Expecting a new baby is one of the most exciting times in any parent’s life. However, creating the perfect nursery can be a daunting task, especially when working with a tight budget. When it comes to designing a boys’ nursery, parents often struggle to balance style and affordability.
But fear not, because with a little creativity and some smart shopping, it’s possible to create a budget-friendly boys’ nursery without sacrificing style. In this article, I share some tips and tricks to help you create a calming and welcoming space for your little one, without breaking the bank. From DIY projects to shopping tips I’ve got you covered. So, let’s get started!
SETTING YOUR BUDGET
The first step in creating your perfect boys’ nursery is to set your budget. Determine how much you’re willing to spend on the nursery and then break it down into categories. Allocate a certain amount for furniture, decor, and any other items you’ll need for the nursery. Once you have a budget in place, stick to it. Avoid the temptation to overspend, and remember that there are plenty of ways to create a stylish nursery without breaking the bank.
When setting your budget, consider the long-term use of the items you’re buying. For example, investing in a convertible crib that can be used as a toddler bed and even a full-size bed will save you money in the long run. Also, consider the functionality of the items you’re buying. A dresser that doubles as a changing table is a great space-saving option that will be useful for years to come.
Don’t forget to include any DIY projects or Op shop/FB Marketplace/Gumtree finds in your budget. These can be great ways to save money while still adding style and personality to the nursery.
CHOOSE A THEME OR COLOUR SCHEME
Choosing a theme or colour scheme for the nursery is an important step in creating a cohesive and stylish space. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to go overboard with a theme. Instead, choose a few key elements that tie the room together.
For a budget-friendly option, consider using paint to create an accent wall or add a pop of colour to the room. This is a cost-effective way to add visual interest to the nursery without spending a lot of money. Another option is to choose a neutral colour scheme and add pops of colour with accessories and decor.
When selecting a theme or colour scheme, think about the long-term use of the room. A nursery that’s too babyish may need to be updated as your child grows, whereas a more neutral or versatile theme can grow with your child.
Some good ideas of themes include: Surf or Ocean Nursery – SouthWestern or Desert Coastal Nursery – Native Australian Nursery.
DIY PROJECT IDEAS
DIY projects are a great way to add personality and style to a budget-friendly nursery. There are plenty of DIY projects that even those with minimal crafting experience can tackle. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
– Create your own wall art using printables – often available at a price point of $8-$15 printable wall art is a fantastic way to add custom art at the fraction of the cost of pre-made art. We actually have a huge selection of printables on our Etsy store: Ginger & Holly Printables
– Repurpose an old wooden dresser, chair or storage tub by painting it in a colour that would work well with your own nursery! We love the tutorial by Confessions of a Serial DIYer
When considering DIY projects, remember to be realistic about your crafting abilities and the time commitment involved. It’s also important to ensure that any DIY projects are safe for your baby.
FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE, OP SHOPS ETC
Op Shops and online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree can be great sources for affordable nursery decor and furniture. Keep an eye out for gently used items that are still in good condition, such as cribs, dressers, and feeding chairs.
When shopping second-hand, be sure to inspect items for safety and cleanliness. Avoid items that have been recalled or are in need of repairs. It’s also a good idea to clean and sanitize any second-hand items before using them in the nursery.
A good tip is to google to find brand names you would like to purchase and search for them each week on the online marketplaces – you might score a great quality piece for a bargain price.
WALL ART AND WALL DECALS
Wall art and decals are an easy and affordable way to add style to a boys’ nursery. There are plenty of options available, from removable decals to framed prints. When selecting wall art, choose pieces that tie in with the theme or colour scheme of the room – you might also want to keep one eye on the future – a print that works just as well for a baby and 6 year old is a smart choice!
Finally, it’s important to have plenty of storage solutions in a boys’ nursery to keep the space clutter-free. Consider purchasing storage baskets, bins, and shelves to keep toys, books, and other items organized. A dresser with built-in storage can also be a great option for storing clothes, nappies, and other baby essentials.
When selecting storage solutions, consider the long-term use of the items. A bookshelf or toy box can be used for years to come, whereas a specialized storage solution such as a change table or baby-themed dresser may only be useful for a short time.
Creating a budget-friendly boys’ nursery is easier than you might think. By setting a budget, choosing a theme or colour scheme, using DIY projects and marketplace finds, and shopping smart with one eye on the future for your furniture, decor, wall art and storage – you can create a charming and welcoming space for your little one without breaking the bank.
Remember to focus on functionality, safety, and long-term use when selecting items for the nursery, and don’t forget to have fun adding your own personal touches to the space!