How to Design a Nursery on a Budget

Designing your baby’s room doesn’t have to deplete your life savings, and as an added bonus, you don’t have to sacrifice quality or style to achieve a nursery within your budget.  Here are a few tips to help design the nursery you want without dipping into his or her future college fund.

  • Have a plan.   Check out our previous blog “Decorate Your Baby’s Nursery in 5 Easy Steps” for ideas on what can seem like an overwhelming process.  After identifying the bigger ticket items, you can find creative ways to make the rest of the room fit within your budget.  This will reduce any unexpected surprises and ultimately save you money.
  • On this note, select furniture that can last through childhood, that way you only have to buy them once.   If you do borrow or buy furniture second hand, be sure to check out safety guidelines. Vintage cribs are charming, provided they meet safety recommendations.  We used a hand me down changing table, but only after we made sure it was firm and secure.  Safety is the most important concern when shopping garage sales or accepting hand me downs.
  • A big expense with any home improvement project is labor, so do as much of the work you can yourself. Painting walls and furniture yourself is a great way to cut your costs, if you can stand the fumes.  Even if you don’t plan to design your bedding using our Nursery Designer tool, at least see how your nursery will look with different fabrics and crib colors against wall paints and floor coverings (that way, no painting the room twice!).  I’m no designer, but being able to preview what looks good together, makes me feel like one!
  • A little more on paint…select a color for the walls that will “grow” with the child.  Check out our previous blog “How to Design a Nursery That Will Grow With Your Child” for more ideas on creating an “age neutral” nursery.
  • If your friends or family have a baby shower for you, it is a great opportunity to register for some of your nursery must-haves.  But if your like me, and tend to get overwhelmed by all the provisions a new mom and baby need, rely on your network of family and friends who have been there to prioritize your wish list, provide ideas that you may have overlooked, and share any advice or wisdom that will help get you through the next few months.  With that said, we’re happy to lend a hand as well. If you have specific questions or need help, send us a message on our Twitter or Facebook page.  Other moms like you may have the same dilemma and we love to get these conversations going.  And we are constantly perusing the web for helpful articles to post.  Not to mention our in-house designer, Rose, who answers questions and assists with custom bedding in addition to providing and updating the “Ideas and Inspirations” page.
  • Expand storage space by adding extra shelves in the closet or on your nursery walls.  Shelves on the nursery wall can be practical as well as decorative.  Almost all baby things (toys, clothes, etc) are cute when displayed in a neat fashion, and affordable storage units and kits are available from a wide variety of retailers. Plus, reducing clutter will go a long way to helping you stay organized and sane on reduced sleep.
  • Rocking chairs are one of those big-ticket items we mentioned earlier, but don’t underestimate how important a comfortable chair can be for those late night feedings.   There are a wide range of options and prices, but take the time to “kick the tires” and get a chair that works for you.
  • Custom bedding is not out of the question if you are on a budget.  With our Nursery Designer, we’ve streamlined the process to offer you a wonderful assortment of quality fabrics and tools to create the bedding of your dreams at an affordable price.

Keeping your nursery within a budget can seem a daunting task, but it is possible with a little time and planning.  Not only will you increase the amount of money left in your savings account, but you’ll also increase the amount of enjoyment you’ll have in the process.