Is Wallpaper Safe for the Nursery? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Written by Lee Orlian
Interior designer & co-founder of Teepee Joy.

Imagine stepping into your nursery and being immediately whisked away into a world brimming with wonder and whimsy. 

Every wall narrates a tale of adventure, dreams, and boundless imagination—a place where your little one can grow, dream, and play. But as we embark on this magical journey of transformation, a pivotal question lingers: Is it safe?

I’m Lee Orlian, co-founder of Teepee Joy and an interior designer with a heart for crafting enchanting spaces for children. 

In my journey, I’ve discovered that creating a dreamy nursery involves more than just aesthetics—it’s about ensuring every choice we make fosters a safe, nurturing environment for our little ones.

In this article, we’ll explore the world of nursery wallpapers, not just the beauty they bring but also the practical considerations every parent should be aware of.

From the importance of non-toxic materials to the ease of installation and everything in between, I’ll share insights to ensure that your design choices are as safe as they are captivating. 

Join me as we navigate through these considerations to help you create a nursery that’s not only visually stunning but also a safe haven for your child.

A Breath of Fresh Air: Embracing Non-Toxic Nurseries

Tiger Camp – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

As parents, we’re the first line of defense in our children’s world, ensuring every corner of their environment supports health, growth, and happiness. 

At the heart of this endeavor lies a crucial decision—the materials we choose for their nursery. Let’s explore why opting for non-toxic wallpaper isn’t just a choice; it’s a commitment to their well-being.

When it comes to decorating your little one’s room, the walls are more than just a backdrop for sweet dreams and playtime adventures; they’re an integral part of creating a safe, nurturing environment.

That’s why at Teepee Joy, we emphasize the importance of PVC-free, non-toxic materials in our wallpapers. These choices aren’t just about aesthetics; they’re about health. 

PVC, a common plastic found in many household items, can release harmful chemicals into the air.

For a nursery, where your child spends a significant amount of time, ensuring the air is as pure as possible is paramount. 

Our wallpapers are crafted with safety in mind, free from these harmful plastics, ensuring that your child’s first adventures are not only magical but also safe.

Furthermore, ISO certifications play a pivotal role in this safety net. 

These certifications aren’t just acronyms on a label; they’re your assurance that the product meets stringent quality and safety standards designed to protect indoor air quality and, consequently, your child’s health.

By choosing wallpapers that boast these certifications, you’re choosing a product that has been rigorously tested and verified as safe for your most precious treasure.

In creating that perfect nursery, remember that the choices we make today shape the world our children will live in tomorrow. 

Opting for non-toxic, PVC-free wallpaper is more than a design decision; it’s a pledge to their future, ensuring they grow up in an environment that’s not only beautiful but, more importantly, safe and healthy

Crafting Dreams on Walls: Selecting the Perfect Wallpaper

 Minty Stripes – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Embarking on the journey of designing your nursery can feel like stepping into a storybook. Each choice brings its own touch of magic, especially when it comes to selecting the right wallpaper. 

With a palette of enchanting designs and innovative materials at your fingertips, this process can be as delightful as the outcome.

In the realm of nursery wallpapers, the choice often comes down to two main types: traditional wallpaper and peel-and-stick. 

Both have their charms and conveniences, but knowing which suits your vision and lifestyle can make all the difference. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is like the friendly spell of the decorating world—easy to cast and simple to change.

Its self-adhesive backing means no messy glues or pastes are needed; you simply peel off the backing and smooth it onto the wall.

For parents who love the idea of updating their nursery’s theme as their little one grows, or for those living in rental homes where permanent changes are not permitted, peel-and-stick wallpaper is a dream come true. 

Its ease of installation and removal ensures that your nursery’s look can evolve without leaving any residue or damage behind.

On the other hand, traditional wallpaper offers a timeless appeal, creating a more permanent backdrop for your child’s adventures. It’s an excellent choice for areas of high traffic or where you envision a long-lasting design feature.

While it may require more effort to install or remove, its durability and wide range of textures and finishes offer a depth of design that is well worth the effort.

At Teepee Joy, we understand that every family’s needs and dreams are unique. That’s why we offer both peel-and-stick and traditional wallpaper options. 

Our designs are crafted to spark imagination with vibrant colors and playful patterns that invite your child into a world of wonder.

Whether you’re looking for the flexibility of peel-and-stick or the permanence of traditional wallpaper, we’re here to help you choose the perfect backdrop for your nursery—one that not only looks enchanting but also adapts to your changing needs and preferences.

Measuring for Magic: Ensuring You Have Enough Wallpaper

Animal Parade – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

The first step on your wallpaper adventure is much like the first step on any journey of creation—measuring.

While it may seem daunting at first, with a few simple guidelines, measuring your nursery for wallpaper can be straightforward and even fun.

Let’s ensure you have all you need for a smooth start and a beautiful finish.

  1. Gather Your Tools – All you need is a tape measure, a calculator, and a notepad to jot down your measurements.

  2. Measure the Width – Measure the width of each wall you plan to cover. You may only need to measure two walls if the room is rectangular. Write down each measurement in inches, as wallpaper rolls are typically labeled in width by inches.

  3. Measure the Height – Next, measure from the floor to the ceiling to determine the height of your walls. This is important to ensure that the rolls you purchase are long enough to cover the wall from top to bottom.

  4. Calculating the Total Coverage – Combine the widths of all the walls to get a total width measurement. This tells you how much horizontal coverage you need.

  5. Determining the Number of Rolls:

    • Our wallpaper rolls at Teepee Joy come in widths of 24 inches and lengths of 6, 8, 10, or 12 feet to match various room sizes and ceiling heights. To find out how many rolls you need, divide your total width measurement (in inches) by the width of the wallpaper roll (24 inches).

      Always round up to the nearest whole number to ensure you have enough. For instance, if your calculation comes to 4.2 rolls, you’ll want to order 5 rolls to cover the entire area.

  6. Account for Extras – It’s essential to order an extra 10-15% of wallpaper on top of your calculated needs. This extra allowance accounts for any mistakes, trimming, or pattern matching you may need to do. It’s especially crucial if your walls are not perfectly square or if you have a pattern that requires alignment.

By following these steps, you’ll ensure that you have enough wallpaper to complete your nursery with that perfect finish. 

Remember, it’s better to have a little too much than not enough, especially when working with patterned designs that require matching at the seams.

This extra step in preparation ensures that your nursery’s transformation is as seamless and stress-free as the final result is beautiful.

Wallpaper Wonders: Achieving a Seamless Installation

 Finest Pink – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Transforming your nursery with the perfect wallpaper is an adventure that’s both exciting and deeply rewarding. 

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a first-time wallpaper user, these pro tips will help you achieve that flawless finish, making the process as joyful as seeing the end result.

For Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper:

  • Prepare Your Walls – Ensure your walls are clean, dry, and smooth. Any dust, dirt, or texture can affect how well the wallpaper adheres. A quick wipe-down with a damp cloth can do wonders.

  • Peel with Care – Start at the corner of the wallpaper and peel back the backing slowly. If you’re new to this, consider peeling off a small section at the top to start.

  • Apply and Smooth – Align the wallpaper at the top of your wall, leaving a slight overlap at the ceiling. Press the wallpaper against the wall from the center outwards. Use the squeegee (included with your Teepee Joy purchase) to smooth out any air bubbles and ensure a snug fit.

  • Trim the Excess – Use a sharp utility knife to trim any excess wallpaper at the bottom and along the edges for a clean finish.

For Traditional Wallpaper:

  • Wall Preparation – Similar to peel-and-stick, your walls should be clean, dry, and smooth. For traditional wallpaper, applying a primer can also help with adhesion and ease of removal later.

  • Mix the Paste – Follow the instructions for your specific wallpaper paste. Evenly apply the paste to the back of the wallpaper, ensuring full coverage.

  • Book the Paper – After applying the paste, fold the top and bottom ends of the wallpaper inward without creasing, and let it sit for the time recommended by the manufacturer. This process, called ‘booking,’ allows the paste to activate.

  • Hang with Precision – Start from the top, aligning your wallpaper with your wall. Gently press it into place, working your way down. Use a brush or sponge to smooth the wallpaper onto the wall, removing any bubbles or wrinkles.

  • Cut and Match – If your wallpaper has a pattern, carefully match the pattern at the seams for a continuous look. Trim any excess from the top and bottom with a sharp utility knife.

Whether opting for the modern convenience of peel-and-stick or the traditional charm of pasted wallpaper, these tips will help ensure your nursery’s walls are as stunning as they are sturdy. 

Remember, taking your time during the installation process can make all the difference in achieving that professional, seamless look.

And, of course, if you have any questions or need further guidance, I’m here to help make your nursery wallpaper project a success!

Preserving Whimsy: Caring for Your Nursery Wallpaper

Flushed Floras – Kids and Nursery Room Wallpaper by Teepee Joy

Creating a nursery that’s as enchanting on the 100th day as it was on the first is easier than you might imagine.

The key lies in regular, gentle maintenance that keeps your wallpaper looking its best.

Let’s go through some simple steps to ensure your nursery walls remain vibrant and full of joy for years to come. Keeping your wallpaper in pristine condition doesn’t require harsh chemicals or tedious work.

In fact, a bit of tender love and care is all it takes to maintain its beauty.

Here are some tips to help you preserve the whimsy of your nursery’s walls:

  • Gentle Cleaning – The best tool for maintaining your wallpaper is as simple as warm water and a non-abrasive cloth. Gently wiping down the walls can remove dust, fingerprints, and minor stains, keeping the colors vibrant and the patterns clear.

  • Immediate Attention to Spills – Life happens, especially in a nursery. If spills or splashes occur, addressing them quickly can prevent stains from setting. Blot the area gently with a damp cloth—rubbing can push the spill deeper into the wallpaper or cause the colors to run.

  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals – Harsh cleaning agents can damage the wallpaper’s surface, causing discoloration or peeling. Stick to water or, if necessary, a very mild detergent diluted in water for tougher stains. Always test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area first.

  • Regular Dusting – Dust can accumulate on the wallpaper, dulling its appearance over time. A soft, dry cloth or a duster can be used regularly to keep dust at bay without scratching or damaging the wallpaper.

  • Protect from Direct Sunlight – If possible, use curtains or blinds to protect your wallpaper from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, which can cause colors to fade over time. This is especially important for vibrant and darker colors that are more susceptible to fading.

By following these simple care instructions, you can ensure that your nursery remains a place of wonder and delight. 

Our wallpapers at Teepee Joy are designed not only for beauty and imagination but also for durability and ease of maintenance, so you can focus more on creating precious memories and less on upkeep.

Remember, a little bit of care goes a long way in preserving the magic of your nursery’s walls. 

Should you have any questions about caring for your specific wallpaper, I’m here to help guide you toward keeping your space as beautiful as the day it was first completed.


1. Can I apply peel-and-stick wallpaper if I’ve never done any wallpapering before?

Absolutely! Peel-and-stick wallpaper is designed with ease of installation in mind, making it perfect for beginners. With its simple peel-off backing and repositionable nature, you can achieve a professional-looking finish without prior experience. 

Just follow the step-by-step instructions provided, and use the squeegee included with your purchase to smooth out any air bubbles.

2. How do I choose the best wallpaper design for my nursery?

Choosing the best wallpaper design involves considering a few factors, such as the theme of your nursery, the color scheme, and your personal style. 

Think about what kind of environment you want to create—whether it’s calming and serene or vibrant and stimulating.

Our collection at Teepee Joy offers a wide range of designs to suit any theme, from playful animals to whimsical patterns, ensuring you find the perfect backdrop for your little one’s adventures.

3. Are wallpaper samples available before I make a purchase?

Yes, we offer XL (24″x 24″) wallpaper samples for a small fee. These allow you to see and feel the quality of our products before making a full order. 

Ordering a sample is a great way to ensure the color and design match your vision for the nursery. Samples are available directly from each product listing on our website.

4. How do I remove peel-and-stick wallpaper, and will it damage my walls?

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is designed for easy removal without damaging your walls. When it’s time for a change, simply peel the wallpaper off from a corner at a steady pace.

It should come off cleanly, but if any adhesive residue is left behind, it can typically be wiped away with a damp cloth. 

This feature makes peel-and-stick wallpaper an excellent option for renters or anyone who likes to update their decor frequently.

5. What should I do if I make a mistake during the installation process?

If you make a mistake while installing peel-and-stick wallpaper, such as misalignment or trapping air bubbles, don’t worry! The wallpaper can be carefully peeled back and repositioned.

For trapped air bubbles, gently lift the nearest edge and smooth the wallpaper back into place, using the squeegee to push the bubble towards the edge. 

For traditional wallpaper, correcting mistakes once the paste has been set is challenging, so it’s crucial to work slowly and meticulously during the installation process.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

As we wrap up our journey through the world of nursery wallpapers, it’s clear that creating a space filled with wonder, warmth, and safety for your little one is within reach.

From understanding the importance of non-toxic materials to selecting the perfect design, calculating your needs, and applying your chosen wallpaper for a smooth finish, you’re now equipped with the knowledge and insights to make informed decisions.

But the adventure doesn’t have to end here. Whether you’re at the beginning of your decorating journey or ready to make those final, delightful touches, I’m here to help.

At Teepee Joy, we’re passionate about bringing your vision to life with our whimsical collection of wallpapers. 

Each design is crafted with love and thoughtfully created to inspire imagination and joy in your child’s nursery.

Ready to bring your dream nursery to life? Dive into our enchanting collection of wallpapers or reach out for a personal touch. 

Schedule a video consultation with me, Lee Orlian, for personalized advice and inspiration tailored to your unique style and needs.

Together, we can create a magical space that captures the essence of childhood wonder and creates a backdrop for a lifetime of memories. 

Let’s take this next step together and transform your nursery into a place where dreams are nurtured, adventures begin, and love grows.

Explore Teepee Joy today, and let’s create something truly special for your little one.