One of my most popular blog posts to date is still our budget friendly bedroom reveal and I’m excited to share Partaap Singh’s room with you all today. I love it even more than our bedroom! What is more special about his room is that almost everything is from IKEA making it very budget friendly. This is gonna be a great blog post if you are planning your nursery makeover and are seeking IKEA baby room inspiration. I’m also going to break down how much I spent at the very end, so stay tuned. I love setting a budget for my projects and challenge myself to always stay under budget.
IKEA Baby Room Inspiration
Before getting into this IKEA baby room inspiration breakdown, I wanted to share my 4 goals that I set for any room/project first.
First, it needs to look beautiful. Second, it needs to be budget friendly. I do not like to spend a lot on items and always try to find something that looks beautiful. Third, the space should be timeless or the items should be versatile. I wanted to create a nursery that was gender neutral and a room that my child can grow well into adulthood in. And fourth, the space should be practical and minimal to serve the function it needs to serve. Using these 4 criteria, I am so happy with how the nursery turned out. It is beautiful, budget friendly, timeless and practical.
My inspiration first came when I saw this beautiful sage green wallpaper By Livettes on Etsy. I knew I had to get it and it was my inspiration for the entire nursery. I love how easily wallpaper transforms a space and adds so much personality. The wallpaper was definitely the most expensive item I purchased, but it also makes the biggest impact, so well worth it.
The next thing I needed to tackle in this space was the lack of light. This is the one room in our house that doesn’t get much natural light. I painted the room white and it instantly made the room brighter. I then bought this beautiful large round Sandane mirror from IKEA. Mirrors help reflect light and add more light to any space.
I next added this Boja light fixture from IKEA as well as this reading lamp I found for a great price at HomeSense. It had a few hardly noticeable scratches. So, I asked for a discount and I got 20% off. I originally purchased black out curtains to help make it dark and easier for Partaap Singh to nap in, however, when I tested those out, the room became way to dark. So, I bought these beautiful light and airy sage green Hannalill curtains from IKEA. They are super inexpensive, but add a lot of texture to the space without darkening the room.
I already knew what crib I wanted to purchase. IKEA has this beautiful natural wood Sniglar crib that is under a $100 bucks that fit perfectly in my theme. I waited until they had their bedroom event and got it on sale. I also purchased the mattress, mattress protector, and the mattress sheets from IKEA, because they really do have the best deal and I love white everything. To accessorize, I placed this gorgeous story time quilt I was gifted from my good friend at my baby shower.
I wanted to have a beautiful dresser as a change station since it can grow with you as you get older. But dressers can be quite expensive and not very colourful. So, we bought this Tarva dresser from IKEA and the great thing about this is that it is big and the perfect size to put a change mat on top and its raw wood, so it is very easy to paint and DIY. Remember this DIY bedside table makeover from a few years ago? We still use and love those bedside tables to this day. I’ll post a DIY on how we made this custom dresser for well under $300 soon, so look out for that.
To accessorize the dresser, I placed a change mat I got as a hand me down from a good friend and bought this beautiful textured Gerbers change mat cover in grey. I also bought this Berakna vase from IKEA and these cotton stems (they will last forever) from Pier 1, that I arranged in the vase. Finally, I placed this super cool Savor memory box I was gifted from 2 good friends. They are practical, beautiful and fit perfectly in the room.
The nursing chair really took me a while to find the perfect one for the space. I didn’t want the typical chairs since I find them to be too big and bulky, too expensive and not really able to grow in the space. Gursheel actually came across this chair and it was perfect. It is a dark green velvet armchair and under a 100 dollars.
I paired it with these two natural Alseda stools from IKEA that make the perfect footrest when nursing. A footrest is more important that a chair that rocks or glides according to a lot of my mom friends. I also added a throw that my mother in law gave me as well as a small throw pillow. I share more about my nursing station essentials here.
To add some finishing touches and personalize the space, I found this super affordable rug from Amazon for under a 100 bucks. It grounds the space and adds texture and dimension. To prevent the rug from moving, I found this rug on carpet pad to work the best.
I didn’t want to hang anything above the crib, in the rare case it fell. So, I put up these two black IKEA frames on the wall beside the crib. In one I have this beautiful print by Keerat Kaur of the 5 Takhats and in the other a beautifully calligraphed hukamnama by Kalam Kollective from when Partaap Singh was born (the one we were blessed with his name). I love supporting amazing artists in our community and these pieces of art will be timeless.
Finally, on this last wall beside the window, I bought these Bekvam spice racks from IKEA. IKEA also has bookshelves that are the same thing but just a bit longer, but they are 20 bucks each whereas these were almost 20 bucks for all three and fit my wall perfectly.
I used two to display a few beautiful books. One is this book by Baljinder and the second is a Little People book on Marie Curie. I then added a Jellycat that I also use to take monthly pictures of Partaap Singh. The third rack I installed upside down so I can hang some cute outfits and a pair of Timberland baby shoes that my sister in law gifted PS. I also have this gorgeous painting of me when I was pregnant that my sister gifted me. Finally to keep the room smelling fresh (there are diapers in this room after all) I added a reed diffuser from Saje.
I love how this room turned out and I hope you appreciated this IKEA baby room inspiration post. Since I spend more than half my day in this room, I really wanted to have a room that makes me happy 🙂
Scroll down for pictures and a budget breakdown at the very end!
And now, if you were interested, here is the total I spent on the entire nursery. My budget was $2500 and I came well under at around $1700. See the picture below for the breakdown. I will be sharing a nursery closet reveal soon too so look out for that!