Types of Baby Changing Stations (A Guide for Business Owners)
Baby changing stations are convenient, practical, and considered a must-have in modern day businesses. Not only are these devices helpful for parents, but they also provide a designated area for diaper changing. Without a baby changing station, parents may be forced to change diapers on the sink counter or a piece of furniture in your bathroom. That becomes a sanitary issue and a headache all its own.
In this guide, we will go over some common types of baby changing stations so you can select the best one for your bathroom.
Horizontal and Vertical Baby Changing Stations
The two most common categories of baby changing platforms are horizontal and vertical wall-mounted stations. When folded down, the long side of a horizontal station will run next to the wall. With vertical stations, the shorter side will be hinged to the wall and the long side will run perpendicular.
Both options provide ample space or baby changing, so it mostly comes down to how much room you have available with the station fully opened. If there isn’t much room in front of the station, horizontal may be a better option. If the area is not wide enough for a horizontal station, you may choose a vertical one.
Recessed Baby Changing Stations
Recessed baby changing stations are installed inside the wall. The mounted side is recessed so that the changing table is flush with the wall when it’s closed. These stations are a little more difficult to install, but they save room and look better than non-recessed baby changing stations. If you are remodeling your bathroom or building a new one, you can incorporate the changing stations into the design to save some labor in the long run.
Plastic and Stainless Steel Baby Changing Stations
With regards to building materials, most baby changing stations are constructed from plastic or stainless steel. The stainless steel models are more expensive than the plastic models, but they are more durable and easier to clean. The stainless steel models will have plastic in the seating area so the babies do not have to sit on cold metal, but the outside is sleek and metallic. If you want the best looking option, stainless steel is the way to go.
Countertop Changing Stations
Countertop changing stations are some of the most affordable options on the market, but they do not work for all situations. In this case, the changing station is not mounted to the wall at all. It can be set on a countertop or other solid surface in the bathroom for people to use. You could keep the changing station on the counter or have a place for it to be stored when not in use.
The biggest problem with this option is that it takes up countertop space. You may not have a lot of that available in your bathroom. This also limits the privacy parents have when changing diapers. Instead of using a wall-mounted changing station in a stall or a separate area of the bathroom, they have to do it on the countertop where other guests can watch. Most people know to look for wall-mounted changing tables, but they may not see a countertop changing station if it is not directly sitting on the counter. Nevertheless, this is an affordable temporary alternative if you do not have a changing station at this time.
Consider your options carefully, and you can find the perfect baby changing stations for your business.