5 Clever & Simple Small Nursery Ideas Parents Love Right Now

We know not all parents-to-be have a spacious, sprawling nursery room they can bring their newborn home to. But that doesn't mean creating your dream nursery with limited space is impossible. You just need to know the right small nursery ideas to help you maximise the space you've got.

At Snüz, we've been helping parents like you design and bring to life stylish and functional nurseries all the way back since 2014, so we know a thing or two about creating an idyllic nursery in limited space.

Whilst it might seem like you're up against a real challenge and have to make the decision between style and function, with the right small nursery ideas, you don’t have to make that compromise.

To give you a helping hand and prove that you can still create a truly special space for your bundle of joy even with a smaller space, we've put together some simple small-room nursery ideas that our Snüz parents love.

Without further ado, let's jump in!

1. Choose a Minimal and Neutral Colour Scheme to Open up the Space

There's real power in the colours you use for your baby's room – or any room in the home, for that matter. Without going into all the science behind it, the general consensus is that lighter colours are more conducive to a calming atmosphere – something you definitely want in your little one's nursery.

The experts at Dulux say, "Pale neutrals are the obvious choice to encourage the illusion of space", and we'd be inclined to agree (and so would the parents who've used this trick).

Paint the walls of your small space in a light, neutral shade to create the illusion of a bigger room - something that's especially important if you're working with limited space. Think of colours like whites, creams, light stone, beige, and cool greys.

Not only will it work to magically open up the room, but you'll also be thankful when your baby has grown up, and you're looking to redecorate and give the room a new lease of life. Light-coloured walls are much easier to paint over.

Trending Small Nursery Theme: Scandi and Modern

One particular nursery theme parents are really loving is the Scandi-inspired, modern look – and it's exactly what we're looking for when it comes to small nurseries.

Scandi-style nurseries are perfect for smaller spaces because they incorporate more of the muted, neutral tones we talked about earlier. Combine that with a simple, modern design aesthetic, and you're on to a winner when it comes to maximising your space.

All of our Snüz nursery furniture and bedding collections are designed with this modern, Scandi style in mind, and its popularity doesn't lie. It's the perfect nursery theme choice for parents – both big and small – who want to create a stylish, yet calm and neutral, space for the newest family member.

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2. Keep Your Eye Out for Dual-Purpose Nursery Furniture

Looking out for savvy dual-purpose furniture is a great way to get the most out of your small nursery. You'll save valuable floor space because you're not needing to buy two separate pieces of furniture.

Not to mention, you'll be saving yourself money as well – so it's a no-brainer.

Snüz Changing Units and Dressers

Using Scandi design principles of functionality, practicality and style, our changing units are the perfect example of dual-purpose nursery furniture.

They provide you with 3 spacious drawers for storing all your baby essentials, plus a removable changing frame so you can easily transition the piece into a dresser when your baby's outgrown their nappies or for in-between changing times.

The contemporary and minimal designs of the SnüzFino and SnüzKot mean they'll fit right in with a baby’s Scandi-inspired room without taking up too much space.

Snüz Changing Units and Dressers

3. Go Vertical and Make the Most of the Wall Space in Your Baby's Room

This nursery idea for small rooms might be one of our favourites on this list because it really is so simple! If you haven't got much floor space, the most logical thing to do is make use of the vertical wall space in your baby's nursery.

Shelving units are the perfect example of this, and there are tons of options out there. Floating shelves are particularly popular at the moment because they create a minimal and clean look, and you can get creative with different layout designs.

You can use shelves to place decor and functional items like nappy-changing essentials, books, plants...whatever you want!

4. Buy Nursery Furniture Sets for All the Baby Necessities

What furniture do you need to include in your nursery? That's something we get asked an awful lot.

When you're creating your Pinterest boards for inspiration and searching online, it can be quite easy to get the impression that you need endless furniture pieces to create the perfect nursery. But we're here to tell you: stick to the essentials.

The truth is you don't need to buy eight pieces of furniture to create the perfect nursery. You just need 3 central pieces: a bed, a wardrobe and a changing table.

Snüz's Nursery Furniture Sets are the Answer!

Rather than buying your nursery furniture pieces individually, save yourself time and money (not to mention stress) by purchasing one of Snüz's complete nursery furniture sets. We've bundled our iconic Snüz furniture into 2 and 3-piece sets so you can create the perfect nursery with minimal fuss.

Our 2-piece sets include a baby bed and changing unit, and our 3-piece sets include a wardrobe as well. They come in our beautifully crafted Scandi-style designs, and you can choose from a range of stylish neutral colours.

Snüz's Nursery Furniture Sets are the Answer!

5. Create as Cosy a Space as Possible with Furnishings and Decor

Our last bit of advice is to create as cosy a space as possible by incorporating some stylish and functional furnishings and decor. Making the space feel more homely and inviting can really do wonders for small nurseries.

Think about adding the following items to create a cosy and stylish nursery in limited space:

  1. Fluffy rug
  2. Plush mobile
  3. Prints and wall art
  4. Teddies
  5. Blinds instead of curtains

It's important not to over-fill your baby's room with items and decorations, however, that doesn't mean you can't add a few simple items to give the space some personality.

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Our Small Nursery Layout Recommendations: How to Organise Your Room to Maximise Space

Knowing how to organise the space in your small nursery is key to making sure you get the most out of it. There are certain unspoken rules of interior design that, when followed, can help create the right balance and flow in your baby's room.

Where to Place Baby's Bed

If you've got a cot, then it should be placed in the room's corner, as close to the door as possible. Placing the bed in the corner will open up space, create more of a flow, and make it easier for you to move around the room.

We always recommend placing your baby's bed close to the room's door, too, because it gives you quicker and easier access to your baby when you need it.

It's important to note that you should try to place the bad away from a heater or windows, as this can create drafts and fluctuations in the temperature, affecting your baby's sleeping.

Where to Place Nursery Storage Furniture

Your changing table and wardrobe should be placed opposite the bed. This will create an open pathway between the bed and the door, allowing you to move around without having to squeeze past objects.

Creating an open pathway also reduces any trip hazards, making it safer for you and your little one.

What About Nursery Accessories?

If you have a rug, place this in the centre of the room to bring it all together and create a cosy atmosphere. Put your shelves on the walls that don't have much furniture laid against them, and use these to store items like books and toys.

We strongly recommend not placing any shelving by your baby's bed as this could become a hazard.

Final Thoughts: Creating the Perfect Room for Your Little One (Even with Limited Space!) with Snüz

Just because you've got a small nursery space to work with doesn't mean you can't create something truly special for your little one. Make sure you follow our expert advice to get the most out of your space and use our Scandi-inspired nursery furniture sets to create a beautiful and functional room for your baby!

You can take a look at our blog for even more nursery inspiration to help you make your dream nursery come to life.


If you don't have a lot of space in your baby's nursery, make sure you just stick to getting the essentials with our nursery furniture sets that include – a bed, wardrobe, and changing table. Also, make use of vertical wall space with shelves and choose a minimal, neutral colour scheme for the overarching design of the room.

When laying out a small nursery, make sure you place the baby's bed in the corner of the room and as close to the door as possible. Place the changing table and wardrobe opposite the bed and create an open pathway between them.

When decorating a small nursery, we recommend keeping it minimal and opting for neutral colours. Add some cosy accessories to give the space personality, like a fluffy rug, plush mobile, wall art and teddies.

Using a light, neutral colour scheme is the perfect way to create the illusion of a bigger space, like white, cream, light stone, beige and cool greys. A Scandi-inspired nursery is one of the most popular themes right now, and it fits perfectly with a small space.

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