Create a Nursery Inspired by the Sea

A sea-inspired nursery makes perfect sense as many parents’ recall memories of trips to the beach as a child. It calls for soft-washed finishes and blue accents infused with beachy motifs. These are the relaxing shades that are sure to bring calm during your baby’s first years.

It’s a theme that can be literal or subtle regardless of how far you live from the seaside. Ocean-inspired toys alongside shark and lobster details will also inspire their creativity, skills and imagination.

We think life is better by the sea – so let’s explore eight ways to introduce some fun coastal accents within your little one’s nursery.

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1. Vox Vintage 3 Piece Cot Bed Nursery Set in a Choice of Oak or 5 Pastel Colours

Vox Vintage 3 Piece Cot Bed Nursery Set in a Choice of Oak or 5 Pastel Colours

Part of the fun of trips to the beach is playing in the sand.

This gorgeous vintage-inspired nursery set by Vox is available in six stunning shades – including the beautiful beachy ‘Yellow’ option.

Offering true coordination, this set includes a tall chest of drawers, a metre-wide chest of drawers – which you can upgrade to a changing table (sold separately) – and a three-height cot bed that’ll convert into a junior bed later on.

The drawer fronts resemble a traditional beach hut, whilst the non-jarring colours of the oak legs, MDF and laminated chipboard mean your baby will find it easy to relax.

The drawers’ push open system is also ideal for when you have your arms full.

2. Obaby Nika Mini Cot Bed 2 Piece Nursery Furniture Set

Obaby Nika Mini Cot Bed 2 Piece Nursery Furniture Set

With an oak wood effect finish reminiscent of driftwood, this dreamy 2-piece nursery set by Obaby is a great way to introduce beachy textures.

Watch your baby during snooze times within the slatted cot bed, select one of three adjustable heights and prepare for bothersome milk teeth with the soothing teething rails. Then, when they reach their toddler years, it converts into a bed suitable for them up to their 4th birthday.

The chest of drawers provides much-needed storage for their growing clothes collection, but its clever spring pin feature lets you remove the changing top when necessary.

3. Lewis Beach Hut Single Wardrobe in White

Lewis Beach Hut Single Wardrobe in White

Everything about this slimline wardrobe says “buy me”.

Combining sea-inspired features (neutral white shade, boards, distinctive beach hut ‘roof’, rope cord handle) with practical storage (three 62x40cm shelves, side hooks), it is an ideal way of introducing some seaside chic into a nursery.

Available in this lacquered white solid pine and MDF finish, it is sturdy, easy to wipe clean and will stand the test of time. Once your child has outgrown their nursery, it will keep on storing towels or beauty products in any bathroom.

Its soft close door will avoid waking your baby too – meaning fewer disturbed nights.

4. Levo Baby Rocker in Beech Wood with Aruba Blue Cushion

Levo Baby Rocker in Beech Wood with Aruba Blue Cushion

Think of a tropical ocean – we dare you – and you’ll likely imagine the colour of water like this Aruba Blue cushion baby rocker.

Made with 100% cotton fabric from Charlie Crane – with no harmful chemicals – you can relax knowing you’ve given them the best. The cushion is machine washable too – so ideal should any little accidents happen.

See them beam whilst the varnished wood frame – in “Beach” or “Walnut” multi-plywood – encourages them to bounce themselves. So there are no ‘scary’ mechanical movements.

It’s perfect for those new arrivals until they reach around 7 months, so prepare to happily listen to their giggles.

5. Casami Beach House Bookcase

Casami Beach House Bookcase

This is another example of a fun – yet well-made – piece of sea-inspired furniture.

Constructed from lacquer-finish MDF, its fuss-free lines are sprinkled with a whimsical nod to seaside beach huts.

A perfect way to house their bedtime story books – possibly telling of friendly sea creatures and mermaids – this bookcase will also double up as an attractive display unit. Get creative and arrange their treasured nick-nacks, toys and family photographs on the four levels.

It would look lovely paired with the coordinating Casami Beach House Cupboard – keep your bambino’s nappies, clothes and bath time bottles out of reach.

6. Le Toy Van Petilou Ocean Stacker Tower and Bag

Le Toy Van Petilou Ocean Stacker Tower and Bag

Searching the ‘seven seas’ for responsibly-sourced plastic-free toys that’ll build their coordination?

Le Toy Van brings you these nine high-quality FSC wooden toys – with a sealife twist – that are sure to become your best friend when teaching basic numbers, colours and animal names.

Watch your little tot (aged 18+ months) proudly learn to stack them – whilst you know they’re made from non-toxic child-friendly paints that’ll resist chipping. They encourage learning through play as colourful and smooth toys.

The cotton bag will also teach them how to tidy away.

7. Kids Shark Plush Animal Head Wall Decor

Kids Shark Plush Animal Head Wall Decor

Meet Jack … he’s silky soft, handmade, furry and … a shark.

But he’s a fun shark who will inspire countless imaginations – whether displayed on older ones’ nursery walls or whilst being hugged.

Brought to you by Wild & Soft in Belgium, each of these high-quality faux fur pieces is unique given they’re lovingly made by hand.

Guarding over sleeping children, your purchase will also go towards protecting the animals at the Zonnegloed and Cikananga wildlife sanctuaries.

8. Ratatam! Kids Lobster Animal Disguise & Accessory

Ratatam! Kids Lobster Animal Disguise & Accessory

Is your little ‘nipper’ fond of all things under the sea?

Introduce over 3’s to this sensational shellfish in their nursery, as either a wall hanging or comforting throw. Encouraging fancy dress – ideal for playtimes and birthday parties – the world’s your ‘lobster’ shaped disguise. It also adds a splash of colour to any room.

Made from incredibly soft faux fur, your little one can wear it until they’re 8 years old. It’s all thanks to the way they wear it – by placing their hands into the cotton-lined claw pockets.

Nautical Colours, Textures and Animals create a Sea-Inspired Nursery

We’re sure that this wide-ranging decor theme will create a magical nursery space for you and your child. Learn more about these beautiful products by calling +44 (0) 1305 231231, or send us an email. We’d be happy to help advise you.


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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