Whether you’re looking to revamp an old nursery or start from scratch, you’ve come to the right place. There are many

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cost-effective ways to transform an old room, so take a look at our five money-saving tips – and start preparing!

Choose the right furniture

These days, many people spend a fortune on matching nursery sets, but all you really need is a safe, comfortable crib, a changing unit/dresser and a comfortable chair for feeding. All of these items can be bought online, but always use low interest credit cards to make electronic payments. This will reduce your borrowing costs and prevent large bills from landing on your doorstep.

Think of long-term investments

Your cute little baby will soon be a growing toddler, so it’s a good idea to make long-term investments. Rather than buying a static crib, for instance, why not purchase a fully convertible cot bed? This might be a little more expensive to start with, but it will provide a comfortable safe place for your child to sleep as he/she gets older!

Keep the colours neutral

If you know the sex of your child it can be tempting to go mad with blue or pink paint! While themed colors are somewhat endearing, keeping things neutral could be more practical – particularly if you’re planning on having a big family. You might have a boy this time, but if you have a girl down the line you’ll have to redecorate and this will cost money. Another alternative is to apply your own wall transfers as these can be removed at a later date.

Make the most of accessories

Is your nursery in a good state or repair? If so, you might not need to paint, wallpaper or lay carpet at all! A few basic accessories could do the trick, so invest in some colored door knobs, patterned lamb shades or unique artwork and you’ll brighten up a room in no time. Throw in a fluffy rug, a bean bag or several large teddies and your nursery will look great in no time.

Create your own soft furnishing

Soft furnishings can be expensive, but creating your own cot blanket or cushions could save you money. It will give your nursery a unique look and feel and could save you a fortune down the line! If painting’s more your thing, a few well-positioned pictures could liven up the room or you could even make a collage of your babies name!

These few tips should help reduce your credit card bills and bring down your costs, so they’re well-worth a go!

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April 23, 2013

Top five ways to transform your nursery – on a budget

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