How to Attach a Changing Pad to a Dresser

Young father talking to newborn baby relaxing on changing table
A dresser that's waist to chest level works best for a changing table. (Image: FamVeld/iStock/Getty Images)

Many parents don't have room for both a dresser and a changing table in their baby's nursery. A changing table is a convenient way to change diapers and the top of a dresser converted for this purpose allows you to have storage and a clean surface combined in one piece of furniture.

Velcro

Velcro is an effective way to attach a changing pad to the top of the dresser to prevent slippage while changing a diaper. Use large pieces of sticky Velcro, which are available at sewing supply stores. Separate the pieces and adhere one side to each of the four corners of the dresser top. Stick the other sides to the four corners of the changing pad. Match the two sides up so the Velcro aligns when the pad is on the dresser.

Straps

Many traditional changing tables have straps that secure around your baby during a diaper change to prevent her from falling. Buy a set of these straps, which are typically made out of nylon with buckles at the ends, at a baby supply or home goods store. Screw the end of one into the front of the dresser and the other into the back. Pull the straps up and lay them flat on the top of the dresser. Place the changing pad on top and cross the straps up and over, buckling them in the center of the pad. This keeps the pad in place, both while using it and when not in use.

Non-skid Mats

A non-skid mat is often used to prevent rugs from slipping on hard floors. These are also good options for sticking a changing pad to the top of a dresser. Cut the non-skid mat to fit the dresser and changing pad. Stick the mat to the top of the dresser and stick the changing pad to the top of the non-skid mat. This will keep the changing pad in place during diaper changes, but also prevents it from being knocked or pulled off.

Sticky Changing Pads

Some changing pads are sticky on the bottom, making them good choices for adhering to the top of a dresser. Usually, you'll peel a plastic coating off the bottom, leaving the sticky portion exposed. Firmly press the bottom of the changing pad to the top of the dresser. Over time, this sticky residue can loosen, so be cautious if the changing pad begins to move. It can also damage the top of the dresser.

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