I always suggest to friends who are setting up a nursery that they not buy a changing table and use another surface as an alternative. Yet, amazingly, they don't always take my advice! Or sometimes they are gifted one or they unwittingly accept one from other parents who are ready to cast them off. So they use the changer for a few years and...then what? They can pass them along or find a way to repurpose them around the house. Here are ten examples of changing tables that have gone on to live long, happy, meaningful lives after the diaper days were done.
Above, the SNIGLAR changing table transformed into a kitchen trolley on wheels by Magritta.
Mimi of Desire to Inspire and Jeff bought this SNIGLAR changing table specifically to hack. They cut it in half and this piece became a cat perch. What did they use the other half for?...
...to display a pottery collection!
Manic Maker disassembled his SNIGLAR changing table, made some cuts and reconfigured it into what he terms a "toddler coffee table."
Kristen of Navy Darling created a bar cart from a SNIGLAR changing table. She painted it and used Mod Podge to affix decorative paper to the surfaces.
Here, an old changing table becomes a bedside table with space for a dog crate, as seen on IKEA Hackers.
Delectably Domestic turned a changing table into a desk with shelves.
Beckie of Infarrantly Creative found a changing table on the roadside and turned it into a wall-mounted shelf to hold her stash of rolled vinyl.
For about $100 these folks, featured on IKEA Hackers, created counterspace in their kitchen using two SNIGLAR changing tables, three chopping boards and hinges.
Finally, one of the simplest ways to repurpose, as seen in IKEA Live Magazine, is to keep it in your child's room and use it to hold and display toys.