Baby Rooms on a Budget

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The expenses associated with having a baby add up quickly, forcing many couples to find ways to cut costs. The variety of themed nursery decor available causes many parents to spend too much just to decorate the baby’s room. But for just a little cash and a lot of creativity, you can design a beautiful room for your baby without breaking the bank.


Budget

Before you begin the baby’s room, set your budget so you know how much money you’re working with. When you calculate the funds available, you can better determine what you can afford and where you need to cut back. Leave room in the budget for any unexpected expenses that pop up during the baby room remodel.

Furniture

The nursery furniture takes up a large portion of the project’s budget. The crib is the primary piece of furniture needed. A convertible crib saves money over time because it grows with your child, changing to a toddler bed with the removal of the front crib panel. Many convertible cribs also allow you to use the front and back crib panel as the head- and footboard of a full-sized bed. A low, wide dresser can also be used in two ways. Add a changing pad to the top so it works as clothing storage and a changing table. When your child outgrows diapers, remove the pad and use it as a dresser only. Used furniture is an option if it is sturdy and free of potentially dangerous features. Sanding and refinishing or painting wooden furniture is a simple way to update it to fit the nursery.

Decorating

The task of decorating the nursery excites many parents, but it can also cause couples to go over budget. Nursery sets include several items that coordinate with bedding. This can include wall hangings, lamps, mobiles, rugs, shelves and curtains. Avoid the temptation to buy the whole set if it’s not in your budget. Pick one or two of your favorite accessories to stand out in the room. A coat of paint is an inexpensive way to decorate the room. Color makes a major difference in a room’s appearance and mood.

Safety

Safety is one area that’s not worth skimping on. Check all furniture and decor to ensure it doesn’t present a safety risk to your baby. Cribs should meet safety guidelines established by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This includes slats no further than 2-3/8 inches apart, corner posts no more than 1/16 inch above the top rail, no cutouts and no missing parts or broken pieces. Use nontoxic paint on the walls and on furniture. Position furniture away from heat vents and windows.

Considerations

The baby nursery is a project that you can extend throughout your pregnancy. By purchasing a few pieces at a time, you spread the cost over several months rather than shelling out large sums at once. As long as you have a safe place for your baby to sleep when she is born, your nursery is fine. Add decorative elements as you go, after your baby is born, to spread out the cost.

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