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15 IKEA Malm Dresser Hacks to Revamp Your Bedroom

by on Feb 21, 2024

IKEA’s Malm series has been a long-time favorite, and for good reason. The series features basic bedroom furniture, including dressers, beds, desks, and more, that provide the perfect blank canvas for a good IKEA hack.

Today, we’re sharing inspiration to revamp one piece specifically: the Malm dresser. These hacks include simple upgrades like adding a fresh coat of paint and new drawer pulls all the way to complete overhauls like adding cane webbing to the drawers. We bet you will be able to find a hack that will help you unleash the true potential of your Malm dresser! Join us as we share a myriad of inspiring ideas to overhaul your Malm dresser and breathe new life into your bedroom.

  1. With its simple, clean lines, the timeless Shaker style is still one of the most coveted looks in interior design. You can achieve the look with your Malm dresser by simply adding a bit of white trim to the edges of the dresser drawers.
Photo: Angela Marie Made

  1. Add a scalloped design to instantly transform your Malm dresser into a fun focal point for your bedroom.
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  1. The Malm dresser comes in four colors: black, white, gray, and natural. It is simply begging to be painted! We love the beautiful shade of blue that Amy from Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins used for her Malm hack.
blue and gold malm dresser with clear pulls.
Photo: Coffee Beans & Bobby Pins

  1. Kayla from Its Honey Done lets her creativity shine with this fun and clever hack! She cut round dowels in half, glued them onto the drawer fronts to create a fluted look, and then polished off the look with some stylish gold handles.
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  1. Jodi from House on a Sugar Hill proves that adding pretty legs and drawer handles can completely change the look and feel of a piece of furniture like the Malm dresser.
malm with gold legs and round wood pulls.
Photo: House on a Sugar Hill

  1. Wallpaper is a fun way to add visual interest and texture to the Malm dresser.
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  1. Not in the mood for painting a full dresser? Add black contact paper instead! This Malm dresser was given a complete makeover with black contact paper and drawer pulls to create a custom, modern look.
black and white malm dresser
Photo: Heathered Nest
  1. This is a genius space-saving idea for a kids’ room from @mereendbareethus. She transformed the Malm dresser into a piece of furniture that doubles as a bed, perfect for a smaller bedroom.
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  1. With a stunning wood facade and a pair of wheels, you would never know this worktable started out as a basic Malm dresser.
malm dresser with wood facade.
Photo: Gray House Studio
  1. This pretty Malm dresser received a set of trendy angled legs, a subtle yet effective hack that worked perfectly for this nursery.
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  1. Contact paper is perhaps one of the most simple ways to hack IKEA furniture (seriously, it takes only a matter of minutes!) We love how a roll of gold contact paper took this Malm dresser from super basic to totally vintage.
white and gold malm dresser on a fluffy white rug.
Photo: Preciously Me
  1. This is one unbelievable transformation! Wood panels and vintage knobs turn this Malm dresser into an amazing furniture piece that can be placed in any room in the house.
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  1. If you’re feeling bored with your black Ikea Malm dresser, like Nayla was, adding leather pulls is a super cheap and easy way to update it!
black malm with leather pulls.
Photo: A Styled Life
  1. This is such a cool idea! Jennifer used popsicle sticks she had collected to cover the drawers on her Malm dresser. The herringbone pattern on this dresser makes it feel so unique.
dresser patterned with popsicle sticks.
Photo: Jennifer Biddle Fotografie

  1. This hack from Norse Interiors combined three hacks at once! They added slats on the drawer fronts, painted the drawers, and added new pulls to create a super custom piece.
white malm dresser with paneled front and clear pulls.
Photo: Norse Interiors
  1. This perfectly built-in Ikea Malm hack provides much needed storage for this small space.
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  1. Custom black hardware and shaker trim make this unrecognizable as an Ikea dresser.
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  1. The fluted fronts added to these Ikea Malm pieces make them something unique.
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A post shared by Maria Friström: Real Estate Investing+Interior Design (@marialovesrealestate)

  1. DIY rattan fronts and custom knobs make these malm nightstands the perfect accent pieces in this cozy space.
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  1. Brass handles give this Ikea dresser hack a high-end look.
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