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Want your baby’s nursery to look as beautiful as those featured in the interior design magazines, but don’t want to spend too much money on decorating? You, my friend, have reached the right spot! This article lists out some clever tips and tricks on how to decorate a nursery on a budget.

We too agree that preparing a nursery shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. After all, you will, in all likelihood, redecorate this room after another two or three years to accommodate your child’s growing needs (and preferences, mind you). 

You can design a lovely and comfortable space with a little know-how and creativity. And trust us, everyone will still go ooh and aah! So, here are some great ideas to create a budget-friendly space for your little one. These nursery décor tips are as smart as they’re cheap! 

1. Create your own wall art

Don’t want to deal with the stress and money spent on painting the walls? Let your creative juices flow and make the nursery wall your canvas. We love this tree with its “branches” leading to wall-mounted shelves.  

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2. Place a soft area rug

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You can’t go wrong with a soft area rug, especially if you do not have the budget for new flooring. The rug will bring about a cozy twist to the room — while giving you a lot of bang for your buck. Always remember to buy baby-friendly rugs or carpets made with natural fibers.  

3. Invest in a convertible crib

When it comes to your baby’s crib, you, of course, do not want to skimp. You will want the piece of furniture to be safe and durable. A good nursery decorating tip is to invest in a convertible crib. It may cost you more money initially, but the multi-tasker can become a toddler bed or a twin bed, or even a full-size adult bed with a few adjustments. And, if you manage to get a good bargain at a garage sale, it’s even better. All in all, this type of nursery furniture is a good long-term investment! 

4. Get whimsical wall decals

Another budget-friendly hack for your nursery walls is to get wall stickers or decals to give the room a fun vibe. You can think of a theme and let your walls do the talking. We love the white and pink wall decor idea with the stars and the fairy lights. Heavenly, quite literally!

5. Design a handmade mobile

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A mobile hanging over the crib can provide good cognitive and visual stimulation for your child. Instead of opting for a store-bought product, stitch together a DIY mobile with soft fabrics.

But, do remember that it should hang approximately 16 inches above the surface of the crib mattress. NEVER let the strings of the mobile dangle below the crib rails. Make sure your little one is not able to reach it.

6. Utilize wall space with open shelving

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When you’re on a tight budget, you need to utilize every inch of the space. Simple open shelving, instead of elaborate cabinetry, can be easy on your pockets and have great aesthetic values too.

You can keep your child’s books or toys at the top and clothing at the bottom for easy reach. We can already imagine you placing a rocking chair next to it and reading those enchanting stories to your baby. 

7. Get a simple yet beautiful window treatment

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A simple floral drape will infuse your nursery with a warm, breezy vibe. Ensure that your window curtains match the rest of the decor, which can be kept minimal since the curtains will be the only focal point of the room. 

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8. Buy lightweight, movable storage

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If you’re also dealing with space constraints, along with budgetary restrictions, movable hanging storage with a lightweight wired basket is all you’ll need to store your baby’s clothes and accessories. And, you can shift them to the most convenient corner without having to move heavy furniture. 

9. DIY decoration and buntings

Sometimes, all you need is a healthy dose of creativity to add a special touch to a room. If you’re really serious about saving money, you will appreciate this simple budget-friendly tip.

Instead of buying fancy decor items for the nursery, just design strings of colorful triangular flags and hang them from one corner of the nursery to another. The buntings will instantly add a celebratory vibe to the space and beautifully help you design a nursery on a budget.  

10. Think of a soothing, gender-neutral color scheme

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A fresh coat of paint can dramatically change your nursery design. And, its mood. We love how the different shades of blue on the walls add a surreal look to the room. It’s always a good idea to opt for gender-neutral pastel colors. They set a soft backdrop that’s soothing to the eyes. By the way, you may also want to read up on color psychology before painting your nursery. 

11. Create a picture gallery

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You don’t need a Vincent van Gogh or a Pablo Picasso painting for your nursery. What we’re trying to say is that you can save the most expensive wall art for your living room. Your nursery will look just as great with framed prints. These black and white pictures with their cute mottos are just the right accessory for your baby’s room.

12. Install unique nursery lighting

Of course, lighting is very important, especially in a nursery. You want your light fixture to give out a soothing light and yet be creative without burning a hole in your pocket. This industrial bulb is as unique as can be. You can even have light globes or cute wall sconces for the room.

Last thoughts  

Planning a stylish room for your baby doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It’s very much possible to design a peaceful, trendy, and beautiful nursery while keeping your remodeling cost in check.

We hope these money-saving tips and ideas on how to decorate a nursery on a budget will help you create the most awesome space for your bundle of joy.

Read more: Best Nursery Paint Colors   

12 Tips on How to Decorate a Nursery on a Budget was last modified: August 24th, 2020 by Ramona Sinha
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