A new baby is arriving at home soon; exciting, right? Decorating a nursery is no doubt one of the most exhilarating tasks in the run up to your little bundle of joy’s arrival. You can’t help yourself from dreaming of a chic, sprawling nursery. When you factor in the costs from cribs to motorized baby swings to wallpapers and everything in between, decorating doesn’t sound fun anymore.
Don’t freak. It’s a common misconception that to end up with a beautiful nursery, you have to spend a fortune. Well, it may be expensive or physically impossible to expand your house to accommodate them. So you’re definitely left with one choice; improvise the little space you got for them. You’ll need to get creative. There are several ways you can work within the confines of a tight space and get your desired nursery.
The space may be tiny, of course, and babies definitely come with lots of stuff, especially from baby shower gifts. You’ll be glad to know that there are lots of ingenious ways to deal with this menace, and you will be surprised how much you could do with the little space you got. With proper planning and the right strategy, anything is possible. That’s why we pulled together our best budget nursery decorating tips.
Best Idea For Small Nursery Spaces
Below are 10 budget-friendly and amazingly clever alterations and changes you could make on your nursery to save on space.
Go For A Smaller Crib
Cribs don’t have to be huge and fancy; a mini-crib may do, and function just as perfect. Don’t splurge on a crib; there are several small cribs on the market that are light, occupy less space and fashionable. As long as they serve their core purposes, you’re good to go. Some parents choose to forego the crib and co-sleep with their babies while others get a small infant bed found in the parents’ beds. Improvising the crib is a significant and great way of saving on your nursery space.
Retain Your Bassinet For As Long As Possible
Using the bassinet is another precise method of saving up on space. Don’t be in a rush to get rid of your bassinet and buy a crib. Use it for as long as possible. Some parents revealed that their kids used the bassinet until they were four months old. Despite them being smaller, bassinets are equally cozy and comfy as the crib. Whenever not in use, you could place it on top of the bed to free up the floor space.
Get Creative With Where To Place The Crib
It is evident that putting the crib at the centre of the room occupies a lot of space, so why not change this? You could place it at the corner of the room and it will work just fine. Night time feeding is even made easier. Wide and shallow closets can also function as sleeping nooks for babies. You can even go ahead and add the dresser there.
Sharing Of Rooms
If the rooms in the house aren’t enough, well, there is no crime in siblings sharing a room. You will be surprised that they will love it. Nothing is more satisfying for a parent than seeing her children bonding and enjoying each other’s companies. And this is made possible by the kids sleeping under the same room. This idea kills two birds with the same stone; saving on space and bonding the children simultaneously.
Get Rid Of Unnecessary Decorations
Clutter in a nursery is inevitable. As much as we would love our nurseries to be pretty and cute, the baby doesn’t notice all of these, an honest opinion. Most nurseries are usually full of decorations that end up filling the room with little or no precise functions. These decorations are inclusive of stuffed animals, bumper pads and pillows; some of which may be hazardous to the kid. Getting rid of all the decorations will make the room dull, definitely, so just leave behind the necessary ones.
Don’t Forget The Space Under The Crib
The area under the crib is an important one. It is often overlooked but can play a major role in saving on space. Stack all items that you do not need in a box; from out of season clothes to old toys and worn out items, and safely store them underneath the crib. They could also go under the parents’ bed if the space under the crib is limited. Extra diapers can also be stored under the crib and be easily retrieved when required.
Divide The Room Using A Curtain
If you lack that extra room for the baby, you could create yours. Hang a curtain over, dividing the room into two; parents’ and the kid’s side. As a parent, you’ll get your privacy while your kid gets his/her ample resting time. You could look at this on the positive side as you won’t have a hard time monitoring the kid. You can hear everything in the comfort of your bed.
Reconsider The Nursing Pillow
Not all women prefer the nursing pillow. They come in an awkward shape and storing them could turn out to be a problem. You could do away with them and decide to work with ordinary pillows which provide the same services equally good. They will assist in supporting your arms and the baby, and do a pretty good job at this.
Minimize The Baby’s Stuff
Having a baby might be exciting for you, and you may want to spoil him/her all you want. This isn’t bad; just don’t go overboard. A few sets of blankets, stuffed animal toys, books and outfits are enough. With time, if the available ones get worn out, you may decide to add other items on the list. This habit will not only save on your cost but also nursery space for storing all those stuff. Think about it!
Turn To Wall Shelves
Wall shelves should be a preference over the floor ones. The reason being that with wall shelves, cleaning is made easier. Also, trip hazards are minimal. Wall shelves also make the room less cluttered. If it occurs that you can’t install the wall shelves and are only stuck with the floor ones, then you should choose the tall ones over wide ones. This goes a long way in saving space.
When it comes to nurseries, sometimes less is more. You don’t have to break the bank to create the perfect nursery for your little one. The above mentioned techniques are proof that your little space shouldn’t prevent you from having that nursery you always wanted. There is always more space than you ever imagined. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. You can effectively economize on space and still maintain that fashionable look and comfy, cosy feeling for the baby. Try different things, and you will surprise yourself how much you can do!