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6 Tips to Transform an Extra Room into a Nursery

Welcome your new baby with a bang with a nursery that’s within your budget


Too often, a sky’s-the-limit attitude comes with the glorious news of a new baby, and you’ll swipe that credit card in a heartbeat if it means only the best nursery for your child. But before you do, try these budget-friendly tips first – with far more meaning than money can buy.

Styling by Ianne Evangelista. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Cribs") in the July 2008 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

1. Choose a color scheme. Breathe new life into an old room with a fresh coat of paint on the walls, in a color that’s soothing, easy to last ‘til the toddler years. Stick to two main colors, and then suit to taste with a pop of color in your crib sheets, an area rug or a key piece of furniture.
2. Customize crib sheets. A fun, affordable way to personalize your child’s room is by making bed linen with cotton fabric from Divisoria or your favorite supplier. Have sheets made (or sew your own) according to one of two standard crib mattress sizes, and mix prints and colors if you like—it doesn’t always have to be blue and pink!
3. Decorate with a story. Meaningful mementoes are so much lovelier (and cheaper) than store-bought décor. Frame artwork, postcards, and old photographs and hang them in an eye-catching cluster. Visitors will surely be treated to a story or two, and your child will make the keepsakes his or her own.
4. Invest in a futon. Pick up a sturdy futon for the nursery. Folded up, it makes a great sofa for baby’s visiting relatives, and because it’s low on the ground, it gives great back and leg support for breastfeeding. Folded out, it’s perfect for afternoon naps with baby, essential tummy time, and the occasional overnight guest.
5. Second-hand furniture may come in handy. Start your new child off on the right path towards saving the planet by reusing and recycling a couple of pieces from family and friends. There’s no way he’ll mind a few paint chips on his crib. And in this case, what’s good for the environment is also good for your pocket!
6. Make an instant changing table. If your nursery doesn’t have the space for a bulky and expensive change table, make a DIY one. Choose a firm, safe, waist-high surface like a crib, lay a rubberized changing mat, add a basketful of diapers, and you’re ready.

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