5 Ways to Create a Beautiful Nursery on a Budget

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By: Cherry Parry
Published: February 13, 2014
Last Update: February 7, 2023

Congratulations!   You’re having a baby!  Now aside from the actual arrival of the baby itself, if you’re big on interior design, you’re probably most excited to decorate the nursery.  There is a lot to consider, and wanting to create the perfect space for your new bundle of joy is as natural as those pickle and ice cream cravings you’ve been having.

Of course, there are also plenty of other costs associated with bringing a new little person into the world, so you’ll need to balance building the nursery of your dreams with your budget.  However, it’s definitely possible to create a baby-friendly space that’s as special as the new person you’re creating it for – without spending a fortune.  See these ways to create a beautiful nursery on a budget!

1. Paint Furniture

If you’ve got an old rocking chair, or dresser that needs a little TLC, apply a fresh coat of paint and use it for your nursery.  This is also a great way to introduce a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space – especially if you’ve decided to keep your baby’s gender a surprise until they arrive.  Just be sure you use a paint that’s non toxic, in preparation for teething time when your little one will be wanting to put their mouth on pretty much everything.

2. Save with Ready-Made Change Stations

Baby-specific furniture stores have plenty of things just for your nursery – but those pieces can be quite expensive.  Instead, look for budget-friendly furniture in consignment stores and at flea markets, and update them with that coat of paint we mentioned.  One major way you can save is by skipping the change table, and instead adding a ready-made change station to the top of an existing dresser.  This won’t just save you money, but space, too.

3. Get Crafty

Why buy art prints for your nursery when you can make them yourself?  Bring out your creativity by making personalized art pieces just for your new baby.  There are plenty of ways you can create your own works of art.  Get inspired by looking for ideas on Pinterest, or visiting your local craft store.  You’ll save money, achieve a unique look, and most likely have a little fun, too!

4. Break Out the Sewing Machine

If you know your way around a sewing machine (or know someone who does) purchasing fabric to sew your own sheets, pillows, and curtains is a great way to save money when decorating a nursery on a budget.  It also means that you get to choose all of your fabrics to create a custom look that’s as unique as your new bundle of joy.

5. Think Long Term

It’s easy to get caught up in cute prints and baby-specific décor when you’re putting together a nursery.  After all, there’s so much of it out there, it’s hard not to get carried away.  However, when decorating on a budget, a good way to maximize your dollar – especially for larger purchases – is to choose something that can be used long term, rather than just while your child is an infant.  Look for pieces that can easily be transitioned to a toddler’s room (like a convertible crib), or relocated to other areas of the house should your child no longer need them.

By sticking to what you really need – and looking for ways to upcycle and re-use items you already have, it’s definitely possible to create a great looking, unique space for your baby on a budget.