Published on January 25th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Robust changing table

Bekvam changing table

BEKVAM kitchen trolley, wood boards

We needed a small changing table for our newborn. Since both of us are students with limited income, we decided IKEA was the place to find a suitable changing table. The only one small enough to fit in our bathroom was SNIGLAR, but I thought it looked weak and rickety. Another piece of furniture caught my eye – the BEKVAM kitchen trolley. It’s really robust!

Bekvam changing table

We bought some wooden boards to build up the sides of the trolley in order to keep the changing mat in place. These were screwed on to the sides of the table top. Standard size for changing mats in Sweden are 67×50 cm (26.4×19.7 inches) which makes the perfect width for BEKVAM, but slightly too long.

Next time we have a baby we will definitely keep our changing table but paint it white.

~ popcorn, Sweden

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12 Responses to Robust changing table

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s really easy to find a new use for them once they are no longer needed at the changing table.

    We have one of them hanging on our sons bed, where it holds the baby monitor and his pacifiers.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey… has anyone mentioned yet that the baby is not held to the changing table with heavy industrial straps? Despite being unable to hold its own head up, it could somehow roll over the raised edge and fall into a bucket of knives! I am shocked at such irresponsibility.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you not read anything the people above posted. Please, please, please stop your tongue from wagging or in this case your fingers from typing. Here is your two cents back. PLEASE KEEP THEM!

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m sure anonymous #1 meant to be sarcastic ;-) calm down people.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Really people, lay off the baby safety stuff.. I’m sure most of you grew up riding in cars without car seats. Check it out you’re alive!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Clever idea! I’m thinking that it might be possible to open the end of the pad and cut down the foam and restitch the covering to make it fit your table. I don’t recognize the white bins to the left – are they something only available in Sweden?

    • Anonymous says:

      The bins are called Lättsam I think. They come in a set and are great for all the stuff needed on and around the changing table.

    • badrescher says:

      We live in California and have used them since our now teen boys were little. They don’t last forever (but they are inexpensive), but they attach easily to the side of the boys’ loft beds to hold books, tissues, alarm clocks, etc.

  5. Betsy says:

    This is great! I’m bookmarking this idea for the future. :)

  6. Maria says:

    @ badrescher: Good post! @ Beate, last thing that new parents need is someone lecturing them and making them more insecure! Believe me, they have heard 1000 times – Don’t leave your baby unattended!

  7. badrescher says:

    I don’t care how fast that baby moves, she/he is going nowhere with a wall on one side and bins on the other. I’m sure these a great parents who don’t need to be lectured about infant safety.

  8. Beate says:

    Please. PLEASE. Next time you have a baby never ever step beside without having one hand on the body of the baby. Even newborn can make strong and quick moves and fall off the table. It just takes miliseconds….

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