Favorite Room: Baby’s Nursery in a Closet


When Ashley and Aron found out they were expecting a baby boy, they wondered if they should move out of their studio apartment. Could three people squeeze into just 500 square feet? But then they had the brilliant idea to turn a closet into the World’s Smallest Nursery. Now that their son, Hudson, has arrived, Ashley shares how it all worked out …

How small is the closet, really?
6 square feet. It’s the passageway between our bedroom area and the bathroom.

What if you have to get into the bathroom at night?
When Hudson was a newborn, we didn’t want to risk waking him up. Aron once went 13 floors down to use the bathroom in our building’s laundry room. I washed my hair in the kitchen sink.

















And now that Hudson is older?
Now we tiptoe past to use the bathroom, but we have to debate whether or not we can risk the loud flush. Same with taking showers. I’ve army-crawled past him to get from the bathroom to our bedroom. And the floorboards squeak in spots — we once marked them with painter’s tape for a babysitter.

What happens if you wake him up?
I once got trapped in the bathroom waiting for him to lie back down — at 3 in the morning! Rather than risk doing more damage, I put towels in the bathtub and tried to fall asleep. After that happened, anytime we go to the bathroom while he’s asleep, we bring our cell phones, so we’ll have something to do if we get stuck.

Does he ever play in the nursery?
Most of our bedtime routine happens on our bed (books, nursing, etc.) but then we stand over the crib and read or recite “Goodnight Moon.”

You’re moving to California this summer. Will you miss the closet nursery or never look back?
Even though it’s tiny and ridiculous, it’s a special spot. We set it up together, and it will always be fondly remembered as Hudson’s first room. We’ll probably have a romantic nostalgia about it, like an old Bob Dylan album cover — that time we lived in New York and Hudson slept in a closet.

Mobile by Fraizer and Wing.
Wallpaper by Ferm Living.
Crib by Bloom Baby.
Photos by Ashley and Aron from Hither & Thither.

Comments (9)

  • I applaud their industriousness but I also think there is something to be said for teaching babies to sleep through noise! All that tip-toeing around and hiding out in the bathroom would drive me nuts. We live in a small studio and our daughters sleep out in the living room. They sleep through everything!

  • sweet! where are they moving in CA?

  • this goes to show that no matter what a circumstance, you can make a room/place special. thanks for sharing the story!

  • How creative and adorable! I especially love the new parent creativity in striving not to disrupt the sleeping baby lol…those are already fond memories, no?

    …’that time we lived in New York and Hudson slept in a closet.’ — perfect!


  • What hilarious tiptoeing antics! Very sweet. We live in a small urban flat we call the Bunker, and I’m looking forward to antics of my own when the babies come someday.

  • I think its great that this family took what they had and made the best of it. They did a great job! I think they’ve set a great example for America. We don’t have to run out and buy what’s bigger and better for convenience. We CAN just make due with what we have and still have a good thing.

  • Well, this doesn’t make me feel so bad about designing my son’s 86″ x 96″ nursery. It’s about quality, not quantity. Plus, LOTS of vision and love. You can check out the finished product here:

    Here is my inspiration board for my son’s new big boy room. He is graduating to another 86″ x 112″ room once baby # 2 arrives:

  • It’s awesome! Our apartment is 571 Sq Ft, also in NYC. We have a son who is about to turn 18 years old and we have raised him here, in this little tiny abode. He sleeps in the living room and never complained. My parents also raised my siblings and I the same way… family of 5 in a studio, then a 1-bedroom, and finally a 2-bedroom. We, parents, while well-intentioned tend to damage our children with a sense of entitlement to material things. They are entitled to your unconditional love, nurture and discipline. Do that, and you’ll have happy children. Separate rooms for everyone are exactly that, a separated family, each member doing their own thing, without any sense of fellowship and harmony, learning from one another and loving each other.

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