Budget-Friendly Nursery Tips
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So, you’ve been pinning like crazy images of gorgeous nurseries only to find out that the amazing, so-perfect-for-the-space, must-have item is way out of your budget. Fear not—you don’t have to blow your budget to achieve your dream nursery. Our friends at Homepolish have put together some great ways to create a beautiful nursery that looks like a million bucks (but didn’t cost it!).
Multi-purpose furniture: In order to save money and space in Danielle’s nursery, we chose a dresser that doubles as a changing table, simply by adding a changing pad on the top. After you’re out of the diaper-changing phase, remove the pad and you’ve still got a functional dresser that transitions easily from nursery to big-kid-room and beyond.
Frames: Stores such as Home Goods, Target and Ikea, are great resources for accessories, such as frames, pillows, lighting, etc… Recreate Danielle’s gallery wall by using frames from any of these stores. An inexpensive but adorable idea for nursery artwork can be easily created by framing illustrations from favorite books, such as Mother Goose.
Mobile: Etsy is a great resource for sourcing unique (or even custom!) items, such as a mobile. Whether it’s crib or ceiling mounted, they are perfect for entertaining your little one and can add a whimsical focal point for the room.
Paint is one of the easiest ways to create a major change in a nursery. A striped accent wall, such as in Danielle’s nursery, is a great way to add extra dimension to a room without breaking the bank. And if you can’t (or don’t want to commit to) paint, a great alternative are peel-and-stick wall decals. They don’t damage the wall or paint, so when you want to remove them, you just peel them off and toss them away.
Rug: Having a soft rug underfoot is a great addition to a well-planned nursery. Save money on more expensive rugs by going to your local carpet store and have remnant carpet bound as an area rug. Replicate Danielle’s look by layering an inexpensive sheepskin rug, from Ikea, over your area rug.
Daybed: Danielle’s daybed from Ballard Designs is a great multi-purpose piece, with a trundle underneath for extra sleeping space. West Elm has a wide selection of daybeds, both upholstered and wood, that are less expensive alternatives.
Pillows: Mongolian pillows, from West Elm, added a softness and texture to Danielle’s upholstered daybed. A budget-friendly alternative can be found online at Sears. Their faux Mongolian pillow is just as soft but half the price.
Accessories can add a personalized touch to the nursery for little cost. Choose pieces that serve a function as well, such as the tree bookcase or the alphabet basket in Danielle’s nursery, and mix them with collectibles, unique finds, or even plants.
Lastly, think safety! This should be a primary concern while planning the nursery. Any furniture or decor that you choose should not pose any health-hazards to your little one.
Designer: Sara Touijer Photographs: Homepolish
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