9 Stylishly Clever Nursery Design Hacks

As a designer, I love good design. Not only that, I love clever, smart, well-thought out design, the kind of design ideas that make you go, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” I also love to organize, and as I’ve discovered with all of the things that come with having a baby, well-designed organization is essential.

Here are some great nursery organization and decor ideas — design hacks, if you will — that are ridiculously clever and simple to do or make in your own nursery!

  • 9 Clever Design Nursery Hacks

    9 Clever Design Nursery Hacks

    There are lots of ways to make nursery organization more thoughtful and efficient – while still pretty to look at! Here are 9 super clever, super easy nursery design hacks you can do in your nursery in just one afternoon!

    Click on through to see them all.

  • Hanging Bucket Storage

    Making use of vertical storage space is a popular design hack that’s perfect for the nursery! Here, a set of hanging buckets that match a nautical nursery theme bring changing table essentials within arms’ reach without having to bend over.

    Photo credit: Project Nursery

    See the Full Nursery Reveal at Project Nursery

  • Stacked Wooden Box Bookcase

    This weekend DIY project results in a stunning, striking piece of decor for baby’s first room. Constructed from plywood, the interiors of each shelf were painted to match the nursery, then stacked asymmetrically. To ensure safety for the curious phase, clips secured the boxes to each other in place in the back.

    Photo credit: Lauren & Kyle, chezerbey

    See the Full Tutorial at chezerbey

  • Pegboard Changing Table Storage

    I love all of the rustic boys’ charm that this little snapshot of Henry’s nursery provides. The pegboard is an en especially clever design hack, allowing you to customize your vertical storage needs as baby grows. This design hack is the perfect marriage of form and function!

    Photo credit: Joni, Lay Baby Lay

    See the Full Nursery Reveal at Lay Baby Lay

  • Printable Nursery Art

    I love the simple vintage schoolbook-inspired look of these alphabet prints. Decorating your nursery doesn’t have to be complicated or break the bank – there are lots of places to download free printable nursery decor and art that you can print right at home, like these adorable alphabet cards.

    Photo credit: Ashley & Jamin, The Handmade Home

    Get More FREE Nursery Printables at The Handmade Home

  • Spice Rack Bookshelves

    These easy-to-assemble and stylish looking bookshelves are actually spice racks from IKEA! They’re the perfect width and depth to stack your child’s books on the walls, making efficient use of vertical storage.

    Photo credit: Gemma, The Sweetest Digs

    See the Tutorial at The Sweetest Digs

  • Under Crib Storage

    With as many toys and gifts and basic essentials that quickly accumulate with having a baby, you may think you’re running out of space. But this clever design hack of using an under-the-bed storage tote slipped under the crib (and hidden by a crib skirt) takes advantage of copious space hidden in plain sight.

    Photo credit: Lauren, A Lovely Lark

    See More Nursery Organization Ideas from A Lovely Lark

  • Designer Rocker at Half the Price

    What new mom doesn’t love rocking their baby to sleep in a comfy, cozy rocking chair? I’m a firm believer in making a solid investment in a good rocker or glider for your nursery, since you end up spending a LOT of time in it, especially in the early months. Mackenzie at Interiors by Kenz shows you how to make a designer-inspired rocker – that’s SUPER comfy – for half the price.

    Photo credit: Mekenzie, Interiors by Kenz

    See the Full Tutorial at Interiors by Kenz

  • DIY Paper Circle Mobile

    A mobile is a great way to stimulate baby’s brain development, giving them something to look at and focus on while in their crib. You can easily make your own for a fraction of the cost with some brightly colored paper to match your nursery colors, an embroidery hoop and some thread or fishing wire.

    Photo credit: Katie, View from the Fridge

    See the Tutorial at View from the Fridge

  • Changing Table Hook Rail

    It seems so simple, and yet it’s so brilliant: add a line of hooks or pegs to the edge of your changing table to keep hanging clothes, towels or other necessities within quick reach. We did the same thing in our nursery with just a few peel-and-stick Command hooks on the side of our changing dresser.

    Photo credit: Project Nursery

    See More Nursery Organization Ideas at Project Nursery

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