Nursery Tips for Designing on a Budget

8 easy ways to create a stylish room that won’t cost a fortune.
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July 12, 2017

Add Some Stripes

It’ll be pricey to get a muralist to paint the nursery walls, but you can transform a boring solid paint job all by yourself with some cool horizontal stripes. All you need are your favorite paint shades, painter’s tape and a brush. Find great colors at


Get a Convertible Crib

Trust us, you don’t want to skimp when it comes to baby’s crib. She’ll be spending most of her time there, so you’ll want it to be safe and durable. A convertible crib will grow with baby — from newborn to a toddler — so you won’t need to purchase another bed for at least three or four years. Plus, some convertible cribs can also convert into a twin or full-size bed, so “baby” can use it forever. Want a great buy? Try the Graco Hayden 4-in-1 convertible crib, $144 at


Use Storage Wisely

You’ll want to keep baby’s nursery organized and decluttered. Do it affordably by building shelves on your walls or in your closet (baby’s clothes don’t take up much vertical space). Instead of buying a pricey dresser, get a bookcase and use baskets or fabric storage bins to hide away toys, clothes and accessories in it. Try these adorable collapsible fabric totes, $17 each at


Hang Up

It’s pretty easy to DIY your own mobile, so you won’t have to spend a fortune on pricey hanging decor. Just head to the craft store and your project could be done in one day! Felt is an easy, inexpensive material to craft any type of design. Just be sure any hanging objects are far out of baby’s reach.


Frame It

You might not be able to afford an original Van Gogh or Monet, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave the nursery walls bare. Get a fun print — choose a standard size so you don’t have to spring for professional framing — and place it in an affordable frame. Find some at your local craft store. Try a fun alphabet print by Pig Knit, $6 at


Change It Up

A combined changing table and dresser does double duty (and saves you a lot of space!). You just need a changing pad and it’s ready for baby. Later on, when you have no more diapers to change (yay!), you can remove the changing pad and it looks like any other dresser. Longevity is key. Try this Delta combo changer dresser, $249 at


Sit and Store

Need an extra seat in baby’s room? Get a storage ottoman so guests can sit comfortably and you can stash stuff in it. $48 at Target.


Work the Floor

A fun area rug can add some personality — and cushioning — to baby’s room and is a whole lot more affordable than wall-to-wall carpeting. Randerup rug, $50 at IKEA.

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