Published on May 12th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Malm Chest to changing table

Materials: MALM Chest of 4 drawers white, laminated wood, screws, metal brackets

Description: We needed a changing table and a chest for the room of our babies but there wasn’t enough space, so decided to enlarge the top of a Malm chest and use it as changing table.

We bought some pieces of laminated wood in a bricolage store (they cut it for me).
These are the exact measurements I used:
- 1 table 22Cm x 80Cm (80Cm is the Width of the Malm I used).
- 2 pieces width: 70Cm, height 6Cm, Depth 2Cm that I used for the lateral edges
- 1 piece width: 80Cm, height 6Cm, Depth 2Cm that I used for the bottom edge.

Using some metal brackets (see the pictures for details), parser screw, and the electric screwdriver I fixed the pieces on the rear side of the Malm.

The last details:
- padded decorative cloth on the edges fixed using double-sided tape.
- Disney’s princess decorations on the drawers

I used it as a changing table for about 5 years.
Now I unmounted it because the babies grew up, as all the screw hole are hidden in the rear part of the chest, now we can use it just as a simple chest.

See more of the Malm changing table.

~ Raffaele, Italia

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Malm Chest to changing table

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice one!

    PS It’s an hack cause the one Ikea is selling is meant for Hemnes and not Malm.

  2. Anonymous says:

    No a real hack, as you can buy this directly from IKEA as well.

  3. Persiko says:

    @ AnonymousMay 12, 2012 1:29 PM
    I found them at guarulhos sao paulo airport

  4. Ida says:

    Very clever. I’ll remember this when I become a mom.

  5. Anonymous says:

    We used a birch malm chest for the same purpose.

    I didn´t like(d) the cheap changing tables available in Germany for under 100€ and the expensive ones were often about 300€. Too much for a furniture, I would only use for a few years.

    So we decided to reuse a malm birch chest with 4 drawers.

    Later, with two little kids, we made a second and had one changing station in the kid’s bedroom and the other in our bedroom for the first six month of our second child’s life.

    Now our two birch malm drawlers are in our office since 2 1/2 or 3 years.

    Funny to see, that someone had the same idea. :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where did you find Monica and friends in Europe? Just love them, grew up with them.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love it!! & it is high – so convenient for moms to not break their backs when changing diapers on low uncomfortable tables!!

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