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My Less-Than-$1000 Nursery

By alismith |

The room where my baby grew up. Special, but not pricey.

My husband was in graduate school and our funds were really tight when our first kid was born, two-and-a-half years ago. We wanted to make his room special without out spending too much, and gave ourselves a budget of $1,000 to put something together—which is the cost for a crib, alone, these days.

Spend less, and you might like it more. With some careful shopping and a little vision, not to mention compromise, we did it. And so can you! Here’s how:

via Ali Loves Curtis

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My Budget Nursery

Storage Console: $69

This is an IKEA Expedit Bookcase, turned on its side. At only $69, it stores baby blankets, onesies, diapers and other items within arm's reach on the top row. The bottom row hides our regular office storage, since we lived in a small apartment and had to have somewhere to put everything.

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Ali Smith is a blogger and writer who contributed to More of her work can be found on her personal blog, Ali Loves Curtis.

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10 thoughts on “My Less-Than-$1000 Nursery

  1. jackie says:

    Very cute nursery… only problem/complaint i have is about that drop side crib…. haven’t they ALL been recalled? :(

  2. Nay says:

    Yeah, I like everything but the crib too, but for a different reason. (I have an old-timey rocking chair that’d match it, though.) For me, the furniture has to last until the kids move out. I have one dresser already, just need a convertible crib and a similar bookcase (we have 4 along the same lines, but the wrong color and already full.) Good finds, though…

  3. Lauren says:

    My goodness – it’d be nice to have $1000 to spend on a nursery! It looks nice, but to me this isn’t a nursery “without spending too much”…it’s on the upper limit, and well beyond reasonable.

  4. Jessica says:

    Not all drop-sides have been recalled from what I’ve read–really haven’t read more than new crib regulations/ ban. There is a ban on the drop-side cribs ,and it’s recommended they be destroyed or used as toddler bed if they convert to daybed. If the crib was purchased after June 28th, it was an illegal purchase. (and felony , I think). Even if it has the “fix” to make it stationary sided, it’s still not appropriate for resell, donate, or purchase. If it was from a previous child, it would be personal property and nothing to report for it being used since keeping one isn’t illegal, just not recommended.

  5. Sara says:

    It’s cute. I like the color scheme and I appreciate someone who doesn’t feel compelled to spend a lot of money on a nursery. So many people think they have to have designer baby rooms in order to impress other people. Babies don’t care about color schemes, designer furniture, and whether or not there is cool artwork on the walls.

    We spent under 200 on our crib and bought thirty dollars worth of second hand wall hangings. I put vintage children’s book illustrations in ikea frames for under ten dollars. I bought a changing pad for twenty dollars and put it on the dresser. The dresser was a hand me down. We were gifted with an old fashioned wooden rocker that worked just fine for us.

    The room didn’t look designer but it was a functional nursery.

  6. Brigette says:

    I have the same garbage cans around the house! one in the lounge for my daughters toys (we couldn’tfind any toy boxes we actually liked), one in the bedroom that we use for the dirty nappies, and one for washing. They’re cute and handy, I’m not so much into the ‘babyish’ stuff, and I want to continue using things after my daughter gets a bit older.

  7. lesliegant says:

    Did you watch the “Extreme Couponing” show they should have featured “Printapon” which I use and print coupons from online

  8. Bridgett says:

    Love the Nursery! It’s great to see that you got all of your items new but not with the high price. Not many people can say they bought everything new and spent less than $1000. Plus your color scheme and artwork is way better than a lot of pricey nurseries I’ve seen. Way to go!

  9. Ann says:

    CJ saw me looking at these photos and asked “Whose pantry is that?”…then as soon as he saw me smile and start typing this he realized his mistake. And now he has just asked me “What’s the real name for a baby room?” I think we’ll be calling our someday-nursery the “pantry.”

  10. Morgan says:

    A $1,000 nursery??? Now that is not what I’d call a nursery on a budget. We have put ours together piece by piece, and now that our little guy is 9 months, he has a pretty rad room, all for the cost of paint and some under $5 knick-knacks here and there. Oh wait, we already had the paint.

    Granted, we’ve gone cribless because we share sleep, and we happened to have a lot of nursery appropriate things already part of our decor arsenal, but I really and truly believe that anyone can make a special, whimsical, awesome nursery for their babycakes for way under $1,000, even with a crib. C’mon people, flex those creative muscles for your babies!

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