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October 18, 2013

10 Fantastic Examples of Sustainable Design for Kids

by Annalisa


Whether you are designing a place for your kids to sleep or to play (or both!), you want to make sure that their immediate surroundings are as healthy as they can be. That means choosing organic, sustainable, and green products whenever possible. We rounded up our favorite examples of sustainable kids’ rooms to share with you: 

Jessica Helgerson’s Tiny House

Tiny House in Portland designed by Jessica Helgerson

Source: Jessica Helgerson

Interior designer Jessica Helgerson lives with her husband and two children this tiny 540 square foot house in Portland, Oregon. It was renovated using only reclaimed materials. The children’s crisp white room contains two bunk beds, a full guest bed, and a pull-out closet tucked in at the feet of the bunks.

Eva’s Bed by h2o Architectes

Eva's Bed by h2o Architectes 

Source: h2o Architectes

This interesting structure was the solution to the problem presented by the arrival of a new baby in a tiny Paris apartment. Two children would now have to share the same small room. Eva’s amazing bed, specially designed by a firm of architects, serves as a place to sleep, a partition, and a play area.


HGTV Green Home Kids Room

HGTV Green Kid's Room Design

Source: HGTV via Creative Nest 

This bedroom for up to four children, presented by HGTV’s Green Home, features beds constructed of reclaimed wood and eco-friendly accessories.  It makes the whole room feel like you’re in a tree house – and what kid wouldn’t love that? 

Olivia Ellen’s Copenhagen Charmer

Olivia Ellen's charming babyroom on Apartment Therapy

Images by Frederikke Heiberg, Tia Borgsmidt and Rikke Graff Juel via Apartment Therapy 

One of the easiest ways to address sustainable design in a room for your child is to use vintage furniture (remember to choose child-safe vintage furniture). This room for a Danish designer’s child is chock full of charming and colorful pieces from the past. Almost everything was found at flea markets and in second-hand shops.

Jessica Alba’s Baby Room 

Jessica Alba's house tour on Domaine Home

Source: Domaine Home 

Actress Jessica Alba is becoming almost as well-known for her environmental concerns as she is for her movie career. The founder of the Honest Company, devoted to eco-friendly baby products, put her knowledge of sustainable design to good use in this nursery for her own children.

Eco-Friendly Children’s Play Room Basement Redesign


Source: Kreative Ways

Design Firm Kreative Ways and Solutions oversaw this basement renovation. A den became an eco-friendly playroom with sustainable bamboo flooring, low-VOC wall-coverings, and natural woven blinds. You should definitely check out the amazing before and after pictures on their blog – this space definitely got a happy makeover!

Look! Eco-Friendly Playroom

Source: Apartment Therapy

This sweet little playroom was painted with Benjamin Moore’s Aura line of low-VOC paints in pale blues and greens. The floor was redone in sustainable cork. And several of the tables in the room were actually made from wood harvested from a fallen maple tree in the family’s backyard.

Sod Room Play Facility in Chicago


Source: Sod Room 

This gorgeous eco-friendly playroom is actually part of an indoor facility for children in Chicago. The flooring is reclaimed cork; all paint used is low-VOC. And, of course, all the play structures, furniture, and toys are safe and sustainably designed.  If you live in Chicago, you should definitely go check it out!

Straw Houses

Green features abound inside the house as well. The residents, two professors from UC Santa Cruz, repurposed dorm furniture—beds, armoires, and desks—for their kids' rooms. 

Source: Dwell

The children’s bedrooms in this amazing straw bale house feature furniture that has been repurposed from dorms. Plus, did I mention the house is made out of  straw?! Be sure to check out the other straw houses in this feature on Dwell.  

Cute Craft Room

Source: 79 Ideas

This bright, cheerful craft room is furnished with a wide variety of vintage furniture and repurposed materials, including the metal storage bins, which would have been originally used in an office or factory setting.


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