Published on February 25th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Malm Closet drawers

Materials: Ikea Malm 3 drawer Chest White

Description: My new home had a closet 36″ wide with nothing in it. I needed shelves and drawers so the 32″ wide Ikea Malm chest of drawers was the perfect thing to start with. I found one on Craigslist that was stained, beat up, and cheap…

I had to disassemble and reassemble the dresser into my closet. I braced it to the wall. I put one 2×4 behind it, and used scraps of 2×4 cut into precise sizes to brace it into the wall with screws.

I bought MDF board (which I later primed and painted) to cover the top. This was the base of my closet.

I used crown molding to hide the braces, and give it a built-in feel.

I put up the rest of the MDF boards in my closet, and used some simple molding. I nailed it into place with my nail gun.

Finally, I caulked the molding and put hardware on the Malm to finish the high-end look of my closet.

~ Matt W, Dallas, TX

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

7 Responses to Ikea Malm Closet drawers

  1. David says:

    Since the shelves are mounted on batons, they do not need the shelf brackets. I would skip the chunky beading and use a small amount of filler to seal the edges then paint the whole thing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very nicely done.

  3. Anonymous says:

    way to go on finding the malm on craigslist, repurposing it and saving it from the landfill…looks fantastic too…well done!

  4. Jerry says:

    Very good job! This looks like the more expensive closet drawer units you see that go for so much $$$$.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well done, love the built in look!

  6. cinnarose says:

    I seriously love Ikea Hackers. This is especially great, since it looks so professional, well done!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Great job!

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