Meredith sent us an email: "Everyone keeps telling me that in a small apartment, we need baby stuff that does 'double duty'. Any suggestions on furniture that really does this, or do I have to give up the city lifestyle and move into a McMansion to fit all the baby's stuff in?"
(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: nursery(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Good Question, Meredith! The idea of furniture doing double-duty can be defined in two ways - either furniture that has more than one purpose while your baby is still a baby, like that Cariboo bassinet and changer combo, above, or furniture that can transition to and from your nursery as needed. While we all know that lots of cribs can convert to toddler beds, and then full beds, it can be harder to figure out what pieces are going to work now for your baby, later for an older child, and in between be flexible enough to be used in other rooms in your apartment. Personally, we like the following:
Custom Storage Systems: Right now, those photo boxes can hold onesies and board books. In a few years, art supplies, yours and the baby's. And if you get tired of the colours, swap the photo storage boxes out for new ones.
Elfa shelving systems: We aren't sure there is a problem out there that Elfa shelves can't solve. Install them so that there is a low desk at the bottom for the kids, and high shelves for the stuff you don't want them to reach, like that box of cookies you are hiding from them to eat after you put them to bed. But these are just two ideas, and we know there are more and better ones out there. People, help keep Meredith out of the McMansion! What are your suggestions for double-duty furniture?