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How to Decorate a Baby Room On a Budget

Decorating a baby room may seem like an expensive proposition but don’t panic if your budget doesn’t stretch to creating the baby room of your dreams. Contrary to the messages put out by glossy advertising, you don’t need to spend a small fortune on brand new items when it comes to creating a baby room. If you’re prepared to put in a bit more legwork, you can find some lovely bargains that won’t break the budget. Here are a few ideas for decorating a baby room for less:

  1. How to find an affordable crib. Try looking at re-sale shops to see if you can find any hidden gems that meet the required safety standards. You may need to spend a little bit of time and money to update a crib that has seen better days but it’s still cheaper than buying a brand new crib. It’s also worth asking around in case friends or family have a crib that they no longer need and would be happy to pass onto you. If you go the second hand route, make sure that the crib definitely meets current safety regulations. For older cribs, make sure that lead paint isn’t going to be an issue because this can be a safety concern. If you can find a convertible crib, this is a big advantage. Because these type of cribs can expand to become a bed, they will save money in the long run and are a good investment if you can afford one.
  2. Finding furniture for less. If you’re not intent on having brand new furniture in your baby room, have a look around garage sales, flea markets and Goodwill stores. Again, ask friends and family if they’re hanging onto any baby furniture that’s no longer needed. If it’s surplus for them, they’d probably rather give it to you than keep hold of it because they’re not sure how best to get rid of it.
  3. Spending less on bedding. Stores like Target and Wal-Mart sell affordable bedding so you don’t need to trawl garage sales and Goodwill shops for used bedding items.
  4. Decorating for less. When you’re choosing your color scheme, think about the kind of decor that will still be suitable in years to come. It might not be as cute as having traditional “baby” colors but you won’t have to re-decorate so often. Stenciled designs on the walls can be inexpensive and you don’t need to be particularly “arty” to do this. Wall decals are another good fuss-free option, especially if you do re-decorate at a later date.

Don’t feel that you need to spend lots when you’re putting together a baby room, because it’s definitely possible to do so on a limited budget. It often means that you’ll have to be a bit more creative and spend more time searching around for bargains, but you’re probably used to doing this kind of thing if you’re on a budget. While it’s great to save money, don’t forget to make sure that everything you buy is safe as well as affordable. If you’re going to buy gently used items, make sure that they’re in line with current safety regulations and clean them to be safe.

Share your tips for decorating a baby room on a budget!
(photo credit: Kenziepoo)

Sally Aquire
Sally is a UK-based freelance writer. As well as personal finance, she also writes on health & beauty and lifestyle topics. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, shopping, hanging out with friends and generally making the most of her downtime!

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