Furniture, Tips & Trends

The Changing Table

One of the most important places in the nursery happens to be more of a “work” station, better known as the changing station. Over the years, I have had plenty of mothering moments to re-evaluate what that changing table “work” place should be all about. It has to be functional yes…but it also has to be so much more. I learned long ago that the many, many times a mother spends changing diapers and clothes are actually magical moments for bonding with little ones. Why not make it fun?

We all know that pattern for small babies can be stimulating. Why not take a twist on the mobile and add a wall decal border right above the changing table. Another quick tip: the changing table can come in many different forms. Gone are the rules that the traditional changer is a must. I have helped many design clients find ways to incorporate dressers, one-of-a-kind chests and other ideas into fabulous changing stations.

Changing Tableimage from Room for Children

I find that if you start with a dresser, it works out better as your baby grows. A changing “dresser” is actually more practical later. Many manufacturers are now offering just the tray portion to add to a dresser. Later the tray can be removed, and you are ready for the toddler room.

Changing Tableimage from Annette Tatum Collections

Color and pattern or a central focal point is still always nice in this area. You spend so much time here day in and day out. It is a place where you can take the “work” out of changing diapers.

Changing Tableimage from Annette Tatum Collections

Changing Tableimage from Feathering the Nest

Use a special something to make your changing station fun. Change up your changing table with out-of-the-box ideas.

Changing Tableimage from Feathering the Nest

Enjoy the special moments you spend here. They pass by so fast, and making the moments count is what it is all about.

Changing Tableimage from Annette Tatum Collections, Photo by Karyn R. Millet


  1. 1

    I really love your side, but get always confused about American-style changing tables. Being French-German I’m used to much higher back-friendly changing tables. There are not as cute, but if I’m about to be changing app. 4000 nappies within the next few years, I want to be able to stand straight. Why are American changing tables so low – or do you sit down while changing the baby?

  2. 2

    You mean French/German changing tables are higher than the average American changing table?

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    That’s another great thing about using a dresser! You can pick a dresser that’s the right height to change your baby comfortably.

  5. 5

    I have seen so many beautiful and unique changing tables here in PN that it’s pretty hard to keep track of them.

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    Changing tables are essential but you can be really flexible with this. You can repurpose old tables and dressers. I know a lot of moms who found their changing tables as pre-loved dressers on Etsy and flea markets!

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    Like mine! I got an old dresser from Craigslist and I just repainted. And it looks as good as new!

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