Designing the nursery of your dreams adds to the excitement of the impending arrival of a little one.
It’s a time in home renovation when you can truly let your imagination run wild and decorate the space with a special theme.
But creating the perfect environment for you and baby isn’t necessarily an easy task, and can become expensive once you add up the cost of accessories.
But one mum managed to do it on a budget – by using clever kitchen materials from IKEA and affordable pieces from Matalan and H&M Home.
Victoria Salisbury, 35, a mum-of-four from Chester, transformed her son’s bedroom from a dull, plain space into an amazing Scandi-inspired nursery with a safari theme.
The guidance worker created simple but stylish touches on a budget, including using an IKEA £7 spice rack for wooden shelving and keeping her eyes peeled for discount sales.
Victoria took her time to build the nursery, asking family members for help with joinery to save on labour costs and sourcing deals online from small companies to save money.
“I love the Scandi style that is so popular at the moment so when we found out we were having a boy back in October 2019, I started planning his nursery,” Victoria told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
“We weren’t in any rush, as it’s recommended babies stay in your room for months after they are born anyway, which is how we were able to finish the room to such a high standard by buying bits here and there rather than in one go.
“I took a lot of inspiration from Instagram. There are so many gorgeous home accounts that often have links where items can be purchased.
“We decided on a safari theme as it can be done really well with Scandi style using natural woods and plants.
“I created a couple of mood boards with screenshots of items and designs I liked and would shop around and try and buy things when they were on sale.
“We got his cot bed from John Lewis when they had a 20 percent off sale for example and then used an online company who make made-to-measure mattresses, which cost half the price of the branded ones so we saved quite a lot of money.
“I like to buy quality key pieces that will last through the years and accessorise with high street items that can be easily switched.
“There are so many small businesses on Etsy and Instagram that sell beautiful, individual accessories as well. I think it’s important to try and support them especially at times like this. The room will still be age-appropriate for a few years which is a bonus.
“We are really lucky as my Dad is a joiner so he replaced the skirting boards, architrave, windowsill and laid the laminate flooring for us.
“We also have a friend who plastered the room for us for a really good rate. We decorated it ourselves after watching a YouTube tutorial on how to get the perfect straight line. It’s so easy and means you don’t have to do much cutting in.
“The room is so small so we needed to make the most of the space. I googled space-saving storage ideas and got loads of brilliant IKEA hacks that were so cheap.”
The shelves, hooks and clothes rack are IKEA and cost roughly £40 total.
Victoria is delighted with how the nursery turned out and urges others who want to create a similar nursery not to rush and to take their time to find great bargains.
“My main tips would be to take your time, shop around to get the best deals, use mood boards to make sure everything coordinates and use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration,” Victoria added.
“I think we’ve done a really good job of utilising the space. His little reading corner is my favourite area – it’s so comfy with a little throw, snuggled up reading to him with his lamp on!”
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