A new bundle of joy is headed your way and you’re over the moon except for one thing—you’re wondering where to put said bundle. If you’re in a home you love and don’t want to move, it might be time to get creative with the space you have. Have a new addition or additions to the family? Read on for ways to create more room for yourself and your new wee boy or girl. Planning for a baby can feel overwhelming, but we can help.
If an addition or move is out, it might be time to sit down with your current children and break the news that it’s time for some bedroom cohabitation. We say “break the news,” but the truth is, you can make creating a “big girl” or “big boy” bedroom fun and exciting. Let them pick out bunk or other beds they love that will work together in the same room. Throw a move-in party for them. Push their bed time back by half an hour. Do anything you can to let them know this is a good thing.
If you’ve ever spent any time watching shows on HGTV, you know that lofts can not only create a lot of space, but they also can look amazing. Lofting beds to create more room doesn’t just have to be what one does when they go off to college and hit their tiny dorm rooms. Adding a mezzanine is another technique that works. As this Houzz article notes, “Building a mezzanine (an in-between floor) or loft level for your bed is a fantastic way to increase the floor space of a compact flat.” The article goes on to note, “It effectively adds another room, as well as increasing resale value.” Having a baby is an amazing thing but, between the inevitable crying and the many baby items you’ll have strewn about, your house that once felt quite large can quickly feel claustrophobic. This is one way to help with that.
Consider an Addition
If you’ve got the financial means, the time, and the energy level, an addition can be just what you need to avoid moving while also making enough room for your new little bundle. But you can’t just tack on an extra room willy-nilly and call it a home addition. As this HGTV article notes, there are four steps to an addition. First and foremost, consider your options. You might find that you can avoid this hassle by getting creative in other ways (like what we’ve already mentioned here!). Next, you’ve got to plan the build, including your demolition strategy. You obviously need experts on hand for this. Thirdly, choose your materials. And, lastly, get your project done by hiring people who know how to see something like this through to fruition. When selling homes, the masterminds at Frontier Properties LLC will often consider who they are catering to, and will make the necessary additions to ensure the homes they sell work for families in Denver.
Because this is a huge undertaking, you likely want to do it as soon as you discover you are pregnant. Taking this on as the date approaches can add a lot of undue stress, especially because you’re likely keeping in mind the need to save money for the baby.
Get Creative With Your Storage
Babies come with a lot of stuff. From baby blankets and pacifiers to endless diapers and clothes that need constant changing, these tiny humans require a lot of room in comparison to their itty bitty bodies. Consider putting your beds up on stilts to enlist the room underneath for storage. Build storage units in places like empty areas under stairways. Use the storage underneath the changing table and baby’s crib, as anything under the latter will be hidden by the bed skirt you choose. Simply walk around your home and observe where there are areas that can serve more than one function. You’ll be so glad once your babe makes his or her big arrival.
Many designers will advise you to do this when trying to create space. From baskets that shoot straight up to crates that can be stacked, going vertical is a great and efficient way to make more storage areas in any room.
Don’t let a lack of space detract from the exciting news that you’re bringing home a new member of your family. Use any or all of these creative ways to make more room and you’ll be able to enjoy every last baby giggle.