How to Convert Your Walk-in-Closet into a Mini-Nursery
A nursery is to a certain extent a temporary room for the period when a baby is still small enough to sleep in a crib. Hence, some people prefer to use up a small area from the house which can accommodate the crib and some other basic objects for that relatively short period of time. The most important thing is that the area is accessible and as near as possible to the mother. Consequently, a walk-in-closet could well be a great place to use as a nursery. Besides, it does not take much trouble to convert it into one. Let us discuss this idea in some more detail.
Step 1: Emptying the Walk-in-Closet
Start off by clearing the walk-in-closet of any items which were stored in it. Take the opportunity to rummage through the items so as to see whether there are any useless things which you can dispose of or sell. Some other items can be used in other rooms. Other things can be stored away in a garage, attic or box room.
Step 2: Changing the Layout
Most walk-in-closets have shelves and rods installed within them. Decide whether you will use some of them for storing the baby's things. You can convert them into closets for added neatness by installing doors on their front. Some of the remaining shelves may need to be removed so as to make more room for the crib and other items you will have in the mini-nursery. Obviously, the space is somewhat restricted, so make sure to plan well how you will place things for maximum efficiency.
Step 3: Painting
Give a fresh coating of paint so as to improve the look and make it look more like a nursery. Use a light color, and consider adding some wall stickers or stencils so as to make it more lively. Alternatively, you may consider using wallpaper in a design suitable for children's nurseries and bedrooms.
Step 4: Cleaning
Carefully vacuum and clean the area well now that you have removed shelves and other items and finished painting.
Step 5: The Furniture
The most important furniture items in a nursery are the crib and the nappy changer. Choose models which do not take up much space but are still practical enough. There are also innovative options where the nappy changer is actually part of the playpen, and even includes a cot within it. Place any furniture against a wall so as not to take up space where you will need to pass through.
Step 6: Using the walls
Try to make the best use of the space available. The key is to allow as much floor space as possible. So, use as much area from the walls as you can. Use hanging shelves, wall cabinets and wall organizers to store most of the items such as baby's clothes, diapers, toys and other basic necessities. The remaining free areas of the walls can then be decorated with pictures, wall hangings or stickers.
Step 7: Light
Ideally there will be a tiny window, but if this is not possible make sure to install a fan and appropriate lighting fixtures.
Step 8: Decorating
Finally add some soft furnishings to make the mini-nursery more cozy. Place a fuzzy carpet, some cushions and decorate the crib with bed linen. Hang a mobile over the crib, and some other decorative additions here and there, such as soft toys.