Design Ideas for Parents & a Baby Sharing a Room

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Design Ideas for Parents & a Baby Sharing a Room
You will need to decorate two bedrooms in one when you share yours with your baby. (David Buffington/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Whether you're sharing your bedroom with your baby due to a lack of space or because you want to, your decor should include details that ensure that your room meets your needs and the needs of your baby. Decorate your bedroom in a manner that makes it comfortable for all three of you, while appearing attractive and harmonious.

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Purchase the most compact furniture you can and choose pieces that do double-duty when possible. If your baby will only share your bedroom for her first few months of life, you can probably use a bassinet or compact crib that won't take up as much room as a standard crib. Give her a couple of your dresser drawers instead of bringing in another dresser if she'll only be rooming with you temporarily. However, give her own dresser if you'll share with your baby for the unforeseeable future. Use a changing table attachment that goes on top of the dresser rather than purchasing a separate changing table.

Arrange your furniture to allow for the most floor space and convenience, and to create zones. For example, create a zone for the baby in a corner opposite of where you place your bed. Her dresser or the rocking chair you typically rock her in should be in close proximity to her crib. Separating the space into zones also allows you to put up a room divider or install a curtain divider if you want to block off your space or hers for privacy reasons.

Colours and Themes

Paint the walls a light, soothing colour that you like and that appeals to the baby. For example, light blue will work with a casual beach feel on your side and nearly any theme on his side. Use a neutral colour if you want your son's area to be decorated with a firetruck theme but don't like the colour red. Add a few red firetruck details to his area, such as a firetruck wall clock, mobile or peel-and-stick decals on the wall above his crib. Limit the baby decorations to his zone so your entire bedroom doesn't look like a nursery.


Babies require a lot of storage space for all of their tiny belongings even when they have their own bedrooms. Implementing a strategy for storage and organisation is imperative if you want to be able to find your favourite shirt when you're running late for work or a clean sleeper for the baby during middle of the night emergencies. Utilise every inch of space you can find and use baskets, bins or other storage containers to keep it all organised.

Store the baby's extra receiving blankets in plastic bins tucked under the crib. Keep diapers and wipes in the top drawer of the dresser-turned-changing table. Hang a second closet rod or a hanging shelf in the closet for the baby's clothes. Stack shelves or drawers on the closet floor and on top of shelves to store out-of-season items or clothes the baby has grown out of or hasn't grown into. Store your out-of-season clothes in another part of the house or in bins under your bed to free up hanging space in the closet. Keeping your items organised will keep the room tidier, which will make you all feel more at ease.

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