project: changing pad tray

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Some of you have requested details on a do-it-yourself changing pad tray, which is a great option if you choose to use a dresser, chest, or other piece of furniture rather than an actual changing table.   My dad is the one who actually made mine, but above are the dimensions and materials needed if you would like to try it on your own.  The great part is that you don’t have to alter the furniture at all, and it can be easily removed when baby room transitions to toddler room!  {Please just be sure to modify dimensions to suit the changing pad you purchase!  There are a few different sizes out there.}

18 Responses to “project: changing pad tray”

  1. Alea says:

    You are so awesome!! i love it.

  2. Lynn says:

    Did you find that you needed to anchor the tray to your dresser? What about putting something on the bottom to protect the dresser?

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi Lynn! I don’t have ours anchored, and it hasn’t been an issue so far, but you can screw the back supports to the back of the dresser if needed. And, yes, I forgot to mention the felt pads! I put small round felt furniture pads on the bottom to prevent the dresser from getting scratched.

    • Lynn says:

      Thanks. This is going straight to the project file. So cool.

  3. Lauren Mack says:

    adorable! Love your blog!

  4. Helen S says:

    Thank you so much! I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate you posting this =)

  5. Kaitlyn says:

    Thanks so much for putting this tutorial up! I had been trying to find a tray just like yours for a couple weeks now. Did you paint your dresser a darker gray?

  6. Hannahkristine says:

    Love this! My husband is making this for the dresser in our nursery! Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas…our little girl is due any day now and your blog has given me sooo much inspiration for her room!

    Check out the ruffle wreath my sister and I created for the nursery:

  7. Samantha says:

    So fabulous, LOVE you blog!!!

  8. Blair says:

    I love this! Could you tell me what size changing pad you have to fit these dimensions? Thanks!

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi Blair!  Thanks so much – I just measured it, and it looks to be about 16″ x 31″.  I bought it at Target, and it was the only one there at the time.  This one looks like it would work:  You can also adjust the dimensions slightly for the pieces if the changing pad you find is a different size.

  9. tiffany Marshall says:

    I know this is like way after the fact but I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of wood was used to make this, please. Thanks :)

  10. Brooke Slater says:

    Its spring song. Behr I believe she said.

  11. Sanchb45 says:

    Im sorry. I just dont understand where the two 3×7 go??. Really wanting to do this project though!!

    • Joni Lay says:

      Hi there! You can attach the smaller pieces to the back so that it anchors the tray to the dresser. That way, you don’t have to worry about it sliding forward, and you can also put two small screws in the back to attach it to the dresser. You definitely don’t have to include them, but I have found it helpful to keep the tray in place! You can’t really see them in the picture, but they are on the back of the tray – I tried to show it in the side view of the drawing. Hope that helps!

  12. Bree says:

    Hi Joni, the link to the craft wood no longer works, how thick should it be? Thanks much!

  13. Sandy says:

    Hi! I think the changing table tray was mint green? Do you know the exact color and paint brand? Love it!

  14. Susie Roth says:

    Could you send me these instructions to my email so I can print them? I would very much appreciate it! I want to include them with a baby shower gift for my son, father-to-be, to make for themselves!

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