Storage-Smart Nursery Ideas

green baby changing table in blue nursery
Teach your child lifelong organizational tips with our storage-smart ideas for the nursery.

Book Display

Picture ledges are a great storage solution for a small nursery because they save floor space. They also double as a cute display for stuffed animals and artwork. Install a set of three near your nursery's reading area, with your child's favorites on the lowest shelf for easy access.

All-in-One Unit

This unit combines a crib and changing table into a single furniture piece, resulting in a sturdy setup with built-in storage. Shelves under the changing area hold baskets that hide diapers, wipes, and other baby care items.

Shelf Life

Balance book storage and keepsake display with simple wall shelves. This design places keepsakes up high and out of reach, and cute books and toys lower for easier access. If you have floating shelves, incorporate large bins or baskets beneath the lowest shelf to easily store toys when playtime is over.

Labeled Up

Use built-in nursery storage wisely with efficient labeling and organization. This base cabinet houses neatly folded linens with labels adhered to the shelves for an easy-to-follow system. Upper shelves store books and toys in fabric bins with label tags. Photo frames are placed further up and out of reach.

Super Storage

This nursery storage unit is the perfect balance of open and closed organization. The top shelf holds a row of children's books, while the bottom shelf holds covered storage boxes. Lower drawers can hold soft toys or extra clothes. The top of the unit serves as a display shelf for photos and trinkets.

Baby Changing Station

A canvas diaper caddy and wall-mounted storage unit keep necessities within arm's reach, and a changing table dresser stows other essentials out of sight. With three drawers and shelving behind its door, it can hide away blankets, diapers, and even that bulky vaporizer.

Pretty Pegboard

A step up from the usual perforated board, this modular decorator pegboard comes in several colors and has catchall accessories to keep necessities within reach, as well as to display keepsakes. The best part of pegboard? You can rearrange the storage solutions as needs change.

Built-In Closet Storage

To make every inch count in this nursery closet, cube storage shelves house bins of small clothing items like socks, onesies, and accessories. Staggered hanging rods keep clothes in reach.

Savvy Storage to the Rescue

It's easy to find nursery storage if you know where to look. Install a wall ledge for displaying art and implement a dust ruffle to hide under-crib storage. This keeps the room looking clutter free, and leaves more floor space open for play.

Hidden Spaces

Under the crib is prime storage real estate. Whether you're stashing clothes from last season or for the next, peekaboo boxes stash them neatly. And with a skirt to conceal the wares, no one will ever know they're there.

Shelf Help

Two narrow L-shape shelves appear interlocking when mounted together, forming an extra cubby in the center to hold small books and toys. 

All in a Row

Building kitchen base cabinets into the wall takes full advantage of an unused crawlspace in this upper-level room. If this built-in trick doesn't work for you, simply anchor cabinets to the wall and top them with a laminate or wood countertop.

Small Cupboards Corral

Small cupboards are perfect to corral pint-size clothes. Integrate cabinets with pullout baskets, see-through fronts, and open shelving for pretty bins. Try hardworking drawers, too—they are simply indispensable.

Take Stock

This petite nursery had no closet, but a transformed kitchen island on wheels provided a storage unit and changing table. Within the cabinets and drawers, smaller stackable bins keep everything organized. Wheel locks keep it in place.

Multifunctional Dresser

A changing table usually has a short life, but this multifunctional dresser grows with your baby. A fresh color and a changing pad turns this mirrored antique into the ideal spot to hide diapers and other baby supplies. Baskets behind the doors keep small items in order.

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