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How to Decorate a Baby's Nursery Room on a Budget

Updated on March 25, 2012
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Every mother's fantasy when having a baby is to have the perfect nursery to bring her sweet bundle of job home to. Unfortunately, those "perfect" nurseries we see in magazines cost a pretty penny.

So what is a mom to do when her dream isn't within her reach?

There are ways to have a beautiful nursery on a budget, but it takes some rational thinking and some creative planning.

Be Realistic when Planning your Nursery Decor

Emotions run high during pregnancy, so avoid getting swept away by cute duckies and designer bedding. It is necessary to have a plan of attack in place in order to prevent the extreme spending that can occur when decorating for a little one.

The first and most important thing to do before you go out shopping is to make a realistic budget.

Write a complete list of what you have on hand and what you will need. Do you have any hand me downs, baby shower gifts, etc?

Next, price out the items that you will need, such as cribs, chairs, changing tables and dressers. If you are in need of all these items, you will quickly realize that it will be next to impossible to buy these items new on a $200 budget.

It is much easier to plan this out ahead of time than it is to get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping only to realize you don't have the means to pay for everything you want.



Purchasing Used Items for your Baby's Nursery

If you are without any of the large items for your baby's room it would be wise to find some of these items used.

Changing tables, dressers, and chairs can be purchased used with no problem. There are so many people that are practically giving away baby items on Craigslist and Ebay. They are often times in practically new condition for 1/2 the price!

Don't think about color when it comes to dressers and changing tables. Painting furniture is a fantastic way to spruce up your space and truly make it unique without breaking the bank.

Please make sure to check the safety of your used items that you are looking to purchase. There are some baby items, such as a car seat. that should be purchased new or only very slightly used. One of the nursery items that would fall into this category would be a crib. Be sure to check with the most recent federal regulations on buying used cribs. Some cribs have been designated as unsafe or recalled.

Assess what you truly need for the room. Do you really need that comfy rocking chair in the corner and can you do without a changing table for a couple months? Although some items make life easier, they aren't always a necessity. If your budget comes down to it, you may need to hold off on some purchases until you can save the funds necessary.


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Decide on a Theme for the Nursery

Once you have the furniture pieces purchased, you now get to spend the rest of your budgeted money on the fun stuff!

Decide on a theme or a color combination for the room so that you have a plan while scouring the stores. It is often easiest to find a crib set first so that you can find coordinating accessories to match.

Stay away from the specialty stores and baby botiques - these stores will have some of the cutest decor, but the hefty price tag will reflect that. You may be suprised at the great finds at Target, Walmart, BabysRUs and similar stores. Don't be afraid to mix and match to get the look you are going for.

If you really desire to have a unique bedding set and possess sewing skills necessary, you could always choose to make your own crib bedding. If you choose to go this route, just be conscious of your fabric choices because you may have been better off to buy your bedding at the botique.

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Painting a Baby's Room

Painting is one of the cheapest things you can do to change the look of a room. You have many more choices than just pink, blue or yellow. Think outside the box and choose colors that will make the room unique and compliment your bedding choices.

The use of wall decals and stencils can also add a special feel to a room, without costing you an arm and leg.


Once you have completed your dream nursery on a budget you will feel so good about your accomplishments! Trust me you will be glad to have saved in one aspect of your baby's life...you will have plenty of things to spend money on for this little child, like diapers and college.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      These ideas are so cute! You're right: if you make and stick to the budget, it's not bad and it can be really fun coming up with new and varied ways to decorate the baby's room. :)

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      Robin Edmondson 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I love the use of wall decals in a children's room. Your tree in your photo is really cute. The hardest part about a baby's room is the budget; thanks for covering that!

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