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How to Cost-Effectively Decorate a Nursery

Setting up a nursery is one of the most exciting parts about having a baby. You imagine the beautiful room and all their stuffed toys and animals. The little nightlight and song they’ll fall asleep with, all tucked up safe and sound in their own little space. It’s such a special time, but the reality is it can also be costly.

The average family spends over £1000 on nursery furniture and decor, which is quite daunting with everything else you have to pay for. Your new nursery doesn’t have to cost the earth. We’ve put together a few ideas for nursery decor to help you keep costs down without compromising on quality and finish.

Keep it simple

The rule is usually, the simpler the decor, the more expensive it looks, and this is a great trick to keep costs to a minimum. Clean, crisp white walls will be bang on trend while cutting down on expensive wallpapers. The great thing about white walls is that they are timeless and will last your child longer as they grow, aside from the odd touch up here and there.

You don’t have to keep the decor white to keep it cost-effective. Other pastel or neutral shades age well and lend themselves well to a nursery. Olive greens and muted yellows are classic and timeless shades that add a touch of colour.

The best bit about simple and timeless wall shades is that they make the rest of the room look more expensive.

Simple Nursery room

Bright Accessories

We think the best thing about neutral walls is the ability to get creative with accessories at reasonably little cost. Accessorise your nursery with brighter coloured blankets, rugs and storage boxes.

An excellent accessory for any nursery is a cuddly toy for babies and you can use them as a relatively simple and affordable way to add colour to your child’s nursery. The best thing about cuddly toys is that they become your little ones best friends as they grow.

Plushies for nursery decor

Storage Solutions

We love storage, and luckily for us, there is storage for every taste and every budget. To help keep the nursery cost-effective, you can use simple floating shelves available at any hardware store. Placed at a low level around the room with your choice of storage boxes, these are an excellent idea for a little one’s bedroom.

Brightly coloured boxes or colour coded for different toys or books is a great way to teach your child how to organise their toys from a young age. For those looking to keep a more neutral and natural tone, wicker storage boxes are a great option, and you can pop a picture to the front of each box to show what goes inside.

nursery storage ideas kids

Make a changing station

Creating a changing station is a cost-effective alternative to buying a new changing table. You can do this by repurposing a chest of drawers. Prime, paint, polish or use as they are and add your choice of changing mat to the top.

Use the drawers to hold all of your nappy changing essentials. This also provides storage for your little one’s clothes if you decide not to opt for a wardrobe or another chest of drawers.

make your won changing station baby


Nursery furniture can be a bit pricey because it’s aimed at a captive market. People feel willing or at least like they have no alternative to buy especially branded nursery equipment. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are cheaper options and furniture can be repurposed from around the home.

We don’t recommend second-hand mattresses, but good quality second-hand furniture like cots, wardrobes or nursing chairs can be an excellent alternative to buying brand new. You can upcycle them to suit your nursery design or buy them to suit your tastes.

Use Gifts

When you’re expecting a new baby, everyone wants to buy you a gift. Family, friends, work colleagues. You might find yourself thinking that asking for gifts for your nursery is too much, but there are things you can put on the list that make a great addition to nursery decor.

Baby photo frames and pictures are a great way to spruce up the nursery. Craft gifts, wicker baby hampers, plushie toys that your baby can grow with all make beautiful nursery decor.

Whichever way you choose to decorate your baby’s room, there is a cost-effective option. Becoming a new parent for the first time can feel a little overwhelming, and it’s easy to get swept up in all the excitement, but remember that babies don’t need designers, they need love, food, hugs and cuddly toys.

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