Construct this straightforward DIY altering desk topper for a dresser or or cubby shelf to carry a altering pad tray and set up diapers, wipes, and extra.
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DIY Altering Desk + Topper
Awhile again, we confirmed you ways we constructed this mid-century impressed entry desk with cubby storage.
It appears to be like nice there in our entryway, however we designed and have been utilizing it as a dresser and altering desk for our infants. (Sure, we’ve got 2 little ones now! We love our rising household.)
The desk has a lot good storage with 4 massive baskets, plus adjustable cabinets hidden behind the door!
To show the desk from a reasonably entry desk to a altering desk, we simply wanted so as to add a very easy wooden altering desk topper.
Solely 2 boards and a handful of cuts made this altering desk tray the right add-on undertaking — and it may be used as a shadow field show body, too!
The big tray part suits a altering pad, and the three smaller sections on the facet match child wipes, diapers, and ointment or different diaper altering requirements.
The perfect a part of this DIY altering desk topper is that whenever you make it your self, it could actually match any altering pad or dresser to be each common and detachable.
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Easy methods to Make a Altering Desk Topper
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The printable woodworking plans give all the small print and dimensions for constructing the DIY altering desk topper.
It’s designed to suit our cubby shelf altering desk and this contoured altering pad, however can simply be adjusted to go on high of a dresser or different piece of furnishings.
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* You could possibly use inexpensive 1″ x 4″ x 8′ furring strips, however verify that the boards are all straight and sq.. The costlier pine boards will sometimes be straighter and smoother.
Learn our Ideas for Selecting Good Boards.
You’ll additionally want a altering pad. The woodworking plans are designed to completely match this Summer time Toddler 4-sided contoured altering pad (32 ½” x 16 ½”).
We like this altering pad for the 4-sided contour to guard ever-growing and kicking child legs from bumping the wooden dividers (and it’s held up nice for two+ years).
You may additionally use these related sized altering pads:
It’s additionally very easy to regulate the size of the altering desk topper tray to suit the altering pad and/or dresser you’ll be utilizing.
IMPORTANT: With any altering desk, by no means go away the child alone or unattended. The altering desk topper should be secured to the dresser or furnishings, and the dresser must be secured to the wall as effectively to forestall tipping. Simply be sensible and luxuriate in this feature for altering a child. We’ve got used this for years and like it.
1. Minimize the altering desk topper sides to size. We mitered the ends of the boards at 45° to create a pleasant trying mitered nook. Sand the corners evenly for a good match.
The size of the shorter sides ought to match the altering pad, plus 1 1/2″ to accommodate the width of the lengthy facet boards.
Ensure the size you chop match safely and securely on the dresser, desk, and so on.
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2. Glue and pin nail the edges collectively to create the altering desk topper body.
- Verify the body for sq.. You should use a carpenter’s sq., or measure the diagonal distances — the distances shall be precisely the identical when the body is sq..
- Clamp the altering desk topper body because it dries to maintain it sq.. A Nook Clamping Jig is admittedly useful right here.
4. Minimize the divider items. Our brief dividers are 10″ to suit diapers, a container of wipes, and so on and to carry the altering pad safe whereas becoming the total size of our DIY altering desk dresser.
Area the brief dividers evenly alongside the lengthy divider, and glue and nail in place. Ours are 5″ between.
Then glue and nail the complete divider part in place.
Remember to verify for sq. once more, to make certain that the altering pad will match within the tray.
6. Non-obligatory – Minimize the plywood backing.
That is solely wanted for those who’d wish to have a backing on the altering desk topper to guard the dresser high or for the altering pad adhesive to stay to (or for those who’ll be utilizing it as a shadow field body show later).
Measure and minimize the 1/4″ plywood to dimension. Glue and nail it on the again of the altering desk topper tray.
Now end it! As soon as all of the glue has dried, fill any seen nail holes or imperfections. Sand and paint or stain to suit your desired type.
Ours was only a clear coat end to match the entry/altering desk.
I additionally sanded all the perimeters of the boards to take off the sharp nook.
Easy methods to Connect a Altering Pad to a Dresser
Whether or not you’re utilizing a cubby dresser like ours, a daily dresser with drawers, or one other piece of furnishings — the altering pad tray and desk topper MUST be secured to the furnishings.
Fortunately, it’s as straightforward as utilizing a few mending plates and screws.
You should use a number of smaller 2-hole mending plates, or a pair bigger mending plates with a number of extra screw attachment factors.
The mending plate simply must be lengthy sufficient to achieve the again of the furnishings and the facet of the wooden altering desk topper tray.
In at the very least 2 factors alongside the facet of the altering desk topper, connect the mending plate utilizing brief (1/2″) screws.
Then line it up the place you’d like on the dresser or altering desk, and use the opposite screw holes to connect to the furnishings.
For non-compulsory additional safety, you should use non-skid shelf liner or heavy obligation adhesive velcro to carry the altering pad in place.
Connect furnishings to the wall with furnishings straps.
Once more — NEVER go away a child unattended on a altering desk!
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