Simple Changing Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 20:44
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This simple changing table features is basically a bookcase with a removeable topper, enabling you to convert back to a changing table. Features two large shelves and a divided topper, perfect for a changing pad and keeping baby necessities at hand.

Today, when I checked the mail, there were two baby shower invites.  Two.  Time for some changing table plans.  Simple ones.

Like this one from Pottery Barn Kids.

That fits a standard changing pad and has a little space on top for those items that you must grab when you don't have a free hand.  I remember when Grace was a baby, we lived in the garage, slept on a mattress on the concrete floor, and an old card table served as a changing table.  And the changing table kept me sane.  I'm so glad that you might be able to have something better for your baby.

I’d love to see this changing table filled with baskets or bins in bright colors, painted white. Would be adorable! Also wanted to mention to those of you seeking a white finish that you could use 16″ wide shelving for the shelves, and then you would only have to finish the trim and legs out. It would be super cheap too, but don’t forget that the dimensions on the side trim will change slightly, as a 1×16 only measures 15 1/2″ wide.

Dimensions shown above. Make sure your changing pad matches the topper dimensions.


Shopping List

2 – 1×2 Boards, 8′ Long
1 – Sheet of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood, cut into 15 1/2″ wide and 8′ long strips (these strips will be referred to as 1×16 boards)
1 – 10′ 1×4 Board
4 – 1×3, 8′ Long
12′ of edge beading, 3/4″ thick
2″ Screws
1 1/4″ Screws
1 1/4″ Nails
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Sand Paper

Common Materials
wood conditioner
Cut List

4 – 1×2 @ 34″ (Legs)
2 – 1×4 @ 15 1/2″ (Top Trim, Ends)
4 – 1×3 @ 15 1/2″ (Shelf Trim, Ends)
4 – 1×16 @ 40″ (Shelves)
4 – 1×3 @ 38 1/2″ (Shelf Trim, Sides)
2 – 1×4 @ 38 1/2″ (Top Trim, Sides)
2 – 1×3 @ 15 1/2″ (Topper Trim)
2 – 1×3 @ 41 1/2″ (Topper Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 7 1/4″ (Topper Partition)
1 – 1×2 @ 15 1/2″ (Topper Partition)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Measure out all joints and mark before fastening. Be safe and use glue. Have fun! And predrill all screw holes before fastening.


Step 1

Build your ends as shown above. Use 2″ screws and glue unless you have a Kreg Jig™ and you can fasten the end trim from the insides.

Step 2

Fasten the shelves to the end trim pieces as shown above. Again, 2″ screws and glue or use the Kreg Jig™ from the underside of the shelves. Keep the top edge flush on the shelves.

Step 3

Trim out the shelf sides as shown above, use 2″ screws and glue. Fasten the trim to the legs to for extra support on the shelves from the outside of the leg or use a Kreg Jig™.

Step 4

Edge Trim
Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to fasten edge trim around the top of the table, as shown above. Miter your corners at 45 degrees for a neat edge. Cut the edge trim to fit, as dimensions are not shown in the above diagram.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach the side trim to the topper as shown above. Also attach to the end trim from step 5. Use glue and 2″ nails or screws.

Step 7

Attach the partitions to the bottom of the topper, and to the side and end trim pieces as shown above. Use glue.

Step 8

From the underside of the changing table, attach the topper with 1 1/4″ screws. Omit the glue if you wish to remove the topper at a future date.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler. Let dry. Sand with coarse sandpaper. Refill with wood filler. Let dry and sand with medium grit sandpaper. Follow up with fine sandpaper. Vacuum with a soft bristled brush. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Then prime and paint as desired.


Laura (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 01:54

Love this! I never had a changing table with either of my kids, so if I ever have another, I'm building this for sure!

Katherine (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 02:58

This is perfect! I am hoping to have a baby soon, and I am definitely going to build this table.

casicola (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 03:18

I cant wait to see pics too!!! its gonna be adorable!

Please forgive me if I am doing this wrong and please tell me how to do this.... but I have a wine rack/book shelf from crate and barrel that i just know you can design and I can is the link..
Can you help? We have no kids and really would love to make something for our house:)

merideth (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 03:48

that is great! we have a LOT of babies coming in our family and circle of friends. surely somebody needs a changing table! :)

Lissa @ MyThri… (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 06:16

LOVE THIS! I am having our first baby soon and have been wanting a changing table without spending $200. I'm looking forward to making this on a Saturday with my hubby!

Paula (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 06:50

I'm done having babies, but I think this would make an awesome shower gift! Thanks for yet another set of awesome plans, Ana!

spinellifamily (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 09:44

YES! I've never bought a changing table because they were way too expensive, I'm totally doing this for the next kid. Thank you thank you!!

Mindy (not verified)

Tue, 06/29/2010 - 12:07

Bless you! I was just thinking last night as I considered selling my 2 yr. old's changing table (because we need the cash for me going back to school), "Maybe I should hold on to it for the next kid" (who will be at least 3 years down the road). Now, no worries, I've got plans to make one.
So, thanks, for outfitting my family now & helping with my future plans, too.

Rebecca (not verified)

Fri, 07/02/2010 - 08:44

I think you must have been reading my mind. I've been looking to purchase a changing table for a couple of months, but I couldn't justify the cost of a sturdy one and the ones I can afford seemed so unstable. I kept thinking I wish Ana would post plans for a simple one (the scalloped wall system is a bit too ambitious for a very pregnant lady like me...although its still something I want to build). THANK YOU for posting these!!! You and your site are such a blessing.

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