Published on February 9th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Malm dressers, made fancy

Materials: 3 malm dressers, 2x4s, trim, knobs

Description: It’s all in the blog post, step by step.

See more of the Malm dresser built-ins.

~ Shannon

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5 Responses to Malm dressers, made fancy

  1. chicca says:

    nice work! :) I like the color scheme!

  2. I do think the newer Malms are different but you could use plexi glass which is the same thickness and is now readily available at Home Depot.

  3. Actually it’s funny you Mention that. Our son’s Malm dresser did that (bowing drawer bottoms falling out). But the 3 we bought for this project seem to be redesigned? The drawers go together differently–and seem to have been fixed specifically to combat that issue.
    Even still, as far as money spent vs bang for the buck this was totally a winner. We got tons of storage space with a unique look for under $350.

  4. BethanyBoo says:

    I (wood) glued the bottom of my malm drawers in and haven’t had any problems since. Still, I’m sure there’s got to be a sturdier solution than that.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone had success replacing the drawer bottoms with something more sturdy? Maybe some thin plywood or something?

    I would hesitate to make built in Malms considering the fact that while the unit itself is quite sturdy, every one that I have seen has had the back part of the drawers bow out and let the drawer bottom fall open. Only really happens with overloaded drawers but I’d rather have a solid bottom and eliminate the problem altogether.

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