20 amazing nursery and kids’ room decorating ideas for $30 or less

You want your child to have the best of everything, so making sure their own little space – their bedroom – is the perfect mix of calm and fun takes mastery. Shopping mastery.

Splurging on decorator items to rival the price of something in your own living room is often a rookie mistake. To be excited about their possessions is great, but, kids being kids, they grow quickly and move onto new trends (TV shows, games, favourite colours) almost weekly. What’s a parent to do?

Australia is the lucky country indeed and we have a multitude of discount stores in a variety of locations that are doing a mighty fine job of creating looks for your little tacker’s room that are on trend and reasonably priced.

Here at Babyology we like to make your life easier so have created a list of the best nursery and kids’ room decorator items for $30 or less. Have a peek at our picks and feel good about styling a happy space that won’t break the bank.

Add a calming atmosphere with a cloud wall shelf, which also holds all their tiny trinkets. $12 from Kmart:

kmart cloud

A comfy, cushy pal that will sit pretty on a bed. Robot cushion, $7 from Kmart:

kmart robot

The Mamas & Papas Jamboree wallpaper border is much easier than painting the room for a new baby. $17 from Big W:

bigw wall border

Little adventurers will have fun navigating to their next destination with the Utforska compass rug, $20 from IKEA:

IKEA compass rug

Add a little summer sunshine in the form of a fruity ceramic pineapple lamp, $29 from Target:

target pineapple lamp

Roll away the toys with ease when you want to get some space back into their play area with a foldable rolling basket, $30 from Bed, Bath N’ Table:

bbt rollingbasket

Busy kids need busy toys and the activity streetscape floor mat, $16 from Kmart, will entertain for hours and make a colourful foam floor rug:

kmart floor mat

Spread the message with the totally wired play wall hanging, $25 from Cotton On Kids:


Made of machine-washable cotton and fully reversible, the unisex Tiny Little Wonders printed cot quilt cover set is a steal. $15 from Kmart:

kmart cot set

Frame it, lean it or stick it up with the cool kid print, $15 from Cotton On:


Side tables don’t have to be expensive to look good, as this gloss mint single table shows. $20 from Target:

target side table

A set of two novelty pillowcases that are appropriate in the rooms of children or teenagers, $25 from Typo:


A sheltered spot to play or read in. Beboelig children’s tent, $20 from Ikea:


A fresh white accent and made from water hyacinth, this white dipped basket can hold books, shoes, laundry or toys and be moved easily because of the handles. $19 from Kmart:

kmart dipped basket

Hang a heart! The Shine Bright heart shaped lanterns that are battery operated so you can hang them anywhere and move whenever you like, $25 from Cotton On:


Here’s a stylish watermelon light box in pretty pastel pink that will add a soft glow to a girls’ room. It’s by Rebecca Judd Loves at Adairs, $30:

adairs watermelon

Waking up sleepyheads should be easy with a Hello Kitty alarm clock, $20 from Typo:

typo hellokitty

Create a cosy circus corner in a little one’s room or play area with a Mysig bed canopy, $15 from Ikea.

IKEA canopy

Take a seat during home movie nights on the Evolve Gumdrop bean bag, $24 from Big W.

bigw beanbag

You’ll be able to find a good spot anywhere for this Roomates jute floor rug with bold spots, $25 from Kmart.

kmart rug

If you’re still after some more inspiration, you can have a look at the list of 10 fab Etsy finds for the nursery.

So get to it Babyologists! Some fantastic decorating pieces are out there, just waiting to help make your child’s room look like you called in the professionals. You just have to know where to start.

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