With so many adorable ways to decorate your little ones nursery out there and so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest it is hard to not go crazy with it. It is even harder when you start adding up all those dollar signs for every item you want to include. I am here to tell you that it is very possible to have a charming baby room without breaking your budget. I somehow managed to stay right at about 100$ give or take a little and I am going to let you know just how I did that!
Getting Basic Nursery Items Cheap
Let’s start with the most expensive thing in the nursery… the crib. I honestly could not tell you where to begin shopping for one or who has the cheapest out there. What I can tell you is that I would start by asking any family members (who have had children of course) if they would hand theirs down to you. I am using the same crib that my mother used for me when I was a baby. It was made by my grandfather and has made its way through each family home on my mother’s side. That is 4 sisters and 12 kids total that used this crib. It’s nuts, right? But, this has made a world of difference in what I was able to spend money on in little Row’s nursery. Not to mention all the money it saved for all of my aunts and uncles. If you don’t have any family to ask then I would look to your closest friends for help. Most people who have kids save their cribs in case they need to use it again for future kids. Maybe they would be up for lending it to you to use as well. Heck, I would ask for any hand-me-down’s you can get your hands on from whomever is willing to supply them. My crib is very out-dated but, the fact that is has become a family heirloom and was built just for me a baby means so much more to me than having a new one. Maybe one day when Rowan has children of his own he will use this same crib for them. That just melts my heart.
Next thing is my changing table. I LOVE my changing table! Believe it or not I purchased the changing table off of Craigslist. This is another great outlet to look at for items like cribs, strollers, changing tables, etc. I think I paid a whopping 15$ for it. At first, I thought I would paint it to go with my color scheme but it turned out that the color was just perfect the way it was. I was looking into buying a brand new changing table and was very thrown off by how much they cost. They can go up to over 200$ so this was another game changer for me. Definitely check out what your local Craigslist has to offer and if you start looking before baby arrives then you have plenty of extra time to find things.
For Rowans dresser I actually found one out of a bunch of junk that my friend was getting rid of. I made it pretty by painting it and making it look distressed. I also went and bought some cute mismatchy knobs (each cost a 1$) at random places. Target, Michaels, and World Market all carry knobs that are very affordable and pretty. So, now my total for everything is the room is only at about 30 bucks. Amazing, right? You can do the same thing! For something like this I would again look to Craigslist and check out “curb side alerts” which means people just placing everything on the side of the road by their house when they are moving. They either don’t have time to or don’t want to waste the energy on listing it or trying to sell it themselves. This is a great opportunity to jump on! You should also check out garage sales around your area.
The item I spent the most money on in the nursery was the carpet which to be honest is my favorite item. It really brought all of the colors together by having all them in the carpet itself. This carpet was bought new but from a wholesaler that was listing items on an app similar to “LetGo” on my phone. I paid 60$ for this carpet with shipping included. To top that off it arrived at my door step in a matter of two days, no joke. My advice here is to check out all of those apps to see what you can find and keep an open mind. There is a lot of good stuff out there!
Decorating the Walls Budget Friendly
For decorating I mainly just used things around the house. You can very simply paint on any wooden slab and just write a cute quote if you aren’t artistically inclined. I also went to Michaels and bought a “boy themed” pad of card stock paper. You know, the kind they sell in the Scrapbook section. I then went to Good Will and bought some super cheap frames at no more than 25 cents a piece. Painted those and just taped the paper to the back to make super cute wall decor. I am going to be writing a blog post all about the process of this tomorrow so you should check that out if you need cheap DIY decoration ideas for the nursery. I haven’t hung them up yet, but they turned out super cute and I can’t wait!
And then the Clothes.. Oh the Clothes!
Lastly, I really quickly want to touch on newborn clothes. I know it’s super hard not to go overboard with buying everything you see (I am at fault for this myself) but, before buying everything new check out consignment stores/sales in your area. Trust me, you will only use every outfit a handful of times because babies grow SUPER DUPER quickly! It blows my mind how quick Rowan grows. One day a onesie fits fine, the next it is tugging at his arms and legs. I only buy clothes from consignment now for him. It is crazy the difference in amounts of clothing you get for 50 bucks at Carters compared to at a consignment store. Look into consignment sales because they are the bees knees. I was oblivious to how many went out before having a child and now after looking them up I realize they go on almost once a month. And the best thing about these are that you can sell your out-grown items there and get credit for new ones! Win-Win!
Now you can see that you don’t have to break your wallet spending tons and tons of money on getting a nursery set up. There are so many options out there for you to explore and find cheaper alternatives. Open your mind up, get creative, and save some dollars!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing the items I have in little Row’s nursery and how I saved money putting it all together. If you want to see it in live action I have made a walk through video of his room you can check out here . Don’t judge me too harshly on my video skills though! Feel free to leave any comments or questions below; I am always happy to hear from you guys!