Clever Nursery Storage Ideas

Before your little one has made an appearance, the nursery will look neat and tidy… but how can you keep it that way once they’re on the scene? The key is storage!

Don’t just think wardrobes and chest of drawers – both useful furniture designs, but by selecting other smart nursery furniture choices you can get more from the space available and squeeze in everything you and your little one will need.

Make use of every inch of space you have at your disposal, from wall shelves to under-bed storage drawers – take a look at 8 of our top nursery storage tips and see how you can achieve a clutter-free zone in the babies’ bedroom!

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1. Look Below the Bed for Extra Storage

Obaby Nika Mini Cot Bed & Underdrawer

Many gorgeous cots and cot beds look adorable, but when you’re screaming out for storage, do they tick the practical box or are they just taking up unnecessary space?

The Obaby Nika Mini Cot Bed & Underdrawer has a smaller footprint than most cot beds, but it also uses the under-bed space in its clever design. Available in a choice of colours; store extra bedding, blankets, sleeping bags and soft toys in the drawer below the bed and keep those essentials grouped together and easy to grab.

Later when the cot bed can be converted into a toddler bed, this handy drawer can continue to be used, ensuring your growing tots can still benefit from this clever nursery storage idea too!

2. Find Alternatives to Those Nursery Must-Haves

Obaby Stamford Classic Cot Bed with Optional Stamford Cot Top Changer

A baby changing unit is one of those essential nursery furniture designs parents can’t go without, but they’re so often cumbersome and take up floor space that you can’t afford to lose! Thankfully there are ways around dedicating just one space to nappy changes. Instead, look to convert the cot bed into a 2-in-1 station by adding a cot top changer attachment! 

Obaby have you covered here. Their cot top changer comes available in a choice of coordinating colours – fitting the Mini, Classic and Luxe Stamford Cots and Cot Beds. The universal changer accessory can also fit other cot designs with a width of 62-76cm. 

This compact alternative offers the same advantages of a changing unit without sacrificing on floor space. And when your baby has been cleaned, powdered and changed, the cot top changer can be stored away! Removing the need for a baby changing unit, you’ll have more space for other useful storage.

3. Create ‘Zones’ in the Nursery

Oliver Furniture Wood Vertical Boxed Shelving Unit

When little ones first transition out of your bedroom, they may have to share with older siblings if you’re short on space. This can be troublesome for everyone involved! Avoid those tantrums and create defined zones in their shared bedroom with useful furniture designs.

The Oliver Furniture Wood Vertical Boxed Shelving Unit comes available in two sizes, both measuring 180cm in height. By using this boxy bookcase as a room divider, both baby and their brother or sister can enjoy their own space, while also sharing. Add storage boxes and baskets for their toys and alternate the colours so they know who’s is who’s and use the other shelves for shared books and belongings! Hopefully this way they’ll soon warm up to the idea of sharing.

By using the height of the room you’ll be cramming in more storage than you thought possible!

4. Don’t Let the Wall Space Go to Waste!

Obaby Stamford Kids Shelving Unit

Quite often the nursery ends up being the box room in the house! If floor space isn’t your friend, use the walls to your advantage!

Keeping floors clear for essential furniture, add pieces like the Obaby Stamford Kids Shelving Unit to the nursery. Featuring two shelves – store books, toys and treasures and below hang outfits and bags. If you can spare a hook or two, personalise with decorations!

If you mount the shelves at eye level, it’s also great for keeping things out of reach of curious little ones! And when they’re older, this space-saving shelving unit can continue to be used throughout their childhood. The contents will change over the years, but will always be useful.

5. Find Furniture for Those Awkward Spaces

Vox Vintage Tall Chest of Drawers in a Choice of Oak or 5 Pastel Colours

Not all nursery layouts are as simple as four walls, floor and ceiling. Especially in older properties; rooms can feature awkward alcoves, chimney breasts, wall plugs and radiators that can’t be moved. If you find yourself running out of space for… well everything, have a look around the nursery and see if you can fit additional storage into those spaces you might not have considered before. Take down all your measurements and play a game of furniture Tetris and see if you can squeeze in another unit!

Designs like the Vox Vintage Tall Chest of Drawers are great at fitting into those hard-to-fill spots and offer much-needed storage space. Designed without handles to save even more room; the slimline unit features 5 push-open drawers ready to be crammed full of nursery essentials. From onesies to their dinky dungarees, all of their baby clothes can be tidied away into a space you hadn’t thought you could use.

6. Corner Wardrobes are the Way Forward

Vox Simple Customisable Corner Wardrobe

When selecting a wardrobe unit for the nursery, don’t just choose any old cupboard! This nursery staple can take up a lot of floor space, but by selecting a smart space-saving design you’ll get all you can from your furniture.

Completely customisable, from the colour to the handles and feet – the Vox Simple Corner Wardrobe is technically a 2 door wardrobe, but with lots of extra storage to play with. Open up the doors to find 4 height adjustable shelves for baby bedding, diapers and toys and on the other side, outfits can be hung on the 2 clothes rails, ready for their next change.

Not just a space-saver, the soft close doors ensure your baby isn’t rudely awoken during nap time and the LED motion sensor light is a great feature for grabbing their essentials in the early hours.

Corner wardrobes are a great investment piece too, they’ll be used from birth all through to their teens. And that means you’ll only be assembling furniture once… phew!

7. Find Multi-Functional Furniture

Gaia Baby Tweed Serena Footstool

Designed to be paired with the coordinating nursing chair, the Gaia Baby Tweed Serena Footstool has a hidden secret. Lift the lid to find a generously sized storage space!

Perfect for toys and books, the 2-in-1 design ensures you’re getting all you can from one furniture design. Where other footstools might only serve one purpose, the Gaia Baby Serena Stool gives your tootsies a time out and keeps teddy bears on hand when your little one needs soothing.

This is just one example, but there are lots of other multi-functional furniture favourites available here at Cuckooland!

8. Select a Set That Has it all!

Obaby Stamford Luxe Cot Bed 7 Piece Nursery Furniture Set

If you’re finding it hard to select individual pieces that utilise the space in the nursery and offer plenty of storage, try selecting a cohesive set that’s functional with plenty of practical features and places to hide away baby bits and bobs.

Available in a choice of colours, the Obaby Stamford Luxe Cot Bed 7 Piece Nursery Furniture Set has everything a new parent and baby could need! As it says in the name, the 7 furniture pieces each feature useful storage, ensuring floors and surfaces are kept clear and tidy. Even the nursing chair features handy storage pockets for wipes, muslins, soft toys and story books – ready for your next visit with your little one!

Including a double wardrobe with drawers and bookcase, baby changing unit, 5 drawer tall dresser, toy box, wall shelf with hooks, nursing chair and convertible cot bed with trundle drawer – the set grows with your baby, so the more they accumulate the less of a headache it will be finding a home for it all.

And if you’re not able to fit in all of this furniture, each of these designs are available separately if you’d rather pick and choose your Obaby Stamford set!

Select Nursery Storage That’s Smarter!

These are some of our top tips and recommendations, but we’re bursting with ideas on how to decorate the nursery and utilise every inch of space! If you’d like to hear more, call +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email, let’s talk space-saving solutions!


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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