6 Tips for Creating a Stunning Eco-Friendly Nursery

Here's how to design a space that's environmentally and baby friendly.
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ByKylie McConville
Apr 2017
re-purposed baby nursery rocking chair
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Repurposed furniture

That old bookcase that’s just collecting dust in your basement just needs a fresh coat of paint before it’s nursery ready. Finding a new home for furniture you already have cuts back on extra costs and tells a sweeter story. You can use it as a bookshelf (pictured) or a drawer-free dresser. Baskets can be used to store toys or extra diapers. Try a chemical-free paint that’s safe for baby to gum on.


Made-to-last must-haves

Using recycled wood and cardboard in place of the real thing (like this Merlin 3-Drawer Dresser does!) helps lower the impact these pieces make on the environment. Plus, you’ll end up spending less than you would on the real thing — and what’s not to love about that? You won’t even need to get rid of this stylish dresser; it’s made to grow with baby!



Handmade crib

There are tons of smaller brands that sell unique, ecological cribs made with eclectic touches and craftsmanship (like this Caravan Crib from Kalon — and since a crib is one of the first nursery purchases you’ll make, we love the idea of having that one-of-a-kind artistry in the nursery. It’ll set the mood for the space and keep baby cozy.



Biodegradable gear

This rocker from Monte is a microfiber chair that’s made from soy and plant-based foam. We love that it’s not only eco-friendly but also super comfy for the hours of baby-rocking you’ll do.

Photo: Etsy.com

Organic accessories

Here’s something you’ll love: You can go organic _and _local — all in one breath! Retailers in your neighborhood might sell sustainable goods, or you can shop for these made-to-order finds online, through shops like Etsy. It’ll feel good to know that something was made just for your baby — and you’ll feel good about supporting smaller, local shops.



Breathable wallpaper

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We love wallpaper in nurseries — especially when it’s done right. This cheery dot print looks great in a baby boy or girl’s room. When you’re considering fabrics, look for vinyl-, PVC-, POC- and VOC-free and breathable (like this Dwell Studio print!). It’ll keep mold and mildew out.

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