Re-purposed Furniture for a New Born
With a new baby on the way and space at a premium, we needed a changing table that could easily fit into a small nursery but also maximize functionality. I decided to re-purpose a two-drawer lateral file that I had been using in my home office.
It occurred to me as I was putting it together that it would be nice to have always have the most commonly used stuff at our fingertips without having to take our eyes off the baby or root around in a drawer. That’s where the “ledge” came in. Because it sits between the changing pad and the wall, it creates another opportunity to maximize the space. I added a dirty laundry hamper (good for keeping dirty clothes out of the dog’s mouth!) and a couple of storage bins for diaper pail bags and cleaning supplies.The idea is simple: attach another “level” to the file that creates a platform for the changing pad and adds a couple of drawers for diapers,wipes, etc.
In our case, we couldn’t use the space left on the left side of the cavity because of the tables position relative to the wall on that side. However, if both sides of your table are accessible, you could definitely create bins on that side too.
Did I mention that 90% of this was done with salvaged construction scraps too? So, not only were we able to re-purpose a useful piece of furniture, but we minimize waste in the process.
We’re three weeks into using it and so far so good! I am happy to pass along more construction details so don’t hesitate to ask.
About the Author: An entrepreneur armed with a degree in architecture, love for the well-designed, a bad case of the DIY crazy and a genuine interest in making the world around us a better place — not to mention years of information technology consulting, sales and marketing experience — Corby continually looks for better ways to do things with an eye on the eco-friendly.
***Please note that, while projects such as this seem safe and simple, it is always important to take precautions and work safely… especially when it comes to children. Only undertake such projects once you are comfortable with the concepts, understand the potential hazards and know that your design will be safe for your baby. Verdantly offers this re-purpose / design article as food for thought only.***