How To Decorate A Sweet And Stylish Nursery On A Budget

How To Decorate A Sweet And Stylish Nursery On A Budget

Preparing to welcome a new baby into your lives is an exciting time. However, if your household finances are tight, it can also be stressful, as you wonder how you will provide your baby with everything it needs. 

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to prepare a nursery for your little bundle of joy without having to spend money you can’t afford. Read on for some top tips on decorating a beautiful nursery on a budget. 

Before You Start: Make Sure It Is Warm And Cosy

While wanting to create a beautiful and nurturing space for your new baby is a natural desire, the most important aspect of your nursery to focus on is not the way it looks but the way it feels. As you may imagine, newborn babies are delicate creatures and very sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Sudden drops or spikes in the temperature of the nursery could affect your little one’s health, so it’s vital that you make sure the room is warm, dry, and well-ventilated – but not too warm. 

To help you keep the room at a steady temperature, you may wish to install low-temperature radiators in the nursery for constant, comfortable, energy-efficient heating. To get them installed, simply contact an experienced electrician using Trade Facilities Services. Whether you live in Cornwall or are looking for skilled electricians in Edinburgh, they can help you find the perfect person for the job. You may also want to look into getting a ventilation system fitted in the nursery to make sure the air is always fresh and clean for your little one’s delicate lungs. 

Next – Set Your Budget

These days, all of us are looking to cut corners wherever we can. While you are probably keen to create a gorgeous sanctuary for your new baby, there is no reason why you can’t do this on a strict budget. 

The important thing is to decide exactly how much you can afford to spend – remember, babies can be expensive to care for, so you need to make sure you have enough money for their nappies, wet wipes, bottles, sterilisers, pushchairs, and changing tables too. Set a limit for your nursery budget, and then you can start shopping accordingly. 

Don’t Worry About The Theme

Perhaps the most difficult part about preparing your newborn’s nursery is choosing a theme. What kind of colour scheme do you want? Do you want a particular motif, like flowers, or dinosaurs, or woodland creatures? Maybe you simply can’t decide and just want to focus on creating a simple and inviting space for you and your little one. There is no need to settle on a theme for your nursery right away – it can evolve around your baby as they grow. You can always add new decorative elements whenever your monthly budget allows. 

To begin with, all a newborn nursery really needs are the basics: perhaps a new lick of paint,  a nice shaggy rug on the floor to keep your feet warm, a comfortable chair for you to nurse, a changing station, and some blackout curtains to keep out the light so they can nap during the day. The good news is pretty much all of these fundamentals can be sourced second-hand to help you save money. 

Choose Child-Friendly Materials 

If your nursery requires some touch-ups before the baby arrives, you should be sure to use materials that are safe and child friendly. For example, if you are planning to paint the walls, opt for non-toxic paint that is free from harmful VOCs. These days you can find paints so safe you can use them to paint your child’s nursery furniture and even their toys. Painting the nursery walls yourselves will help you save some cash, and you can even take the opportunity to get creative. Buy some stencils and create your own colourful designs on the walls for that extra personal touch. 

As your little one grows and starts to crawl, you will also have to focus on the safety of the different items you have placed in the nursery. You need to make sure there is nothing they can hurt themselves on; in particular, look out for sharp-edged furniture, damaged toys, splintered floorboards, dangling cords, and other potential hazards. 

Be Resourceful With Your Accessories 

If you are on a very tight budget and you’re worried about being able to buy even the most basic things, don’t worry. Channel your funds into the most important items, like a Moses basket or cot, a baby-safe car seat, and a pushchair, and you can get creative with everything else. For example, did you know that you don’t actually need a changing table? All you need is a changing mat which you can lay on the floor, or on top of a cabinet or chest of drawers. Your baby won’t mind where they are changed, so long as they are kept clean, dry, and safe. 

As for the other nursery elements, such as a chair for nursing, you can easily repurpose an old armchair, covering it with a warm snuggly throw so you are kept cosy while you feed your little one. Ask family and friends for any old but well-kept furnishings they may have which could be useful and you can soon create a functional and inviting nursery on a tight budget. 

Kate Dyson

Kate is the Founder of The Motherload, the 'owner' of one husband, two daughters, two cats and one rabbit. She loves wine, loathes exercise and fervently believes in the power of women supporting women. Find me on instagram: @themotherloadhq

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