When you are expecting a child (especially a firstborn), it’s understandable that you want everything in your nursery to be perfect. However, that doesn’t mean that you should let your excitement blind you and make you drain your entire savings account just to get the best-looking furniture. There are many other ways in which you can create a charming nursery without spending a fortune. You just need to look at all the right places. But before you do that…
…Decide How Much You Are Willing to Spend
Measure your room’s dimensions, then set a budget and make a list with all desired nursery furniture. This will help you focus on getting the most important items first and will minimize any impulse purchases. You will also create a clutter-free environment for your baby. However, make sure to buy all furniture with cash as you will have many other expenses once your child is born.
Check If There Are Any Discount Stores in Your Area
In the best case scenario, you will have about 8 months to prepare your nursery room for your boy or girl’s arrival. Now is the perfect time to ask your friends and family for any stores that offer discounts on brand new nursery furniture. Usually, IKEA stores are always worth checking out since their baby furniture is often offered at a discount. If time allows it, you can also postpone your purchases until Black Friday or the Christmas holidays to find some sweet deals. We have also noticed some heavy discounts on the bedroom furniture at Homes Direct 365 from time to time who do a lot of shabby chic and French style stuff too.
Working with a Tight Budget? Buy Used Furniture!
Buying second-hand nursery items is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, local consignment shops are a great place to get high quality dressers, bookshelves, gliders, and other items. You may even find just the thing you wanted all along at half of its original price or less!
If consignment shops are not an option, you can also check for additional flat pack furniture online – there are many parents who have successfully raised their kids and are now stuck with useless furniture, which they will be more than happy to call flat pack dismantling, delivery and re-assembly all for a ridiculously cheap price.
Resist the Urge to Purchase Over-the-top Furniture
When putting your nursery together, you need to think ahead of time. After all, you baby won’t always be a baby and, 18 months down the line, the stylish crib you paid a small fortune for will only take up free space. That’s why it doesn’t make a lot of sense to purchase super expensive furniture, for example dressers with extra drawers you’ll never use or carriage-shaped cribs. If something seems “just right” for your nursery, ask yourself this – is the high price tag justified?
Buy Unfinished Furniture for a DIY Nursery
It may seem a bit counter-intuitive to purchase unfinished furniture, but it’s a great way to cut down your costs if you’re willing to put in the extra work. Today, many stores and websites offer unfinished items, from dressers and rockers to bookshelves and cribs, at a really low price.
Once you have these delivered, the only things you’ll need to do is buy the right hardware (for instance ring pulls or knobs if you’re getting a dresser) and paint the items in vivid colours to turn the generic-looking furniture in front of you into a piece of art. You can get paint pretty cheap from places like Trade Paint Direct.
Keep in mind, however, that you will need to pick a baby-friendly painting product since small children will sink their growing teeth into just about anything. You will also need to stain your furniture to protect the wood’s surface from drying out, cracking, deteriorating, or swelling.
Repurpose Your Existing Furniture
You don’t necessarily have to buy all of your nursery furniture from store or online – some of it might be sitting right in front of you! Here are some ideas from HomeDecorExpert.com, to help you convert those items in your home, that you no longer use, into practical nursery furniture:
- Changing table. In general, getting a changing table is not advised since it’s expensive, takes up valuable space, and becomes useless once your child grows up. It can also be potentially dangerous for your baby since he may fall off during the diaper change once he becomes more active. If you have an extra dresser from your grandmother that hasn’t seen much use, simply place a changing pad on top of it to turn it into a changing table.
- Rocking chair. Rocking chairs are one of those expensive additions to your nursery that are not really all that practical. You can achieve the same levels of comfort for free by taking an extra chair from your living room and adding a baby comforter over its back.
- Toy chest. If you already bought lots of toys, but don’t know where to store them, a great solution is to use an empty bookshelf. Just make sure to repaint it to match the theme of your nursery, screw in some doors for each compartment, and you’re all set.
- Glider. Nursery gliders, just like most nursery furniture, are needlessly expensive. If you have an old upholstered recliner that you’re thinking of replacing, don’t include it in your garage sale and instead use it as a fully functional glider.
Tell Your Friends and Family Exactly What to Get
As stated many times before in this article, nursery furniture is very, very expensive. But nobody said that you should go into the shop alone. Enlist the help of your friends and family members by starting a so-called baby registry. Creating a registry list is a great way to ask for specific gifts for your baby so that you get what you want instead of a 120th hand-washed mini sweater.
Here is how it works. You make the list and share it with anyone who would like to offer you gifts. They will then pool the required amount of money to buy the items you’ve included in your list. Some stores will even offer discounts for purchases made through registry lists, so take full advantage of that if you have a few luxurious pieces of nursery furniture on your list. Amazon wishlist is a method lots of people use for this kind of thing.
Rent Out Your Nursery Furniture to Other Couples
If you raised your kid and you’re planning on having another baby, you can earn some extra money on the side by renting your nursery furniture to another would-be family. This move will not only earn you back some of the money you invested in your furniture years ago, but also provide other parents with affordable means to raise their child in the best possible environment.
When setting out to create your nursery, don’t always think that more is better. As shown above, it’s very easy to create a stylish nursery that will both excite and lull your child to sleep without breaking the bank. Of course, it’s always worth investing in a nice crib and a new mattress.
However, any investment past that point may not be in your favour, so try to save on other furniture by going for inexpensive items, buying used, or letting someone else help you out.
When purchasing furniture, you should also think about your baby’s safety and avoid buying changing tables, cribs with drop-down sides or wide slats, or other potentially dangerous items. Here are a few great articles to help create a safe environment for babies.
And, regardless of how you decide to prepare your baby’s room, remember – just because your nursery is a short-term investment doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have fun designing it!