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Published on June 20th, 2014 | by aidalt


Hackers Help: How can I open MALM Dressing table’s drawer completely?


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I have had my MALM Dressing table for years to store my makeup, but the drawer doesn’t open completely what is very useless because I can’t reach things at the background if I have dividers, so I just have an empty space.

Does anyone know how to fix this?


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7 Responses to Hackers Help: How can I open MALM Dressing table’s drawer completely?

  1. Laura Adams says:

    Crud! I spent $80 apiece on two of these things, and to make them fully functional, I need to spend $150+ more for 10 sets of drawer glides? Why can’t ikea wise up and make them usable? Should have built them myself!

  2. Christine says:

    This has always annoyed me about mine as well. This past weekend, I took the drawer out and moved the sliders forward and down (for more height in the drawers). Although, it still doesn’t fully extend, it did make a difference, enough that I can easily see what’s at the back. I pre-drilled the new holes and re-installed. Easiest and cheapest solution.

  3. Matt says:

    Buy the INREAD full-extend drawer and then start hacking from there. Also I’d use a pair of wall mounts to secure the sides of the table to the wall to prevent it from tipping over.

  4. Jenny says:

    As others have mentioned, it’s made this way for two reasons:
    1) So the weight of the extended drawer doesn’t tip over the table.
    2) So you don’t lean on the extended drawer and rip it off.

    If you do put fully extendable drawer slides on, you can fix #1 by securing the table to the wall. I like to use the mounts sold with Billy bookcases, they work well and if you install them just right, you can leave space between the object and the wall for cords.

    For #2, just be extra cautious not to lean on it. The Malm isn’t made of solid wood, so it’s extra vulnerable to having the drawer ripped off.

  5. Ostracon says:

    While I don’t have one of these, luckily it is still available so I looked at the assembly manual to see what the slide mechanisms look like. They are a simple two-section slide. You may have to replace them with kitchen cabinet drawer slides from a hardware store. Slides come in different lengths and configurations. To get the most extension, you will probably need a set that is telescoping (has a middle section that also extends, like this: http://ace.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pACE3-17140917enh-z7.jpg). If this were my table, I’d remove the slide mechanism and take it to a hardware store to match length AND width (so that the new slides will fit between the table and the drawer). Good luck.

  6. Tina says:

    I’ve wondered the same thing about mine. I first accused my husband of assembling it incorrectly… Then I decided it was maybe a design decision based on a fear of it tipping over. One. Of these days I’m going to flip it over and try moving the hardware forward a bit.

  7. Yuji says:

    I would switch the drawer slides with fully extending slides. They come in a variety of styles, lengths and prices. I wish all drawers were fully extending and soft closing. I sort of remember doing this before on a different drawer and it should be as easy as removing the old and screwing in the new slides.
    I have a Malm Desk set and a few slides kicking around so i’ll try and work on this project.

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