How much should you spend decorating a baby's room?

Hubby and I have been looking at nursery sets because we plan on trying to have a baby in a couple of months. I found the perfect set(S) for a boy and a girl. The boy set is a total of $1498 and the girl set is $1635. But you get the crib, swing, dresser, crib bedding, border, changing pad cover, wall hangers, shelfes, garbage pail, diaper stacker, window valance, and ALOT more. And I am curious if this is too much, with our first DD we couldnt afford alot (I was still in high school he worked for minimun wage) so is this TOO much to spend?? If so were is a good place to find cheaper stuff? These sets came from


Asked by Mikayla_lynn at 2:44 AM on Jan. 5, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • Well it depends if you want new or not. Me, I designed a beautiful nursery for my baby girl with spending less than $300.00. People ask me how I could have afforded everything. I really don't tell my secret much but it was mainly Craigslist buying very gently used stuff. (mostly things from grandmas house)


    Answer by girlneffy at 2:52 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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    Everything that I have matches to the tee, my baby bedding I did buy new from I paid $150 for it and it came with 15 pieces including curtains and some wall decor. The most I spent was on the bedding.

    I bought the exact same changing table that I wanted to buy new for $10 as opposed to $120 and it was never used. The dresser matches the changing table and I got it for free. There is not even a nick on it. The crib I bought is the matching piece to the changing table and I bought it for $15.00. It was new in the box, the mommy lost the hardware so she bought a new crib. I just ordered the hardware from the crib manufacturer.

    I could go on and on!


    Answer by girlneffy at 2:53 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I think that price is brilliant for all that stuff! Go for it!

    Answer by Jill42721 at 3:26 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • As long as you can afford it I don't think there is such a thing as *too much*.

    I like my babies rooms to match the rest of the bedrooms in the house & to stand the test of time, so I don't buy nursery furniture as such. Boring really, but that's how I like it - the room doesn't need to change as they grow & generally only needs a new rug & lick of paint every 3 years. And of course, more age appropriate items on the shelves/different pictures...

    Everyone is different though (thankfully) & if this time round you have the money & wish to buy a nursery set then you go for it & enjoy it!!!

    Answer by sarahjoyce at 5:22 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • If you spend one dime over what you can afford you are spending too much....but if you can afford it, go for it! My daughter is 19 years old and we bought good stuff when she was a baby but my son who is 11 is still using the dresser and chest so I would say it was worth it. My advice would be to choose something that isn't too baby-ish if you spend a lot so you can use the furniture for a longer period of time.

    Answer by BJoan at 7:53 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • we paid $2,000 just for the crib, so i think you are getting a GREAT deal! i wish i had known about babiesrus and all those other places, I came from a family that only shopped at the most expensives stores and I wish i hadnt, they made me feel degraded but now that i am with hubby, I have enough sense to save money!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • I spent $3000 on very high quality furniture that will last a lifetime. The crib converts to a very solid full-size bed and the dresser, hutch, bookcase, and nightstand will be put to use as well. The furniture is solid hardwood and does not look like baby furniture. I like quality things because they look better, feel better, and last longer. I purchased an $800 bedding and room accessories set on closeout for $300, all brand new and perfect (bedding set, curtains, diaper stacker, lamp and shade, wallpaper border, hamper, and wastebasket). Add to that the keepsakes I filled the room with to give it a personal touch, new paint and carpet, and a closet full of just newborn and infant clothes, and I am guessing we spent $6000 on the room. If you can afford it and want it, who is to say what is too much?

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • When we had our first child i spent £2200 on a crib and £230 on a changing table, and £3000 on a wadrobe alone. And fr every child since we have spent a bomb, so i would say you have a good deal there.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:33 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • Too much is what you can't afford! My second son's set was over $600. This was for lamp, dust ruffle, diaper stacker, quilt, sheet, window valance, and wall hanging, over 9 years ago. We already had the crib, dresser and changing table. See if you can find that same set online, at discount websites and even ebay (New, of course.) If your heart is set, and you know you really can afford it, then buy it. Just don't sacrifice your needs for the set. Remember, an expensive bedroom set doesn't prove that you love him/her any more or any less. Good luck.

    Answer by Scimecamommy at 4:13 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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  • i think people who spend $2000 on a crib alone are nuts. lol i spent $250 on convertable cribs that are going to last my twin girls a lifetime.

    all together i believe we spent....
    $250 crib x2
    $200 bedding x2
    $200 dresser
    $150 changing table
    $75 toy chest

    good luck

    Answer by sarahkaystone at 7:09 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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