Children Gorm+Changing+Table

Published on September 26th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Changing table today, shelving unit tomorrow

This is a good one. It’s space saving, looks great (love the stripes and dots) and can be repurposed when baby grows up.

Ariel shares, “Here’s something not quite to purpose I did with the Gorm shelving system. We have very little space for a baby, and all the changing tables I saw seemed both huge and low on actual storage space. So I built this instead–the deeper Gorm shelf is just the right size for the standard foam changing pad. I used Vacker storage bins for drawers, and the Gorm apple crate for storage of bigger items – big packages of diapers and nursing pillows.

I also added wooden dowels from the hardware store to provide quilt storage on the tower, and so I could hang a laundry bag (Vacker, again) and a basket to hold diapers (Bygel kitchen organizer) off the end. To maximize space without sacrificing stability, I notched out the bottom shelf of the tower by removing a couple of boards so it fits around the diaper bin. (There is still enough shelf space behind the bin to hold an industrial-sized box of baby wipes and more). The most time-consuming part of the project was making padded bumpers to protect against sharp bolt edges and splinters, but even that wasn’t especially difficult.

It’s totally functional, stores a ton, and when the kid outgrows a changing table in a year or two, we will have a perfectly usable shelving unit instead of a useless bulky changing table to get rid of. I’m planning on putting a cabinet top on the lower surface and using it either as additional counter space and storage in the kitchen, or as a sewing table.

There are a few more pictures, of its first stages, here on Flickr.”

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Changing table today, shelving unit tomorrow

  1. Mosaic says:

    well done on arrangement.

  2. neat and clean, good work!!!

  3. this is great, at least you have plans on the coming future on what will the place will be if the kids grow. it is called anticipation. good job.

  4. Good to manage small space !!

  5. nawza07 says:

    is it true??

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  7. Robj98168 says:

    Great Hack! Imagine finding a dual use- today changing table- tomorrow a storage unit.And cool use for the soft-sides. This definitely needs to be on the list for Ikea Hack of the year!

  8. Michele says:

    This is an amazing hack! Well designed and great vision for future use.

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