When you're making room for a new baby, it's helpful to know where to shop for small-scale nursery furniture, especially if you live in a city apartment. Here are a few resources that turn up again and again on our kids at home site, Ohdeedoh. All of these stores offer online shopping, so you can do your research from the computer rather than schlepping around town.
This New York-based store has several locations and an extensive online inventory. Look for small space cribs, double-duty and collapsible furniture, and storage caddies. Shown left is the Alma Mini Crib for $400.
Based in Georgia, this store is a good place to look for modern dressers, small cribs, and storage. We like the Skip Hop Bin ($25), a fabric storage bucket with handles.
Fawn & Forest
With a good selection of modern furniture and accessories, this store offers free shipping on orders over $50. Disguised as a pillow, the Modern Twist PJ Pocket ($85) is an unexpected place to stash clothes.
Based in Brooklyn, this store carries a lot of high-quality folding pieces by Cariboo, like this Classic Changing Table ($395), which is pretty enough to use as a living room shelf once the child grows up.
G.U.S. Great Useful Stuff
This store specializes in storage for small spaces: hanging racks, fabric bins, underbed compartments. They have a couple of kids' and babies' lines - the Neat Nursery Closet Organizer ($90) is one example of their fabric systems.
It might not be the first source you think of for small space design, but Overstock has an entire section dedicated to nursery and kids' furniture, and they carry a lot of useful and affordable pieces. The Belle Mini Crib, for instance, is $200.
Mason & Matisse
This high-end store carries some really smart pieces for modern nurseries, like the Studio Crib ($2,100), a design that has a built-in changing table with storage. As the child grows, it converts into a toddler bed with built-in desk.
Another online store for modern nurseries, Spunky Sprout carries all the basics, as well as some harder-to-find items. This is the rolling Stool Kid Box by Boom, $120.
Many of IKEA's kids' products show up in our nursery tours, including the small-scale and affordable Gulliver Crib and the popular Trofast storage system (shown left).
This Oakland-based store provides a lot of smart, small furniture, like the Offi Nester Stacker ($450), a shelving system that can be packed into itself or split up to make side tables.
This Bay area store has a big selection of small-scale pieces for babies and older kids. The Oeuf Classic Crib ($890) is expensive, but it's great for a small space, since you can get it with a changing station ($230) that attaches to the top.
Photo: Oeuf Classic Crib at Design Public