Nursery on a Budget: Tips and Ideas For 2023

Who says designing a beautiful nursery has to break the bank? With some smart choices in baby furniture and decor, you can create a dreamy space for your new baby without spending a fortune.

First things first, let’s talk about the most important piece of furniture in any baby room – the crib. Consider investing in a convertible crib that can grow with your baby and save you a ton of money in the long run. This way, you won’t have to buy a new bed every time your child outgrows their old one.

Today, I’m sharing my best tips for creating a nursery on a budget and also sharing how I was able to score the best deals when creating my daughter’s nursery. 

Let’s get started!

Tips For Designing a Beautiful Nursery on a Budget

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Set a Realistic Budget for Your Nursery Design

Designing a baby nursery can be an exciting and fun experience, but it can also be stressful when you’re on a budget. To avoid overspending, it’s a good idea to set a realistic budget before you start designing your perfect nursery. 

The first step in creating a nursery on a budget is to determine how much money you have to spend. Take the time to review your finances and figure out what you can realistically afford. Consider all the costs associated with creating your nursery, including nursery furniture, decor, bedding, and storage solutions.

Here are some helpful tips to help you create a beautiful and safe space for your little one without breaking the bank.

Consider the Size and Layout of Your Space

When creating a budget nursery, it’s essential to make the most of every penny. One way to do this is by considering the size and layout of your space carefully. If you have a small room or an awkwardly shaped area, focus on maximizing storage solutions that serve multiple purposes.

For example, instead of buying a separate changing table and dresser, look for furniture pieces that combine both functions into one unit. This will not only save you money but also free up valuable floor space in your nursery.

Prioritize Safety Standards Over Aesthetics

While it’s tempting to want everything in your nursery to look perfect from day one, safety should always come first. One accident could have a significant impact on your child’s well-being, so invest in items that meet safety standards even if they don’t necessarily match your aesthetic preferences.

For instance, opt for cordless window coverings instead of traditional blinds or shades with cords that pose choking hazards. Choose furniture pieces with rounded edges rather than sharp corners that could cause injuries.

Read Also: The Ultimate Baby Proofing Checklist for Every Parent

Make Changes Over Time

Creating a dream nursery doesn’t need to happen overnight. It’s okay if everything isn’t perfect from the beginning. You can make changes and improvements over time as your budget allows. You don’t need to have it 100% as you desire by the birth of your baby as during the first couple of months they’re probably not going to be spending a ton of time in the nursery anyway. 

Consider starting with the essentials, such as a baby’s crib, changing table, rocking chair, and storage solutions. Then add nursery decor items and accessories gradually as you have more money to spend.

Shop Online for Great Nursery Deals: Join Facebook Amazon Deal Groups

Are you looking to furnish your nursery without breaking the bank? Look no further than Facebook Amazon deal groups! These groups offer amazing discounts on baby gear, making it easy to stay within your budget while still getting everything you need for your little one.

These groups saved me so much money when I was doing my daughter’s nursery AND I was even able to include some things that I would have never really thought of. 

Why Join Facebook Amazon Deal Groups?

First and foremost, these groups offer great deals on all kinds of baby gear. From cribs and changing tables to strollers and car seats, you can find just about anything you need for your nursery at a fraction of the cost. Plus, because there are so many different groups out there, you can join multiple ones to get access to even more deals.

Another great thing about these groups is that they often have limited-time offers. This means that if you see something you like, it’s best to act fast before the deal ends. But don’t worry – with so many different deals available at any given time, there’s always something new and exciting to discover.

Thanks to Facebook Amazon Deal groups I was able to get things such as my daughter’s car seat, crib sheets, and even her night light for more than 50% off of the usual price. The only thing is I do warn you that these groups can be addicting since they are always adding new items and will overbear you with great ideas so it’s important to not get carried away and ideally, after you have everything off of your shopping list leave them completely until you need something else. 

The Benefits of Shopping Online for Nursery Items

Online shopping for nursery items is a great way to save both time and money. Not only do online retailers often offer lower prices than brick-and-mortar stores, but you also have the convenience of being able to shop from the comfort of your own home (or even on the go via mobile device).

Plus, when shopping online, it’s easier to compare prices and features across different brands and products. This means that you can make more informed purchasing decisions and ensure that you’re getting the best possible value for your money.

Plus, if you use a tool such as Raukten or Ibotta you can even get additional cashback from an already good deal.

How to Get Started with Facebook Amazon Deal Groups

Ready to start saving big on baby gear? Here’s how:

  1. Search for “Amazon Deals” on Facebook.
  2. Browse through the results until you find a few groups that look interesting.
  3. Request permission to join the groups.
  4. Once you’re accepted, start browsing through the deals and discounts available.
  5. Act fast if you see something you like – remember, these offers are often limited-time only!

By following these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to scoring amazing deals on all kinds of nursery items.

Purchase Some Items Used: Check Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace

Expenses can add up quickly, especially on big-ticket items such as furniture. By purchasing items on Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace you’ll be able to have an inexpensive way to furnish your bundle of joy’s nursery. The best part is that even though it is considered second hand furniture you may be able to find some new furniture listed in the mix too.  

For example, I was able to score my daughter’s crib, dresser, and rocker from an elderly couple on Nextdoor, whose grandchild had only used it a handful of times. It was basically brand new because it was in excellent condition. You wouldn’t even know that it was a used crib.

If you’re looking for ways to save even more money, consider buying gently used items in your area. Yard sales and the thrift store are another great option for finding used baby gear at low prices. 

When buying used items, make sure they meet current safety standards before bringing them into your home.

Create a List Before Shopping

Before shopping for nursery items, create a list of the things you need. This will help you avoid overspending on unnecessary purchases while ensuring that you have everything necessary to care for your baby comfortably.

In my case, I opted to create an Amazon Wishlist to make sure that I could easily keep track of the necessities that I purchased and also have the “wants” in one easy location. I was able to add to my nursery ideas quickly and thanks to the Facebook Amazon Deal groups I was able to get a lot of my wants from my wish list such as the cute Elephant wall art and LED lights. 

Get Creative with Paint

Painting your baby’s room is an affordable way to give it a fresh new look. A simple coat of paint can make all the difference in transforming your baby’s space into something special. Plus, painting is easy to do yourself, which means you won’t have to hire professionals or spend extra money on labor costs.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match! You can use different shades of the same color or combine complementary hues for an eye-catching effect. This technique will add depth and interest to your baby’s room while also giving it a unique touch that reflects your personal style.

An accent wall is an excellent way to add some drama and personality to your baby’s space without going overboard with decorations. An accent wall painted in bold colors or patterns can make any room feel more lively and interesting. It’s best if you choose one wall as an accent rather than painting all four walls in bold colors as this may overwhelm the small space.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get creative with paint by incorporating art or stencils into your baby’s room. This is a great way to add some fun and playfulness to the space while also making it more personal. You can use stencils to create patterns on the walls or even paint a mural that tells a story.

Use Wall Decals for a Fun and Easy Way to Add Personality

Wall decals are an easy way to add personality to your baby’s room without breaking the bank. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you’re sure to find something that matches your nursery decor.

Not only are wall decals affordable, but they’re also easy to apply and remove. This means when you’re transitioning from a nursery to a toddler room the transition will go a little smoother. 

My Daughter’s Nursery

The pictures below reflect the start of my daughter’s nursery. It’s one of the most relaxing rooms in our home and it was only a few hundred dollars to bring it together. 

Tips For Designing a Beautiful Nursery on a Budget
Door sign that I came across in an Facebook Amazon deal group
Tips For Designing a Beautiful Nursery on a Budget
Crib from Nextdoor
Rocker & dresser from Next Door
Decals from Facebook Amazon Deal Group
Star projector and books from Amazon deal group
LED lights from Facebook Amazon Deal Groups

Final Thoughts on Creating a Nursery on a Budget This Year

In conclusion, designing a budget-friendly and beautiful nursery is entirely possible with careful planning and creativity. By setting a realistic budget, shopping smartly online, considering second-hand options, getting creative with paint, and exploring DIY decor ideas – you can create an adorable space for your baby without breaking the bank!

So start planning now! Your little bundle of joy deserves nothing but the best- even if it means doing it on a budget!

Nursery on a Budget: Tips and Ideas For 2023


  1. Melissa Cushing says:

    Love this and love the cool lights behind the crib! You can for sure create a fabulous nursery on a budget…. and the space you have created is amazing! Love it and thank you for sharing 😉

  2. Wonderful tips. We’ve been meaning to set up a nursery for the kids at home. What you’ve listed here are great starting points.

  3. It’s been so long since I’ve had a nursery in my home. I tell parents to skip the changing table. I never used one with any of my kids. I just used a changing mat.

    1. Victoria H says:

      Hi Christy,

      I agree. With one of my kids I did go the changing table route, but it was one of the least used items.

  4. It is good to budget when it comes to kids, as everything can add up. This is helpful for keeping costs down.

  5. These are great points to consider and techniques to apply when designing your nursery on a budget!

  6. Melanie E says:

    These are all great suggestions. I love that its no longer frowned on to use second hand items.

  7. Monica says:

    Setting up the nursery was so fun for me. I did a few diy things to help with the cost.

  8. These budget-friendly ways to design a beautiful nursery have some great tips and inspiration!

  9. caringmom007 says:

    These are all handy tips and tricks to share! Thanks for all the help.

  10. Kathy says:

    These are all great ideas for anyone getting ready to do a nursey. I always thought that was a fun part to do.

  11. One of the things I realized with my babies is that the beautiful nursery I designed before they were born, very quickly got filled up with gifts, toys, baby supplies & other stuff after they were born, lol! It never looked as clean and tidy as it did before we brought them home

  12. So many great ideas on ways to save money and still have an amazing nursery for the new baby.

  13. Monica Y says:

    I didn’t know about amazon groups with deals, headed to look for them. Great tips

  14. These design ideas are so cute and lovely, not to mention that I’m a purple addict!

  15. Loved these tips! I have some friends with newborns as well as some expecting, I’ll be sure to share this with them!

  16. Marysa says:

    It is good to stick to a budget; after all, the baby will outgrow it and you’ll want to update the nursery!

  17. Catalina says:

    wow! These ideas are great! Everyone can have a wonderful nursery!

    1. Catalina says:

      I’ve followed your advice and I found some awesome deals on fb marketplace! You can find so many great ideas there!

  18. Ivan M. Jose says:

    These are lovely budget-friendly tips. We always dreamed of having a nursery for our kids but we don’t have our own house yet.

  19. Scarlett Brooklyn says:

    Love all these ideas! I’ll share this to my expecting friend.

  20. Richelle Escat says:

    Yep, I like it when I find a mom group that’s not all about drama and shaming.

  21. Terri Steffes says:

    We are getting ready to do an axon shower. This was very helpful!

  22. Kelli A says:

    I did similar this past year when my son was expecting his first child, my first grandchild. We made wish lists, joined local yard sale groups, joined deal sites and Facebook groups and you’re right, people (including myself) do tend to buy stuff you wouldn’t normally just because its on sale.

  23. Tara Pittman says:

    Such a nice nursery. I love all the places that you can get deals from.

  24. Amber Myers says:

    You have some great tips here! I always tried to buy my items on sale. I never wanted second hand for important things like a crib, but it was fine for decor and such!

  25. Tasheena says:

    These tips are really helpful for anyone that’s expecting.

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