23/12/2009 12:21 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Stylish Nurseries On A Shoestring

One of the loveliest ways to prepare for your baby is to transform the spare room into their nursery. This is when you can let your creativity have full reign.

It doesn't have to be a lavish affair, thank goodness. Although you'll need to buy a new mattress you can use hand-me-downs or home-made for the rest.

The main problem can often be lack of ideas. So if you know the look you want but don't know how to achieve it on a budget then read on for some inspiration.Junk shops and auctions are good places to pick up sturdy, wooden chests of drawers that can be transformed with a lick of paint and some new knobs. Stick a changing mat on top and shelves over and you have a thrifty changing table that can easily be turned back into drawers.

Paint has that magical quality of transforming old furniture or boring walls into something quite special. You don't have to be a great artist to create a wonderful mural on your baby's wall. All that's needed is a steady hand and some imagination.

Ask around family and friends and try Freecycle for old drawers, shelves or even a chair to nurse in to help furnish your nursery on a budget.

If you prefer brand new then look no further than IKEA. Some people are snobby about buying goods from the big blue and yellow store but they have well designed pieces that won't break the bank.

To ensure you get the most value out of the room, decorate in gender neutral colours and avoid character goods which they soon grow out of. Having a neutral background means the accessories can be more cheaply changed. Keeping it simple is the key to a stylish bedroom for your baby which will grow with them over the years.

If you have a nursery you've created for your child that you're proud of and would like to be featured on ParentDish, leave a comment below.

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