Our friend Tori Swaim, of New Arrivals, Inc., is back sharing this guest post about nursery decorating on a budget. They recently styled some of their new crib bedding with budget finds. We love her tips on how to save money when designing a nursery. Thank, Tori!
Creating a nursery on a budget is not as difficult as you think! There are so many resources for inexpensive but cute items for your nursery or kid’s room. Most of the large discount retailer chains have an abundance of items for baby and kid’s rooms available at budget-friendly prices. Finding the right items for your room may take some time and effort, but in the end, it will be worth it if you end up with a room you love that doesn’t cost you a small fortune. Here are some tips on creating your dream room on a budget.
Buy Long-Term Pieces. Opt for furniture and accessories that will grow with your child. Avoid having to redo an entire room as your child transitions into his or her big kid room. Choose rugs, lamps and wall decor that aren’t too babyish.
Use Discount Retailers. Frequent large retail discounters like HomeGoods, Target, TJMaxx and IKEA. Find out when your local store gets their weekly shipments. Make sure to visit them that day or the day after for the best selection. If you see an item but are not sure if it will work in your room or not, buy it anyway. You can take it home, try it and return it if necessary. HomeGoods gets an awesome selection of rugs, lamps, mirrors and storage baskets, but the good stuff sells out fast.
Find Inexpensive Wall Decor. There are tons of free printables available on the internet. Google “free nursery printables,” and you will be overwhelmed by the selection of adorable artwork you can print and frame. Find inexpensive frames at flea markets, garage sales, craft stores, Target and IKEA.
Use a Dresser as a Changing Table. Make a changing table out of the top of your nursery dresser by adding a changing pad on the top. This idea will save you money and space. When you are done with changing diapers, you can remove the pad, and voila, you have your dresser top back!
DIY Projects. If you’re crafty, there are tons of DIY projects that are inexpensive, easy and will jazz up your little one’s room. Projects such as crib mobiles, tassels, wall decor, garlands, book storage, embroidery hoops and paper lanterns are quick and easy.
Buy Secondhand Furniture for Storage Pieces. Look for used dressers, side tables, shelves and more on Craigslist, ebay and at garage sales. Refresh and refurbish by painting or stenciling your piece. Keep in mind, it is not recommended to buy a used crib.
Fake Your Own Wallpaper. Try stenciling, wall decals or chalkboard paint to liven up the walls in your nursery. Although stenciling can be time consuming, these ideas can all be done for a fraction of the cost of painting or wallpapering the entire room.
Swip Swap. Look online for “swip swap” sites, where people are looking to exchange baby or kids items for free or for a small price. Most cities also have a local “swip swap” on Facebook—just search “swip swap” on your Facebook page. Most groups are closed but have an option for you to join group.
What methods did you use to save while decorating your nursery? We’d love to hear.