SURPRISE YOUR BABY: CREATE A DIY CHANGING MAT WITH PRACTICAL STORAGE
Diapers? They’re here. Wipes? Those too. But where’s the diaper cream? It was here a second ago! As soon as a new member of the family comes home, these situations are commonplace. Something is always missing! But it’s not difficult to create a handy DIY changing table. Why don't you try?
A changing table is definitely one of the first things you need when a child is born. Often, however, it is also one of the most expensive accessories. So why don't you just build it yourself? With a pair of saw horses and some screws you can create a changing table with clever storage according to your needs. You will be able to adapt it to almost any dresser or place it on the dryer, depending on where you expect to change your baby.
- 1 untreated wood board (115 x 80 cm, thickness 2 cm) for the bottom
- 1 untreated wood board (10 x 115 cm, thickness 2 cm) for the rear wall
- 3 untreated wood boards (10 x 78 cm, thickness 2 cm) for the side and central panels
- 3 untreated wood boards (10 x 19 cm, thickness 2 cm) for intermediate compartments
- Wood screws
- Cordless drill with drill bit
- Paint for wood in your choice of colour and a brush
- Non-slip screw stoppers
How to put the changing table together
Some advice before you start: mark the screw holes and start screws in position. This way you’ll avoid splintering the wood.
- Place the back wall along the edge of the bottom and attach it from the bottom with about eight screws.
- Now choose on which side you want to have products for baby. Would you like to put tissues, cream, etc. on your right side? Then use about 6 screws to attach a 78 cm long board on the left side. Should be aligned with the bottom board.
- A second board is attached 90 cm away.
- Lay out the last horizontal side piece in front of you and mark two holes at a distance of 26 cm, 20 cm and 16 cm. If the compartments must be larger or smaller, you can individually adjust the size.
- Where marked, attach smaller boards to create intermediate shelves.
- Now you can take the just finished piece and align it with the right edge of the bottom shelf. Attach it with six screws as you did before. The shelves are pointing inwards.
- So that everything is attached well, screw the intermediate shelves to the table. Then attach the back wall to the three side pieces using two screws.
- And now the colour: with the brush, you can paint a single colour or use different ones. Let the paint dry well.
- To prevent the changing table from sliding and scratching the chest of drawers, attach a small non-slip stopper on each screw head. All that’s missing is a nice cushion for baby. They come in different colours and designs. Just be careful to choose the correct size.
Now you can put everything you need into the changing table: baby wipes, creams, etc. At your nearest Lidl, you’ll find many fantastic products for babies. Go take a look.
The work is finished
See? You built something vitally important with your own hands and now you can take it off the list of purchases for the baby. That feels good! You still have so many things to buy? Sure, but that's enough for today. Relax, especially if you're pregnant, and take a break. Why not enjoy a nice sip of orange juice? And offer a cold beer to Dad? After delivery, you can give yourself one too. You'll also want a dish of pasta (like Italiamo). You can prepare it in a hurry and recharge your energy. And the mess that you made after the building project? Forget it. You've earned a pleasant evening together. Think about it tomorrow.