Nursery Decorating on a Budget
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. Look on Craigslist, eBay and Swip Swap. Finding the right items for your room may take some time and effort, but in the end will be worth it if you end up with a room you love, and one that doesn't cost you a small fortune. Here are some tips on creating your dream room on a budget:
1. Buy Long Term Pieces: Opt for furniture and accessory items that will grow with your child. Avoid having to redo an entire room as your child transitions into his/her big kid room. Choose rugs, lamps and wall décor that aren't too babyish.
2. Discount Retailers: Frequent large retail discounters, 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 about 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.
3. Inexpensive Wall Decor: There are tons free "printables" available on the internet. Google "free nursery printables", and you will be overwhelmed at the selection of adorable artwork you can print and frame. Find inexpensive frames at flea markets, garage sales, Hobby Lobby, Target & IKEA.
4. 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!
5. DIY Projects: If you are crafty, there are tons of DIY projects that are inexpensive, easy and will jazz up your little one's room. Search Pinterest for projects such as, crib mobiles, tassels, wall décor, garland, book storage, embroidery hoops, paper lanterns and more.
6. Buy Second Hand Furniture: Look for used dressers, side tables, shelves and more on Craigslist, eBay and garage sales. Refresh and refurbish by painting or stenciling your piece.
7. Walls: 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.
8. Swip Swap: Look online for "swip swap" sites, where people are looking to exchange baby/kid's 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 Swip Swap groups are "closed", but have an option for you to "join group".
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