Published on November 13th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Baby changing table grows into light table.

Boris recycles his daughter’s old changing table into a lightbox. Love how it closes in a compact little thing.

“I made the Sniglar baby changing table into a light box. My wife, for a few years now, likes to practice sewing for our daughters. She buy a lot of books containing patterns she has to reproduce on white paper which she then uses to cut the fabric. It’s not easy to reproduce those patterns onto the paper.

As our youngest daughter is now two and a half years old, we do not need any more our Sniglar changing table, and I decided to transform it into a light table for my wife. I first thought to keep the table structure as it, but finally, I prefered to use the two level of the table to make one foldable table. I first fixed together the two vat with a long piano hinge. Then I stuck aluminium foil into the vats to reflect the light and I fixed four neon tubes into it. A few meters of cable later, I then closed the vats with two white and opaque plexiglass panels and that’s it.”

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11 Responses to Baby changing table grows into light table.

  1. Karen Herrera says:

    I’m a few year late to the party but I LOVED this idea! I’m thinking about making one for my kids so they can play on it. Do you have any more in depth examples on how you made this? Thank you so much.

  2. DIYHomeDecor says:

    Wow, that is a serious transformation. Love how it folds up.

  3. Karen says:

    This has to be one of the best hacks I’ve seen. Lightboxes can cost a pretty penny. Well done!

  4. daniel says:

    Any example shots?

  5. Anonymous says:

    brilliant… no pun intended

  6. Wow, that is a serious transformation. Love how it folds up.

  7. jang83 says:

    Very creative idea you have…and nice transformation…(“,)

  8. Wolverine says:

    Hello everybody,
    Thx for for your compliments.
    Of course I thought about LED lightning, but the price of the hack would have been much higher.
    Indeed, I mean that here in europe a Neon tube is not so much expensive compared to Leds. And I do not have enough knowledge to built my own lightning. But this could be a good improvement of the concept.

  9. Jim-of-oz says:

    Nice idea. I should do something like that for my wife… uh, you cleaned it first, right?? ;-)

  10. nikfalardeau says:

    Love the idea, but it seems that using LEDs would make it wayyyy brighter !

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