Although we often advocate using an existing piece of furniture as a changing table (and many of you think they're unnecessary altogether), we've long been curious about Ikea's Antilop changer which is potentially the best of both worlds as it has a dedicated purpose, but little impact in a small room. Knowing it was Small Space month here, Jen offers us her review of the Antilop which she uses in her twin's bedroom. Read more to see what she thinks of it.
Take it away Jen!
Living in Iowa, I do a lot of ordering online of stuff I'm not able to check out first In Real Life, so I'm heavily reliant on user reviews, blog photos, etc. Since I wasn't able to find much info on Ikea's wall-mounted Antilop before purchasing, I thought I'd send a review for your readers who might also be considering this item to help save space.
My twins' nusery was pretty small to begin with when they shared a crib, so once they got a little older and I moved the second crib in, and they started walking, and winter arrived so we suffered cabin fever, the nursery seemed to grow smaller all the time. So I started Project Floor Space to try to create a little bit more room to move around; a big part of this was swapping out their thrifted dresser/changing table for something wall-mounted. Since $750 for this item was a bit out of my price range, that left Ikea's Antilop – not sold on their website, but readily available from the Ikea dealers on eBay. My impressions:
• It's hard to get this from the product image, but in real life it's HUGE, much more so than I expected, so you'll definitely want to keep it stored folded into the wall, which means…
• You have to get used to opening the latch one-handed while holding a wriggling baby needing changing in the other. It takes some practice, but it isn't too hard to manage, at least not with a toddler – that might be a different case with a newborn or infant requiring both arms for support.
• Washing the cover isn't quite as easy as slipping off a fabric changing pad and throwing it in the laundry – the cover here is still machine washable, but it's kind of big and unwieldy, encasing the large foam pad and closing with Velcro. Also it's white, i.e. any stains are extremely visible, so it requires frequent washings.
But these are minor complaints – overall I'm very pleased with the purchase and happy to have the extra floor space to work with. Getting rid of the dresser also forced me to finally organize the closet to make more efficient use of it – see my blog for more info.
The Antilop changing table costs $70 at Ikea and, like Jen says, may also be available on eBay or through Craigslist.
Thanks Jen! (You can find Jen at baby x 2.)
(Photo: Jen @ baby x 2)