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
Storage Console: $69 1 of 12This 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.
Find this bookcase here.
Changing Station: Pad, $30; Pad cover, $18 2 of 12
Baskets for Storage 3 of 12We scored these baskets, intended for bathroom use, at a Crate & Barrel outlet for less than $10 apiece. I often find my favorite and most useful items in unexpected places.
Rocking Chair 4 of 12This rocking chair was part of Amy Coe's collection at Babies 'R Us. I was hesitant to buy one so bulky (though this is one of the more streamlined versions) but every day I am happy I have something comfortable to read and cuddle in. We waited for a 20% off coupon (they come in the mail all the time once you register) and got the chair and ottoman for $320.
Graphic Pillow 5 of 12This little accent pillow was part of Dwell's nursery collection, at $34.
You can see new styles from Dwell at similar prices here.
Classic Crib 6 of 12I'm a sucker for an old-timey-in-appearance crib. This classic Jenny Lind is made by Da Vinci. I think it looks a lot better once the black wheels are removed. We paid about $170 for the crib, and have hardly a complaint. We also purchased a mattress for about $90.
Find this Da Vinci crib on Amazon here.
Crib Bedding 7 of 12When sold as a set, nursery bedding can get expensive. I also couldn't find one that I liked each and every part of. I didn't want to invest in a crib bumper since I wasn't sure I was comfortable using one, so we got this one from Koala Baby for $17. (I have to say, my experience with it has been nothing to shout about.) My husband made the sheets out of a queen set we bought for about $20. I scored the ricrac crib skirt on clearance at Pottery Barn for about $50.
Find a crib bumper like this here.
There are plenty of dotty sheets at Target here.
There are cute Serena & Lily crib skirts on sale right now, right here.
Colorful Pillow 8 of 12I bought this screen-printed pillow from one of my favorite local artists for $30.
There are so many cute ones available on Etsy for reasonable prices. I especially like colorful designs by Leah Duncan, these days.
Poster 9 of 12
Little Rug 10 of 12This little rug came in handy for two reasons: First, it gave the floor some color. Second, I hoped it shielded some of the creaking, rocking noise for our downstairs neighbors.
This one is only $10 here.
Laundry Pail 11 of 12I liked this cute little "garbage" better for storing cute, little laundry.
It comes in several fun colors, for just $15, at IKEA here.
The Whole Picture 12 of 12Ta da! All done, and pretty well within budget. I have loved creating memories in this little room.
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