A new arrival to the family is always a joy and a blessing, but there’s no denying that you’ll feel that blessing hit your finances in a big way! From nappies and clothes to formula and pushchairs, having a baby isn’t cheap.
The spending begins before he or she is even born – after all, you have to get the nursery up and running well in advance so everything is ready to go when they come home. Converting a spare room or a study into a nursery is not without its own challenges, both financial and logistical, but it’s possible to build one of a high quality without spending a fortune on it.
There are a number of things you can do to ensure that the cost of decorating the room stays low and it includes everything it needs. Here are four of the best which apply to any nursery, regardless of the style you’re going for, allowing you to stay on budget throughout the process.
Opt for laminate flooring
Laminate flooring is often derided when it is used in other areas of the house, but its wipe-clean and scratch-resistant surface is invaluable within a nursery. It can look extremely stylish, and can be accessorised with a rug in front of the cot to minimise the noise you make popping in and out to check on the occupant! Most importantly, though, it tends to be the cheapest available flooring option with most suppliers, which is our aim here.
It always helps to have a thrifty nature, and when you’ve got cots, rockers and other furniture to pay for, it’s vital to be thrifty when it comes to the nursery. If this is your second or third child, hopefully you can fall back on things previously used to avoid paying for new furniture. If not, you may be able to call on the kindness and generosity of friends and family members, or find some bargains in second-hand shops.
Break out your DIY talents
There are so many things you can do yourself in the nursery to save money without sacrificing huge amounts of time. For instance, if you’ve bought a new cot, put it together yourself instead of paying extra for the delivery man to do it. Painting the walls (one of the simplest DIY jobs you’ll ever do) can be taken care of in a single evening if you enlist some friends to help, and stencils and vinyl decals are an easy way to jazz things up. The list is endless, and making and doing things yourself will give the room a customised feel.
Combine furniture with storage
Rather than buying cots and rockers separately to cabinets and chests-of-drawers, why not try and combine the two styles? It will not only save room if the nursery’s a bit small, but also save you money that can be spent on other areas of the room. There are loads of furniture styles that offer inbuilt storage, so shop around and see how much you can save this way.
What are your nursery style tips that help to keep costs under control?