How to Convert a Dresser to a Changing Table

A changing table allows you to change your baby's diaper without having to bend over at an uncomfortable angle. Most changing tables include shelves to hold diapers, wipes, powder and other supplies you need. But once your baby outgrows diapers, you're left with a piece of furniture you can't really use. If you convert a dresser to a changing table, when your baby gets older, you can use the dresser in his room to hold clothes.

Measure the height and the top of your dresser. You should choose a dresser that stands 36 to 43 inches high, the height of most changing tables, according to Consumer Reports. This height will allow you to stand comfortably with your baby within easy reach. The top of the dresser needs to be large enough to accommodate a changing pad without any of the pad hanging over the edge.

Buy a vinyl-coated changing pad. These are sold to fit the tops of changing tables and may come with or without removable covers. Choose a pad that fits completely on top of your dresser. Select a pad that includes a restraint strap to hold your baby in safely. Look for a contoured pad that will cradle your baby so he won't slide off.

Affix the pad to the top of the dresser. Some pads come with a strap that attaches to the back of the dresser, out of sight, or a sticky bottom. If yours does not, you can cut a piece of non-skid shelf liner or rug backing to size and lay it under the changing pad. This will prevent the pad from sliding around on the dresser top.

Attach the dresser to the wall with a metal L-bracket and screws. This will prevent the dresser from being pulled over by a clinging toddler as your child gets older. Screw one leg of the bracket to the wall, then attach the other leg to the dresser. Use screws designed for use in drywall.

Store diapers and diapering supplies in the dresser drawers, within easy reach. This keeps the supplies close but out of sight. You can use the other drawers for clothing, blankets and other baby accessories.


Paint the dresser to match the baby crib and the furnishings will look like a set.


Never leave your baby unattended on the changing table/dresser.