Nursery Changing Pad Tray

5 Materials
1 Hour

I don't know about you, but I think changing tables for nurseries are kind of ugly? and obviously not practical for one who doesn't need their diaper changed. I really wanted to keep the dresser in our nursery and use it as a change table too. The changing pads are a bit slippery on the bottom and the tray/boxes online are really expensive! So if you're in the same boat as me... here's an easy change pad tray tutorial!

Supplies & Tools

Supplies for this project:

  • 1"x4"x8' lumber
  • Small piece of plywood
  • 2 brackets
  • Wood screws
  • Paint or stain

Tools for this project:

  • Mitre saw or skills saw
  • Jig saw
  • Power drill
Measure & cut

This is a rough idea of the shape for the end pieces of wood on the tray. I took the changing pad into the garage with me to use as a template.

The side pieces (1x4's) were each 32" long.

Cut & sand

Cut and sand your pieces until they are nice and smooth on the edges.


I was really nervous these pieces of plywood would split, so I first drilled holes before putting in the screws.

Paint or stain to finish

This is the tray assembled before I spray painted it.

Attach brackets

Attach 2 brackets to the back side of the tray. These will go just behind the dresser and keep the tray from sliding forward.


This "antique white" spray paint ended up looking a little yellow, but that just keeps it gender neutral, right?! Most dressers will end up being a bit more shallow than a change table, so the tray goes over the edge by maybe 1/2 an inch, but still works great!

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Suggested materials:

  • 1"x4" lumber   (Home Depot)
  • Plywood   (Home Depot)
  • Brackets   (Home Depot)
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