Alternatives to Traditional Changing Tables

Alternatives to Traditional Changing Tables

Carrie McBride
May 9, 2013

Over and over, when asked what baby item to skip, readers have urged parents-to-be to forgo a traditional changing table. Typically they're not very attractive and their utility is relatively short-lived compared to more versatile furnishings. This advice is especially true in small nurseries. 

Instead, opt for a dresser, bureau, or desk at a suitable height and width and commandeer the surface for a few years. When your baby is out of diapers, you still have a functional piece of furniture.

Here is a selection of twenty rooms without traditional changing tables to give you an idea of other options. In fact, looking through our archives it was hard to find more than a handful of rooms with "official" changing tables. 

It was also interesting to see where and how parents stored diapering supplies. Many are absent from the photos; either removed temporarily when the photos were taken or, presumably, hidden away in the drawers of these pieces. Other parents hung a shelf above the changing area to hold supplies. 


A Neutral Nursery with a Pop of Orange
Zadie's A to Z Abode
Sammy's Happy Hodgepodge Haven
Liyam's Nursery Nook in the Dining Room
Harriet's Pleasing Purple Nursery


Silas' Poised for Adventure Room
Kenley's Brave Green Room
My Room: Amelia
Emerson Kate's Soft, Vintage-Feel Nursery
Madelyn's Vintage Meets Modern Nursery


My Room: Baby Boots
Sayer's Sparingly Bold Nostalgia
My Room: Abe
Baby Roo's Colorful & Cozy City Digs
Lucy Moves In With Violet


Charlie's Eclectic Mix
Lupe's Forward Thinking Nursery
Iris' Warm Whimsical Space
Molly's Vintage Room with Pops of Red
Tenley's Dreamy Lilac Nursery

(Images: as linked in original posts)

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