So you’ve got a baby on the way and you’re wondering how you’re going to create the perfect space for him or her. Decorating and furnishing an entire room can be pretty expensive, especially when you’ve got so many other things you need to spend money on. Luckily, there are plenty of simple and affordable DIY ways in which you can create the perfect nursery yourself! From swapping items with friends to getting a bit crafty, there are lots of things you can do to get your room baby-ready at low cost. Here are our favourite top tips:

Have swap parties with friends

If you’re about to have a baby, most likely you won’t be the first among your family and friends. When you hit your mid-twenties to early-thirties it feels like the people around you are constantly bringing tiny little people into the world. Take advantage of their fertility by seeing what you can source from things friends or family members no longer need. As children grow up so fast they are very quick to grow out of clothes, toys, and even furniture. Try setting up a swap party with friends and offer them some of your unwanted items in return. Just be sure to wash anything you receive to make sure it’s hygienic for your little one. You may be given some unused baby bottles from friends, just make sure to clean them well before use; If you need tips on how to sterilise baby bottles, have a look at the useful guides to this online.

Call in favours

If you don’t know how to sterilise baby bottles, or perhaps how to create the best sleeping environment for a baby, you might want to ask for advice, and this is a good principle to use throughout your nursery-creating project. It’s important to ask around when you’re looking to do something or need a particular item. Friends and family might know other people who can help you get something at reduced cost, or friendly labourers willingly to give you a discount. It’s always worth putting a call out and seeing the kind of response you get. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Get crafty with your ideas

Another great way to save money when you’re designing a nursery is to do as much as you can yourself. For example if you’re looking to decorate the walls why not try your hand at a bit of illustration? Need a mobile? Get creative with origami and string. There are lots of different suggestions for craft projects that would look great in a nursery and will mean more because you made them. A simple search online for ideas should do the trick, and many articles include step-by-step tutorials which tell you exactly how to do it, so you certainly don’t need to be artistically gifted.

Stick to basics

Finally, if you’re worried about costs just remember that nurseries don’t need to be fancy. As long as they’re safe for baby and comfortable for you they’ll do the job just fine. While there are things worth investing in, like the baby’s cot – especially if you plan on more children – there’s no need for extravagance on the little things. What’s really important is that you have a pleasant space in which to spend time with your little one, and with a little bit of DIY and some help from your friends you’ll be able to do just that without spending loads of cash.

Those are our top tips when it comes to creating the perfect nursery. Just remember to see what you can get for free and make yourself. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make a pleasant and comfortable space without having to pay too much at all!

Bio: ‘This post was written in collaboration with Katherine Mosquera and Naomi Hassan from Mavens of London. Naomi has written for various food, lifestyle. and parenting blogs, and continues to work alongside Mavens of London to create immersive articles and blog content. Katherine has written and edited a range of articles from home and lifestyle, to food and fashion, and is currently a content creator and editor at Mavens of London.’