The secret to an adorably decorated nursery lies in sufficient storage – for both displaying cute toys and photos, and concealing the not so pretty but necessary accruements, like nappies and breast pads. Our guide will help you enjoy the tranquility of a neatly organised nursery while you can – let’s be honest, you’ve only got six months, max, until he or she is busily pulling it out all over the floor… on repeat.
1. The storage shelves that just keep giving
We think this Dollhouse Bookcase from lust-worthy American brand Pottery Barn Kids is utterly adorable. Add baskets to store muslins and bibs (it’s impossible to have too many) in the early days and then switch-up to books and toys as your child grows. In fact, it could easily be used as an actual doll’s house – just add a few Sylvanian Families room sets – once your little one hits the role play stage. Supplied with a tip-resistant kit to prevent toppling hazards, it measures H152cm xW100cm xD30cm.
2. Face it – this basket is too cute to leave behind
There are quite a few of these Scandi-style canvas baskets around but the cute face on this My K Storage Basket from Mothercare gives us all the feels. Made from sturdy canvas, it won’t droop like some linen versions can, and the handles make it easier to lug about when chock full of toys or laundry. Designed by Myleene Klass – there’s a whole collection of My K accessories if matchy-matchy is your thing – it measures H32.5cm x Dia. 36cm.
3. Mid-century nursery classic
Forget boring old pine drawers, this Sparrow Three Drawer Dresser by Oeuf NYC has a subtle Mid-century vibe that'll take your tot right up to teen’dom. Soft-close drawers on decent runners ensure smooth access to all your baby’s clobber, and you can even buy a tray top to turn it into a changing table (available separately). This is the White and Birch option but it's also available in All-White or White and Walnut. The three-drawer measures H84.5cm x W94cm x D50cm.
4. Naturally charming toy storage
Made from woven seagrass, this set of two toy storage hampers from Mini Maison is just bursting with rustic charm – perfect for homes by the coast or country. Lined to prevent snagging, they have leather straps to keep contents neatly closed away, plus leather handles for lifting ease. We love the crafty look of the stitched Toys labels, too – Allsopp eat your heart out! It measures H53cm x W31cm x D25cm (for the biggest).
Find more toy storage ideas in our buyer's guide.
5. Train 'em young to tidy up
It’s never too early to start teaching your little one to tidy up after him/herself, and this Gulliver Toy Box & Book Shelf combo from GLTC is the perfect starting point. Low level, so that everything is in easy reach, it’s super sturdy and topple-proof so you won’t need to worry. Measuring H53.5cm x W60cm x D49cm, it’s designed to be used with GLTC’s Canvas storage cubes, which come in 20 fab designs (sold separately).
Find more brilliant kids' book storage buys in our guide.
6. Shelves with sound eco credentials
Although not specifically designed for nursery use, Loaf’s Papa Shelves are proof that it’s worth thinking outside the box. Cleverly, it can be expanded horizontally and vertically (by connecting additional units) to grow with your child’s storage needs. Made of solid reclaimed fir, with baskets hand-woven from recycled plastic, it ticks all our ethical boxes, too. H75cm x W90cm x D35cm.
Find more ethical and sustainable buys for your home in our guide.
7. Made to measure nursery storage
Fully customisable on colour, size and shelving configurations, the Tall Holly Bookshelf by Nidi is made to your specification in Italy. Nubie can help with your design, including the various colour options for both frame and backing board, and also provides an installation service for this fitted unit, if required. Dimensions vary.
8. Smart two-piece for a co-ordinated nursery
Timelessly stylish, East Coast’s Montreal nursery furniture includes this chic Two Door Wardrobe, with a full width hanging rail and top shelf inside, plus deep bottom drawer that’s perfect for toys that your little one will be able to reach, eventually. Add the three Drawer Chest, with removable changing tray, for a coordinated look. The wardrobe measures H168cm x W90cm x D52.5cm, while the chest is H94cm x W78.5cm x D50.5cm.
Find our pick of the best baby changing tables in our expert guide.
9. Nursery storage to go
Filled with cuddly toys, Olli Ella’s Luggy wheeled basket is fast becoming an Instagram icon – all the best-dressed nurseries have one. And when you’re little darling starts dragging it around the house, be ready for your heart to melt (and the ‘likes’ to go postal). It comes in natural, pink, yellow and white, plus there’s a mummy/daddy sized version of the natural one, which is perfect for lugging book-bags and 'craft' back from the school run. The child’s Luggy measures H55cm x W30cm x D20cm, and the adult version is H104cm x W38cm x D36cm.
10. Wall-hung nursery storage to create a display
Tutor them in the dark art of a good shelfie from an early age with this vintage-style Metal Storage Cabinet from Out There Interiors. The internal shelves are pine and it also comes in a grey version if this fab pink isn’t gender neutral enough. We recommend hanging it high enough that little fingers can’t meddle with your artful vignettes! It measures H64cm x W40cm x D17cm.