Mom turns a drab room into a beautiful, budget nursery with items from IKEA, Matalan and H&M Home


Designing the nursery of your dreams adds to the excitement of the impending arrival of a little one.It’s a home improvement time where you can really let your imagination run wild and decorate the space with a special theme.

But creating the perfect environment for you and your baby isn’t necessarily an easy task and can get expensive once you add up the cost of the accessories.

But one mom managed to do it on a budget – using smart kitchen equipment from IKEA and affordable pieces from Matalan and H&M Home.

Victoria Salisbury, 35, a mother of four from Chester, transformed her son’s bedroom from a drab and simple space into an incredible Scandinavian-inspired nursery with a safari theme.

The guidance worker created simple yet stylish touches on a budget, including using a £ 7 IKEA spice rack for wooden shelves and keeping her eyes peeled for sales.

Victoria took her time building the nursery, asking family members for help with carpentry to save on labor costs and find deals online from small businesses to save money. the money.

“I love the Scandinavian style which is so popular right now, so when we found out we were having a boy in October 2019, I started planning his nursery,” Victoria told the savings community. money.

The nursery before and after the makeover

“We were in no rush as babies are recommended to stay in your room for months after birth, so we were able to finish the piece to such a high standard by buying pieces here and there instead. than in one. go.

“I took a lot of inspiration from Instagram. There are so many great personal accounts that often have links where items can be purchased.

“We chose a safari theme because it can be done very well with the Scandi style using natural woods and plants.

“I created a few mood boards with screenshots of items and designs that I liked and I was shopping and trying to buy things when they were on sale.

Mum-of-four used £ 7 IKEA spice racks as shelves

“We got their crib from John Lewis when they had a 20% discount for example, and then we used an online company that made custom mattresses, which were half the price of the brand name mattresses we so we saved a lot of money.

“I love buying quality key parts that will last over the years and accessorizing them with mass market items that can be easily exchanged.

“There are so many small businesses on Etsy and Instagram that also sell beautiful, individual accessories. I think it’s important to try to support them, especially at times like this. The room will still be age-appropriate for a few years which is a bonus.

Victoria also filled the space with cute accessories from sellers on Etsy.

“We are really lucky because my dad is a carpenter, so he replaced the baseboards, the architrave, the window sill and laid the laminate flooring for us.

“We also have a friend who plastered the room for us for a very good price. We decorated it ourselves after watching a YouTube tutorial on how to get the perfect straight line. It’s so easy and you don’t have to do a lot of cutting in.

‘Her little reading nook is my favorite nook’

“The room is so small that we had to make the most of the space. I google for storage ideas to save space and got heaps of awesome IKEA hacks that were so cheap. ”

The shelves, hooks and coat rack are IKEA and cost around £ 40 in total.

Victoria is delighted with the outcome of the nursery and urges those who want to start a similar nursery not to rush and take their time to find good deals.

“My top tips would be to take your time, shop around for the best deals, use mood boards to make sure everything is coordinated, and use Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration,” Victoria added. .

“I think we did a really good job using the space. His little reading nook is my favorite nook – he’s so cozy with a little throw, snuggled up against him reading with his lamp on! ”

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