they start walking. Plus, you can work together and teach your child from a young age how to put their toys away when they’re done playing.

Regularly Rotate Toys

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Despite your best efforts, it’s easy to accumulate more toys than you can keep in the nursery at once—plus, some toys are better for particular developmental stages. Consider storing extra toys in a different room and rotating them in and out every few months. This saves nursery space and keeps playtime fresh and exciting for your baby. Before storing baby toys, clean and disinfect everything, remove any batteries, and use plastic bins for easy categorization. Wrap anything that could be dented or scratched in old burp cloths or towels, and remember not to overstuff containers so toys don’t break.


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This post was originally published 08/05/2019, and last revised on 01/29/2024 with updated information.

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