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11 Ways To Create A Beautiful Nursery On A Budget

Pregnancy is such an exciting time (albeit stressful at times) and there are so many things you can do to enjoy the process even more. 

Decorating a nursery was definitely one of the most enjoyable aspects of baby preparation for me. It can be daunting, especially when you see the price tag on some of the most coveted baby items, but before you raid your savings or part with all your hard-earned cash, take a look at my tips below on how you can create a beautiful nursery without breaking the bank!

1. Upcycle

You may have items already at home that you could turn into beautiful nursery décor/furniture or you may pick up something with a lot of potential at a car boot sale/market. If you find such an item, think about what it could become rather than what it looks like right now. Think along the lines of a chest of drawers covered in scratches that could be painted and turned into a changing table!

2. Shop Around

The best approach is the one you would take when you make any large investment. Don’t settle for the first thing you see and pay whatever they are charging for it. You can be lucky when you shop around and find the same item cheaper somewhere else or you might even find something even nicer.

3. Think Outside The Box... Room!

In most houses, the box room is turned into the nursery when baby is on the way. We do however have some hidden gems in other rooms in our houses that could be ideal in the nursery. Do you have a chair that would be perfect for feeding, a rug that would be ideal for tummy time or an inspiration wall hanging that would capture your baby’s attention?

4. Second Hand Can Be Just As Good

There is no rule that everything has to be brand new when buying for baby. In fact, you may have friends or family that have items they would like to donate that would be perfect for your nursery. Local buy/sell pages can be great for getting what you need on a budget too!

5. DIY

If you are the creative type, you can create some beautiful personal touches for your child’s rooms. One such piece is a mobile for over the crib and with so many useful hints, tips and tutorials available online, there is no reason any of us couldn’t create a picture-perfect nursery that would make any celebrity jealous.

6. It Doesn’t Have To Be Made For A Nursery

It is not always necessary to buy items that are purpose made for a nursery. There are so many beautiful homewares items available at very low prices that would look gorgeous in a nursery that wasn't originally intended for that use. Shops like Penney’s and Dealz are amazing for little finishing touches so keep an open mind when shopping!

7. Recover An Old Rocking Chair

Look in your parents/grandparent’s attic, you may find an old rocking chair in need of some TLC. Older rocking chairs are sturdy and can be beautifully carved. A lick of paint/varnish and some updated upholstery can give it a new lease of life, not to mention saving you a fortune on feeding chairs!

8. Think Long Term 

Pieces that will last beyond toddlerhood. While it is nice to have cute pieces of furniture with footballs or butterflies on them, think about choosing more neutral pieces that will stand the test of time. A neutral palette of cream/beige can be beautiful and timeless if done right without looking plain.

9. Wall Decals

Decals are available in so many places now at a fraction of the price of painting a mural and the huge benefit is that they can just be peeled off when baby gets older, making redecorating so much easier!

10. Decorate With Family Photos

You don’t always have to decorate your nursery with cute pictures and items, it can be just as nice and effective if you get some low-cost frames all the same colour in different sizes and shapes and fill them with family photos and the bonus is that baby will grow up looking at pictures of the people they love.

11. Low Cost/Flat Pack Storage

Argos and Ikea are great for these pieces and the prices are great! Although flat pack furniture has been known to cause many a divorce, it is a great way to save a few euro when you are decorating.

12. Room/bedding etc

Don’t all have to match. Mismatching can be just as pretty as matching. Think along the lines of a colour palette rather than a pattern that has to match. Different shades of a particular colour or a general theme could be just as effective as a full matching range of bedding and décor but would cost you a fraction of the price!

Let us know your budget tips in the comments below!


About the Author

Jenny Sherlock is a working mom of three children, aged 9, 5 and the youngest arrived in January this year. She is a civil servant and a freelance writer. She enjoys art, reading, music and good food. She gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting, warts and all! Check out her blog seriouslymammy.wordpress.com for more!

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