Welcoming a baby into your life is blissful to say the least. And when it’s your first baby, the excitement knows no bounds! You certainly want to have the best of everything for your cherub and that includes having a beautiful nursery.
With all the thrill and anticipation of having a baby, it is very possible to take some wrong decisions. Moreover, having a stylish nursery doesn’t require you to shell out a lot of dough. So if you have money matters on your mind and don’t want to blow your budget on the baby’s nursery, you’ve come to the right place!
Read on for some great tips on decking up your little one’s nursery when you’re on a tight budget.
Don’t Buy Everything Right Away
Plan wisely before you begin shopping for everything. Apart from stocking up on baby supplies like lotions, creams, powders, and diapers, and collecting free samples and coupons, you’ll have to spend on maternity wear; nursing pads and bottles; a crib, baby bathtub, car seat, and more.
Buying too much too soon can put a load on your monthly budget. So think of all the essentials you’ll need right after the delivery and for a couple of months after the baby arrives. You don’t have to buy a wardrobe or a high chair as your baby won’t need these items immediately; you can purchase them as your baby grows.
Also, buy items gradually to ensure that you’re shopping within your budget. You don’t want to spend all your earnings at one go and then use up your savings to get by.
Buy Some Second-Hand Pieces
Buy a new crib so you don’t have to compromise on the safety of your baby, but don’t shy away from purchasing a second-hand dresser and rocking chair. Pay a visit to thrift stores and garage sales and you’re sure to find several items in ‘like new’ condition. Online retail websites are also great sources of second-hand items in good condition.
Alternatively, if you have friends or relatives who don’t have use of nursery furniture, ask them if they could lend or sell things to you.
Whether you buy new or preloved items, remember to shop wisely. Make maximum use of sales and discounts and subscribe to store newsletters so you know when to hit the stores. Don’t forget to compare prices of furniture that can be used in multiple ways, such as a crib that can turn into a bed. You’re sure to save some money by not having to purchase different things as the baby grows.
Think out of the Box
When you come across new or used items, think of ways you can use them differently. For example, a dresser that is wide enough can be used as a changing table too.
Furthermore, don’t walk past great finds like antique mirrors or photo frames just because they look too dull or are in colors you don’t like. Use your DIY skills and brighten up old metal articles. You can also paint dressers, wall hangings, light fixtures, and more in colors of your choice.
Don’t worry if your nursery purchases seem to be from different worlds; use your creativity to make things appear coherent. A good idea is to repeat patterns, textures, or colors. Also use area rugs or bedding in colors and patterns that work to tie the look together.
Dress up the Walls
You can turn your baby’s nursery from drab to fab by simply dressing up the walls in various ways. Paint a wall in an accent color or use a simple chevron print to spruce up the room. You can also make your own stencils and paint designs on the walls. And don’t forget wallpapers- they come in various price ranges and designs to suit your tastes!
Additionally, use art pieces and prints to adorn the nursery walls. You’re sure to find something you like that doesn’t cost the earth. If you’re feeling a little artsy, you can make a painting by yourself and frame it. Another great option is to frame pictures of loved ones or places you’ve been to and hang them on the walls.
If the nursery has a window and you’re willing to spend a bit, install window treatments in bright colors or combine patterned valances and curtains to give a unique look to the room.
While your little one won’t appreciate the efforts you put into designing the nursery, the new mom certainly will! After all, the nursery is where the baby and mom will spend their time bonding with each other. And having a nursery that looks fantastic is sure to help any mom feel better!
Now that you know that you can have a chic nursery even without spending a lot of dough, there’s nothing to worry about. So use the tips given here and get started on designing your baby’s nursery as soon as you can!