Build your own changing table - that's how it works

Changing tables are usually only needed for a few years - then they are superfluous. The high initial costs are often not worth it - but changing tables can also be easily built yourself. Instructions for this, and what to look for, can be found here.


The best way to build furniture from laminated wood panels. They can be sanded and painted clean and very smooth. This will also adapt to the rest of the facility.


When choosing the paint, it is important to make sure that the paints are free of any harmful substances. Lacquers containing solvents are unsuitable for children's room furnishings. They can exude solvents and other harmful substances. Especially babies are even more sensitive here than we adults.


The same applies to the glue used.

winding surface

The wrapping area should be big enough so that there is room to wrap. 50 x 60 cm are usually a good size, the changing table can of course be larger if enough space is available.

method of construction

It is best to build a body in which there is also some storage space. This essentially corresponds to the construction of a shelf. On the body then the changing table support is firmly attached.

The height should be such that you can work comfortably. As a rule, the usual conditions apply here, which also apply to the height of desks and desks.

Build a changing table - step by step

  • 2 wood panels as side panels
  • 2 wooden boards as lid and bottom
  • 1 wooden plate as a changing mat
  • 2 bevelled wood pelts as the front and rear edge of the changing mat
  • Wood panels as a center partition and for shelves
  • Carrier pins for shelves
  • suitable solvent and pollution-free paint
  • Fixing material (wooden dowels, screw connections)
  • Pollutant-free glue
  • Changing pad
  • drilling machine
  • jigsaw
  • Screwdriver or cordless screwdriver
  • Brush or paint roller (alternatively sprayer)
  • jigsaw
  • spirit level

1st cut

Plan your changing table on the paper and cut all the pieces of wood according to the plan. If you buy the wood in the hardware store, you may also have the cut done directly at an additional cost.

2. Assembly of the body

Drill the holes for the wooden dowels and screw connections in the designated places. Fill the holes with glue and insert the wooden dowels. Mount the screw connections. Then put the body together.

Also drill the holes for the shelves. Check with the spirit level whether the body is exactly in the balance. Only then can he stand stable.

3. Fit the changing mat

Place the two side parts on the changing mat after you have provided them with wooden dowels and glue.

4. Sand and varnish

Sand the entire body thoroughly and sand the changing mat. If you want you can also round off the edges of the changing mat. Paint the body and overlay and let the paint dry. Then you can put on the changing mat and fix it if necessary.

Tips & Tricks

If you do not glue the parts of the changing table all the way through, you may be able to reuse the wood for another project later, or rebuild the changing table to a different table - perhaps a small desk if you need one.

Video Board: Building a Walnut Changing Table (Part 1)