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Guest Post Zoe Clark
Nursery décor is in most cases a touch-and-go task – but it gets even trickier if you are short on cash. It is only natural that moms and dads want only the fanciest of furnishings and accessories for their little one’s nest, but few furniture pieces that look like a prop out of Cinderella are truly worth their weight in cash. So, how can you distinguish between quality-backed nursery décor investment and short-lived eye-candy? Here is the shorthand of smart furniture shopping to help you get the biggest bang for your buck when choosing pieces for the kid’s room.
The everlasting charm of vintage wood
Wood is one of the most durable natural materials used in furniture production, and it is also extremely versatile as it plays well with most décor styles. This means that you will be able to use and re-use a solid wood armoire, chest of drawers, or dresser as the child grows without the need to buy a new piece of furniture every time you decide to revamp the nursery. In addition to that, wooden cots and cradles usually boast exquisite charm that beats by far the appeal of their contemporary counterparts, so they will help achieve a unique classic nursery ambiance while at the same time remaining functional and sophisticated-looking for generations to come.
Furnishings that grow with the child
High-end adjustable furnishings that can be extended or adapted into another functional piece of furniture such as pull-out chaise beds and convertible high chairs are pricey, but they make a good investment for parents whose eyes are set on long-term comfort and savings. With a bit of creativity and minimal technical skills, crafty parents can also come up with innovative uses for existing furnishings: for instance, a sideboard or dresser can double as a changing station, and a minimalist drawer chest can serve as a base for a stackable storage unit that will hold your growing kid’s growing collection of clothes and undergarments.
Size does matter in frugal designs
Babies and small kids need comfy bedding, but most parents make the amateurish mistake and shop with the child’s immediate rather than long-term needs in mind. When buying a crib for your little angel, do not forget that children grow like mushrooms after the rain, and that they will not find a tiny cot comfy in the least after a few months. When decorating the nursery with lasting functionality in mind, size does matter, and bigger is better: a large crib with removable sides can be easily transformed into a regular bed for a toddler, so it means ultra-comfort, long-term savings, and functional longevity.
DIY items childhood memories are made of
Toy baskets, knitted toys, and similar DIY items are charming, affordable, and easy to make even with minimal handicraft skill. You can make soft blankets, playtime floor mats, cute crocheted or knit toys, or storage baskets for your child’s playthings using colorful yarn, knitting needles, a couple of yarn bowls, some cardboard, wood, and a stack of old newspapers. In addition to cost-efficiency, handmade nursery accessories and furniture are also a great way to express your love for your child in a personal manner and surprise them with things they will cherish for a lifetime.
Furnishings that are worth a parent’s cash are those that remain functional and chic despite the fleeting time. Multipurpose and modular nursery furniture is a good option, granted it is made with both versatility and durability in mind. Low-end convertible items are usually just a waste of money, so if you want to max out on kid’s room décor, be prepared to pay a little extra cash for a little extra functionality – or at least find a way to put solid furniture to multiple uses. Good luck!