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How to Design a Nursery on a Budget

nursery

Heather Weston

Buy secondhand. Not everything in your baby's room needs to be brand-new. Certain items -- like the glider or rocking chair, changing table, artwork, etc. -- can be purchased in "like new" condition at thrift stores and garage sales.

Search online. Check out sites like Craigslist and eBay, where you can often find new items at discount prices.

Swap! Swapping is the new shopping -- and it doesn't cost you a dime. Sites like Swap.com, Freecycle.com, and ThredUp.com have hundreds of people looking to exchange an array of items, including baby gear.

Look for long term pieces. Instead of opting for furniture that looks like it's made for a baby's room, choose pieces that will grow with your child. Stay away from cutesy patterns (like Elmo's face on the side of the dresser) and pick timeless classics that you and your child will love for years to come.

Try wall decals. Most of us can't afford to hire a professional artist to create a one-of-a-kind mural for the nursery. That's fine?you can find wall decals that match your room's theme and color scheme. You simply peel and stick them to the walls. Even better: They don't damage the wall or paint, so when you want to remove them, you just peel them off and toss them away.

Get personal. You don't need fancy artwork or wall hangings. Instead, frame family photos and hang them on the walls for a loving touch.

Skip the pricey bedding. Crib bumpers are now considered a SIDS risk, so there's simply no need to buy an expensive bed set for baby. All you need are some cute fitted sheets and a crib skirt to complete the look. These items can be replaced on the cheap so you can switch up the look of the baby's crib whenever you want.

Choose low-cost storage. Bring the look of the room together with decorative baskets that you can leave on the floor or even line on shelves.

Accessorize wisely. If you're looking to add colorful touches to the room, decorative knobs and lighting are an inexpensive way to add fun to the baby's room.

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