Our Top Picks for an Eco-Friendly Nursery

We all want to create a better future for our kids – it’s what they deserve after all.

But knowing how to decorate their nursery in an environmentally friendly way is often easier said than done.

Choosing a cot bed and nursery furniture that are eco friendly and sustainably sourced is one way to help here.

Also, many of our products have a long life span thanks to their innovative conversion kits and durable materials.

With this in mind, we’ve assembled a collection of eight pieces of furniture – including cot beds – that will help you bring about real change through your purchase.

Image source: @ralphsreno
@renovatingwiththerogers (1)
Image source: @renovatingwiththerogers

1. Choose a Convertible Cot Bed

Gaia Baby Serena Complete Sleep Cot Bed + Co-Sleep

At a time when your baby is growing out of their clothes every few months – it can feel like there’s a conveyor belt of ‘things’ lined up to their nursery.

Conscious for their future – you can soon worry everything has a short life span – until you discover Gaia Baby’s Serena cot bed.

This beautiful (ethically manufactured) cot bed will accompany them from birth until they are 5 years old.

Pop the junior extension kit into your basket (sold separately) – so it stays with them until their 10th birthday.

The sustainably sourced FSC wood, 100% recyclable nature, non-toxic paints as well as having the option to use it as a bedside crib next to your own bed, are all major plus points.

2. Select a Cot Bed Made with Low Emissions

Oeuf Rhea Cot Bed in White & Walnut

Looking for a bed for your ‘bundle’ that’ll help you sleep easier too?

The Rhea cot bed is not just super stylish – with its contrast of fresh white and deep walnut shades – it meets European and Californian standards for formaldehyde emissions.

Its Greenguard Gold certification means it’s especially safe for babies – free from VOC emissions – to promote a healthier quality of sleep with the water-based finish.

As with the previous cot – this gorgeous bed can convert to a toddler bed with the conversion kit (sold separately) to prolong its use. This means more sustainable furniture – and no need to replace this bed until they move beyond their toddler years.

3. Looking for a ‘5-in-1’ Cot Bed that Lasts 7 Years?

Leander Classic Baby Cot in Grey with Optional Extension Kit

Yes, we couldn’t believe it either – this beautifully ‘chubby’ rounded cot will stay with your bambino for countless good night sleeps.

Not only is it made using sustainable FSC moulded beech wood – placing less strain on the planet’s resources – but the five settings grow with your little one’s development and age at a pace to suit them.

Simply purchase the separate extension bed and guardrail to make this cuddly cot into a junior bed – pairing it with a handy extendable mattress (also purchased separately) in whichever of the four colour options you choose.

And … when the junior bed is too short – it becomes a useful sofa for reading.

4. Sustainably Sourced Wood - We’re in!

Oliver Furniture Wood Mini+ 4 in 1 Cot Bed in White & Oak

Why buy four different beds – when one is enough?

This contemporary design can be made into an array of beds – including an adjustable-height cot, toddler, junior and day bed – so you can rest easy knowing the sustainable FSC® Birch and Oak will be used throughout their childhood.

But it doesn’t end there – you can extend this multi-purpose bed’s ‘life’ even further with the optional low loft conversion kit (sold separately). Extra accessories (not included) such as curtains and an under-bed play mattress create a magical den.

Each configuration prolongs the already eco-friendly FSC® Birch and Oak wooden frame – naturally, it’s treated with non-toxic lacquer and paint.

5. Choose Durable Materials

Gaia Baby Tweed Serena Rocking Chair

There’s no doubt – the Serena rocking chair will create an inviting ‘snuggle space’ for you and your newborn whether you choose the ‘Ochre’, ‘Ocean’ or ‘Midnight’ fabric option.

Made using a durable woven polyester material – your little one can enjoy being rocked gently in this sculptural chair.

Drape a throw across the back and rest against the included (same fabric) cushion and you’re ready to sing lullabies whilst bonding with your baby.

You’ll be comfortable feeding them too – thanks to the ergonomic arm height.

6. Choose Eco-Friendly MDF

Oeuf Bookcase in White & Birch

Who knew MDF could be eco friendly?

Made from Baltic Birch plywood and eco-MDF – this bookcase provides vital storage from the time you decorate it with their first teddies to the time when they place their favourite dinosaurs and school books there themselves.

Both sizes are finished with non-toxic and water-based VOC-free material. They’re sustainably produced in a FSC certified facility here in Europe – and we’re proud to highlight their Greenguard Gold manufacturing status.

7. Love Water-Based Finishes

Oeuf Classic 6 Drawer Dresser in White & Birch

This capacious six drawer dresser is one for sustainably-aware parents for two reasons!

Firstly, the water-based finish of this multi-functional sleek unit – made from Baltic Birch plywood and eco-MDF drawer faces – makes it a breeze to clean.

Easily transformed into a changing table – given the extra-large changing tray and pad (available separately) – you’ll find two ways of using this Greenguard Gold certified dresser.

8. Feature Fun Furniture that’ll Outlast Trends

Oliver Furniture Seaside Children’s Luxury 2 Door Wardrobe in White

Created in the ‘ever-so-cool’ Scandi style – Danish designer Oliver Furniture has created its Seaside Collection using timber from sustainable sources within Europe – meaning it’s travelled fewer air miles.

Complementing a whole host of nursery decor themes and colours – this fun seaside wardrobe has a classic appeal and white lacquered surface – meaning it will suit your little ‘un’s room regardless of the latest trends.

Its water-based lacquers are better for the environment – yet there’s still ample storage with two storage drawers and a clothes rail running across both sides, to keep their favourite fancy dress outfit ready for the next party.

Combine Long-Lasting, Multipurpose and Sustainably Made Furniture to Create an Eco-Friendly Nursery that’s Better for your Baby (and the Planet)

Your baby’s nursery is the ideal place to include eco-friendly furniture. After all, many of these pieces are sustainable, VOC-free and non-toxic. Learn more about these beautiful products by calling +44 (0) 1305 231231, or email our customer experts. We’re here to help you decorate your perfect home.


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.

Leave a Reply