Published on February 10th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Malm drawers change table nursery upholstery makeover

upholstered Malm drawers

Materials: Fabric upholstered Malm drawers

Description: Before my son was born I prettied up a double width chest of Ikea Malm drawers we bought for his change table.

In hindsight, this probably wasn’t the best project to undertake heavily pregnant as it involved a fair amount of crawling around on the floor, but I’d still rate it a pretty easy DIY.

upholstered Malm drawers
upholstered Malm drawers
upholstered Malm drawers
upholstered Malm drawers

I used a thin piece of quilt batting underneath the fabric to give the front of each drawer a nice squishiness. I laid each drawer, face down on a cut out rectangle of fabric with the batting between them.

Then I got busy with the staple gun. Pulling the cotton tight over the edges of the drawers and folding around the corners.

To finish off the inner edges of each drawer and hide the staples from tiny fingers I used fabric tape.

I gave each drawer a few coats of Scotchguard as I finished it to project it from stains.

And that’s it. We’re four and a half months in to parenthood now and the drawers are holding up well.

I didn’t use any glue in this project as the staple gun held everything tightly enough. I like the idea that down the track when Baby is older I can remove all the fabric and return the drawers to their original state or redecorate them without too much drama.

See more of the upholstered Malm drawers.

~ Lavender, Brisbane, Australia

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10 Responses to Ikea Malm drawers change table nursery upholstery makeover

  1. MrsKimchi says:

    Yeah, can you tell me where you got the changing pad/cover??

  2. Lexy Rae says:

    Looks great! Where did you get the changing pad and cover? Did you attach the changing pad to the dresser top; if so, how?

  3. mark says:

    Which staple gun do you use? I’m planning an upholstery project and need to make sure the staple gun I get is powerful enough to go through faux leather AND penetrate the MALM bedframe!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I really like this room. It’s the perfect intersection of sophistication and whimsy (which you want a little of in a baby / kid room). Will be very easy to use these elements as your son grows up as well.

    Nicely done and congratulations!

  5. Anonymous says:

    KFC1 – same place as everything else on this website. IKEA! :)

  6. KFC1 says:

    Where is the rug from?!?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Really pretty!

  8. way to go! looks fabulous, and what a fun easy trick to make a totally unique piece. i love the gradation of the colors.

    warmest regards, whitley adkins hamlin

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow – a little color goes a long way! Great idea. Congrats on baby.

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