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If you are expanding your family with an addition of a new baby and just cannot afford to buy or rent a new place with a room to spare for the nursery, maybe you should check your own home for a suitable room to convert into a nursery?
Not everyone are financially endowed so you have to make use of what is already available, in this case, a not-so-utilized guest room to convert to a nursery. And if you are lucky and you can actually use that room for the new addition in the family then all you have to do is check out these tips on how to go through it without leaving a large hole in your pockets and on the room’s wall!
Sell the old furnishings in the guest room that you will not need
If there is an old bed that was hardly used and can rake in extra money for you to augment your nursery project, then sell it by all means. There is no need to hang on to that bed unless you have an extra room to put that. However, if you are already tight for space that is why you are using the guest room to convert into a nursery then you probably don’t have enough space to accommodate that other bed. Sell it and even the other furniture inside the room or even the whole house as long as you will not use them anymore. Maybe leave the dresser for your baby’s clothings but the rest has to go.
Skip the wall repainting or re-installation of wallpapers
The objective here is to minimize cost as well when converting the guest room into a nursery. If the wall paint is boring, just add some cute and colorful vinyl stickers which are all a fraction of a cost of what you would have spent if you would do a repainting or re-installation of wallpaper job.
Add colorful with baby and kid themed curtains on the window
The curtains will add a spark of color and fun in the new nursery without having to dress the whole room up that will only cost you hundreds of dollars. The curtains will also give some privacy to the nursing mom and will keep the harsh light at bay.
Use an old couch as a settee
Do not buy a rocking chair or a nice couch for the nursery. Make use of the extra couch or settee that you have in your home and put it in the nursery for an added comfort when you need to nurse or just sit inside the room to watch or play with the baby.
Decorate your old couch or settee with colorful and whimsical patterned pillows to add coziness and warmth in the room like the ones in Cents of Style.
Borrow a crib instead of buying one
Your baby will not stay a baby forever. If you have relatives of friends who have tots who have outgrown their cribs, just ask if you can borrow it for sometime until your baby is big enough to transition into a toddler’s bed. The crib will be useful for at least 2 years, maybe 3 years at most and by that time, your toddler is ready to transition to his or her own cute little bed.
When my sister-in-law got pregnant, I lent her my daughter’s crib which was just gathering dust in our storage room. I even gave her permission to repaint it to suit her preference because that way, I am able to help someone save money and the crib gets to be used again and it provided extra space now in our storage room for other stuff to take that place. I decided not to get the crib back and have it used again by another relative who got pregnant later on. One crib – many babies served. :)
Do not use fancy or high-end beddings for the crib
Like I said earlier, your baby will not be a baby forever and I cannot stress that enough. I think I only bought my daughter 1 full set of baby beddings and the rest were given by family and friends and I stuck with them. It saved me money rather than buy the high-end ones. As long as the beddings do not have loose ribbons or threads that can accidentally choke a baby then they are all good.
Inspect the baby beddings and make sure there are no loose threads, ribbons, garters or even small embellishments that a baby can choke on. An example of affordable beddings that you may check and consider are these Caden Lane – Baby Bedding sets.
Try to use led lights rather than hang a chandelier on the ceiling
Avoid chandeliers at all cost in a nursery for safety reasons. Use led lamps instead that can be bolted close to the ceiling. LED lights are cheaper and more energy efficient and can last longer than ordinary light bulbs.
So, the project of converting a guest room into a nursery need not be an expensive one. Just use whatever things you already have and repurpose them or upcycle then you have a nice, cozy nursery room for the new bundle of joy!