Secondary Storage P1000418

Published on June 2nd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


malm room divider

william does a great job with 2 malm chests as room dividers and storage space. am loving the back design.


“i wanted something wider that could also be used to separate living spaces. i screwed two malm 3-drawer chests together side by side, added some support so i could add elevator legs and make the chests appear to ‘float’ a bit off the floor. to tie it together visually i got a 1/2″ piece of tempered glass that was painted white for the top.

P1000422the malm does not have an attractive back so i added a solid panel to it. i started with an organic design i made in adobe illustrator, and then had the design routed out of 3/4″ mdf with a cnc router. after having it finished with a high gloss paint, it was simply attached on the inside of the 2 connected malm chests.”

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8 Responses to malm room divider

  1. William says:

    I screwed the 2 MALMs together with wood screws and also screwed a few pieces of 2×2′s to the inside underneath the bottom drawers so that I could mount the leg elevators into wood rather than into particle board. The leg elevators can be found in any hardware store in the pull out drawers under furniture hardware. As far as the routing goes, the modular arts (link above) mdf panels are an excellent choice unless cost is a factor for you – they run at least $400 a panel. You can probably have your local Rapid Prototyping shop or mill shop route it out with a CNC machine for under $200 – plus you can design it yourself!

  2. Jordane says:

    Great hack! Can you tell us what kind of “leg elevators” you used to get that floating look? Also, how did you secure the 2 Malm together? Thanks!

  3. Baly says:

    Gorgeous routing!

  4. Anonymous says:

    How much did this hack cost? Looks like a million bucks. Well done!

  5. Anonymous says:

    There is a great product that maybe you could get a small piece cut for the back.

    Great ideas under the design section.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love the back panel on this, it would also look great on a tall room divider. Well done.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m really loving this hack, especially that amazing back panel.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love the back! Where can someone get MDF work done like that?

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