Nursery Change Table Topper DIY

Since we've posted about our nursery, one of the most asked questions we've had, has been "how did you make the change table topper in your nursery?". We had never done a post on it, as we didn't think it would be such a popular question, but based on your requests, here it is!

When we were designing the nursery, we decided that we wanted to get a dresser for the room rather than an actual change table. We think change tables are great, however based on the design of the room, we decided on getting the Ikea Hemnes 8-Drawer Dresser. We changed out the knobs to personalize it a bit, but otherwise left it as it.

We chose this dresser because it was the perfect height and depth to act as a change table as well as function as a dresser for a nursery (lots of drawers and storage). We could have just put a change pad on top of the dresser and been done with it, but I really liked the look of the topper and felt it gave a more finished look to the room (as well as making the dresser feel more like an actual change table).

So I scoured for change table toppers online. I looked for used ones and couldn't find any. I looked for new ones and couldn't afford any (the cheapest one I found was $100!). So I started to research on how we could do our own. I came across an excellent tutorial from Meg Made and used this as a bit of a guide, however we adjusted it a bit.

So here's how we did it!

DIY'ing your own Nursery Change Table Topper.

1. Purchase a change pad. Before doing anything you want to make sure you have your change pad so you can create your change table topper to fit. Most change pads are a standard size (32 x 16), but you still want to be sure.

2. Design your topper. I wanted a simple design and we determined that we didn't need a base on the topper- just the frame itself. I wanted the frame to be just a bit higher than the actual change pad as well.

3. We went off to Home Depot and purchased 2 pieces of MDF trim that were 84" length and 4" high. The actual change pad was just over 3" high, and I wanted the frame to be just a bit taller than the actual pad, which is why we chose 4". We calculated that we would make each long side 33" long and the short sides 17.5" deep. So when we added that up (33 x 2 and 17.5 x 2) we ended up with 101" plus a bit of extra for waste, so 2 pieces 84" long would work fine.

4. We cut the pieces to size on a 45 degree angle in order to make a nice smooth corner and this allowed the pieces to fit together nicely:

5. After the pieces were cut, we simply nailed them together (using small nails and a hammer, if you have a nail gun, even better), filled the nail holes with wood filler and once dry, sanded and then painted. We opted to paint the topper Simply White by Benjamin Moore, a. because we have a ton of it (all the trim in our home is painted that colour) and b. because it blended well with the colour of the dresser. If you were planning on staining your table topper, you would need to buy actual wood trim, rather than MDF, in order to be able to stain it.

6. Lastly, once it was dry, we added some rubber feet to the bottom of the topper so that it wouldn't slide around on the dresser. Done!

So there you go. Simple, easy and cost us less than $30.00.

I hope this helps all of you who were inquiring on making the topper yourselves, it's really a simple easy project that in the end, can save you a bit of money and looks great!

Melissa and Ian


  1. What are you using for your diaper pail to fit that tight space
    Next to the dresser?

    1. Hi Andrea,
      Its the "Munchkin" Arm and Hammer diaper pail. It just happened to fit PERFECT in the space :)

  2. Can you tell me where you got the shelf?? Thanks!


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