Clever mum creates stunning Scandi nursery using genius IKEA space saving hacks

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Getting a stylish nursery ready can prove surprisingly expensive, considering the size of a baby. However, one savvy mum found a way to give her newborn son an amazing Scandi nursery on a budget using IKEA hacks.

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Victoria Salisbury, a mum of four and guidance worker from Chester, transformed a dull box room into a stunning on-trend nursery. Using affordable accessories from IKEA, H&M Homes and Matalan.

Scandi nursery

'I love the Scandi style that is so popular at the moment. So when we found out we were having a boy back in October 2019, I started planning his nursery,' Victoria told Latest Deals.

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'We weren't in any rush, as it's recommended babies stay in your room for months after they are born anyway. Which is how we were able to finish the room to such a high standard. By buying bits here and there rather than in one go.'

Victoria settled on a safari theme that would complement the Scandi style using woods and plants. She created a mood board of items and designs she liked before shopping around to find them at bargain prices.

wooden shelf on blue and white wall cloths on hanger

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Victoria Salisbury /

'We got his cot bed from John Lewis when they had a 20 per cent off sale. And then used an online company who make made to measure mattresses which cost half the price of the branded ones so we saved quite a lot of money.'

'We are really lucky as my Dad is a joiner so he replaced the skirting boards, architrave, windowsill and laid the laminate flooring for us,' adds Victoria.

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'We have a friend who plastered the room for us for a really good rate. We decorated it ourselves after watching a YouTube tutorial on how to get the perfect straight line.'

One issue Victoria had to overcome was finding affordable storage solutions. 'The room is so small, so we needed to make the most of the space,' she explains. 'I googled space-saving storage ideas and got loads of brilliant IKEA hacks that were so cheap.'

wooden shelf on blue and white wall cloths on hanger

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Victoria Salisbury /

Victoria transformed two £7 spice racks from IKEA into open wooden shelving, with space for hanging clothes. The shelves, hooks and clothes rack all came from IKEA and cost roughly £40 total.

'I think we've done a really good job of utilising the space. His little reading corner is my favourite area,' explains Victoria. 'It's so comfy with a little throw, snuggled up reading to him with his lamp on.'

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Victoria has done a fantastic job creating a high-end looking nursery with high-street buys. With the added bonus that the room will be age-appropriate for her little boy for a few years to come.

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.