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Hackers Help: Fix broken Spar on MALM Chest?

As you can see in the attached photos, my MALM drawers have developed a broken spar. (I have to presume through transportation when we moved house).

Fix broken Spar on MALM Chest?

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My partner did a bodge fix by putting white tape around it, but it naturally stays in a bent position now. I will be asking if I can get a replacement spar from the workshop next time I’m in IKEA.

Fix broken Spar on MALM Chest?

My question is, is it possible/ is there a method to replace this spar without having to take the majority of the unit to pieces?

We are intending to update the furniture in our bedroom and my step-daughter will be receiving the drawers, I’d like for her to have it complete, rather than with the broken spar as it is now.

Thanks everyone.

~ by Steve Passmoor

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Hi Steve

Yes, with my method, you can attach the new spar onto the dresser without dismantling the whole thing. You’ll just need to remove the drawers. If you do get a new spar from IKEA, just ditch the screw and dowel — secure it with 2 small L-brackets.

I have the same problem with my MALM 4-drawer chest. Here’s a video of how I fixed it.

The steps to repair a broken spar are:

  1. Measure the length and height of the spar.
  2. Cut a piece of scrap wood according to the measurements.
  3. Remove the existing hardware from the MALM dresser.
  4. Attach a bracket on each end of the cut scrap wood.
  5. Screw scrap wood onto the MALM frame.
  6. Done!

Related: Adding this furniture wrap to the MALM changed everything


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