Picture of Hemnes Baby Changing Dresser - IKEA-Hack

In the Netherlands, everything remotely baby-related is priced at least double.

Therefore, I decided I could transform a regular set of IKEA-drawers into a baby changing table by adding a few planks on top.

In the next step you can find an IKEA-style manual for putting it together.

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Step 1: IKEA style manual

Picture of IKEA style manual

As far as IKEA manuals go - they usually come without text. I tried to make mine understandable without text too, so please look at the images or download the PDF.

The sizes are based on a top face of 498mm x 1075mm. If you would like to make the same thing, please measure the top of your drawers, and if necessary adjust accordingly.

The widths of the wood planks are sizes that are readily available in Dutch hardware stores. I cannot say if the same is true for hardware stores elsewhere.

See next steps for some pictures of the actual build.

Step 2: The Build - Step 1: SketchUp design, Sawing, Sanding

Picture of The Build - Step 1: SketchUp design, Sawing, Sanding

I used a regular old jig saw to cut the wood into pieces.

Then, with a little help of my husband, all the pieces were hand-sanded. I would advise to use a motorized sanding apparatus if you have one available. It will save you a lot of time.

Find attached the SketchUp model which I used while designing the thing. In it, you will find three versions:

1. The initial design, which I started out to build.

Halfway into the build, I encountered an error: I had underestimated the total depth I would need to accommodate a changing cushion.

2. The thing I actually built.

The back plank is moved back and down a little, and lengthened with a little extra block of wood.
The bottom of the sides is sawn off to compensate for the loss of height in the back.

3. The improved design, with a wider plank width for the flat elements.

mmaatkamp (author) 2 months ago
Wow ZaPo that's so cool you made it! Makes me really happy! :-)
ZaPo made it!2 months ago

Really good instructable. We just finished our own. A minor thing, for being so thorough you missed the measurements on the last plank. But we managed

mmaatkamp (author) 11 months ago
Thank you both!

High quality presentation.

Beautiful! Love the directions you drew up :D