Good Questions: Making a Nook Work

Good Questions: Making a Nook Work

Kristin
Jul 13, 2007

AT reader Robin is looking for some suggestions: My nursery is the size of a postage stamp, and compounding the problem is that one wall has a recessed nook in it, making it impossible to put a dresser on that wall. I don't want to waste that space, because I need all the storage I can get - this room has no closet! The nook is 28" wide, and I can't find a highboy that would fit in this space. Ideas?

Well, the good news is, we do know of a highboy that would fit a 28" nook - the Balcony Wardrobe at Crate and Barrel, pictured at left. The middle section is just shelves, which you could easily throw a few baskets on to use as infant clothing storage, and at 6' tall, this is a lot of storage in a slim profile. But it is also $599.00, and there are less expensive options.

Cheaper and easier might be simply building shelves from floor to ceiling within your nook. Personally, we love the Bjarnum brackets from Ikea - you can cut the shelves to size and the brackets fit over the ends, giving a very built in look. DIY brakets and shelves also mean that you can go right to the ceiling, if you want, for extra storage.

Cheaper still is at the lumber yard, where you can buy shelf bracket wood by the yard, and they can cut it to fit, along with some wood shelves. Toss a spring-loaded bar across the top, hang up some pretty fabric, and you just made yourself a closet!

AT:Nursery readers, if you had a 28" nook and a desperate need for more storage, what would you do?

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