These are a cracking deal! I think Ikea and Primark are those cheap stores you first discover at the start of your teens when you have your own money and want to make your own stamp on things. They definitely offer you the chance to update your space at relatively low cost.
The Malm drawers here are perfect for bedside tables, they're sturdy and sleek. You can store whatever little secrets you like in the two drawers, and still have great space for a phone, alarm clock, glasses,night time drink etc on top.
The only thing I've come to dislike about this arrangement is how much the lack of handles or drawer pulls makes me think of a hotel room. They sometimes come across as clinical. That might just be me though!
The bare wood finish looks genuine, instead of the obvious MDF pieces you see in some stores, and is by far the nicest, but they do cater to different tastes and colour schemes, and with a bit of internet scouring, it's pretty easy to find tutorials so you can paint them yourself too.
Even better when you consider the co-ordinating pieces of bedroom furniture they do.. Why go out and buy a whole new suite when you can paint over what you've got? The versatility is amazing.
I wouldn't recommend this range for the elderly - my mother is arthritic and struggles with opening these drawers, but I definitely think it's perfect for transitioning tweens to teens, and the price is great for those first starting out on their own, or in rented accommodation/uni halls. Better yet, they will see you through to your next move too!
I bought 2 sets of these for £25 each in ikea and they're a great buy.
They're available in a ridiculous amount of colours (however some colour variations are more/less expensive) which is an automatic bonus because it means that you can more than likely find a colour that will go in any room of your house without having to change all of your furniture to match.
The packaging will easily fit in the boot of most cars and isn't too heavy so if you really wished you could get it on a bus/train easily enough.
They drawers and structure are made of sort of a coated mdf type materiel but they look nice and simple, tidy but don't look particularly cheap.
Like all ikea furniture, they come flat packed and are super easy to assemble; they mainly use wooden dowels for the structure so there isn't really any visible screws on the outside which obviously benefits it aesthetically. The only screws you really have to put in are on the runners.
Again, like most ikea furniture, the instructions could be more clear but because the assembly is minimal you get through them fairly easily.
The drawers themselves are quite big and can hold a fair bit of weight, I've used mine to store books etc in so they will hold weight but if you put too much weight in them, because the drawer base is only made of thin mdf which just slots into place, they can collapse but overall they are sturdy enough to hold most things.
They also have a decent surface area on top for drinks etc and are sturdy and light enough to be moved around fairly easily without having to take them apart.
I have always thought Ikea furniture looked good quality. I had previously bought flat pack furniture from places like Argos and B+Q as Ikea was too far away from where I was, the nearest one being about 60 miles, and they didn't deliver.
So I reluctantly bought what I knew to be cheap, but probably inferior furniture , and most of it has fallen apart. I vowed never to buy 'rubbish' furniture again after I was given a solid antique small bookcase which is heavy and very well made, it has never once wobbled or had the usual flat pack problems.
Then I moved nearer to an Ikea, ( not to be near Ikea ) which is on the M62 about 10 minutes from my house. My bedroom here is much bigger than my old one so I have room for my massive bed ( which I want to downsize to a single or normal double ) and also room for plenty of other furniture like a bedside table and bookcase.
DESCRIPTION / USAGE
This Ikea Malm chest is the right size for a bedside table or extra storage for your clothes in a spare room. It comes in blue , brown, grey, white and 'other colours' there is a separate glass top you can buy for £6 which I didn't get.
I chose the brown, or as I call it beech colour. It more or less matches my beech wardrobe and pine bed, and beech kitchen. I intend to replace the old flat pack furniture with Ikea or solid furniture from now on.
The size is 40 x 48 cm x 55 cm height.
It feels very sleek and quite solid, not as heavy or solid as hardwood , it is very good quality self assemble furniture. With this you have the option of making a good job of it, compared to other flat pack stuff where it doesn't matter what you do, the back falls off, then the bottom comes out the drawers !
This is available for £35 which is similar to other flat pack furniture, except this will last morte than a couple of years if you assemble it properly.
And I mean it... it really has been a great little bedside table. Anyway, recently I have been giving my room a bit of a "makeover". If you have read my previous paint review you will know I have gone from green to grey (in room colour, that is) and have also bought a new bed (which comes tomorrow!) and have also repainted the desk and wardrobe.
I now have a bit more space thanks to some re-shuffling and thought that the 2-drawer Malm would be perfect on a very recent trip to Ikea. Now, let me start by saying it's not a looker if you know what I mean. It's sleek and understated but hardly something that you'd walk into a room and say "wow". But I don't know any bedside table that is.
Ikea offer the Malm in a choice of colours, there is Birch, Black-brown, Oak and White-stained oak for £35 and a white one for £25. The wood is all veneer (well, it is cheap to buy) and the white is just particleboard or whatever it's made out of these days. Not because I'm a cheapskate but more to do with the fact that it goes with the room, I opted for the £25 White one and did the usual process of going to pick it up downstairs, loading onto the trolley, to the car and back home.
Putting it together was simple enough (and I struggle with the Ikea Kassett boxes at times!) and I'd say it took me about 45 minutes and that includes a bit of faffing and running to get the relevant bits and pieces. The instructions could be clearer as they are just pictures as Ikea sells this in many countries with many different languages.
Once assembled I was really rather pleased (firstly, because I actually managed to build it!) but mostly because it has been such good value for money. I think the wood veneer ones might look a bit better but really you only notice it's particleboard when you tap the top or see it from the inside. The draws run smoothly, glide nicely and don't fly off the end when it reaches the end of the runner. The draws are also much deeper than I originally expected and I've got a few bits and bobs inside like a notepad, deodrants, phone chargers and I am yet to fill the second drawer! That said, I don't suppose they will take much weight but at the end of the day, it is just a beside table and not something you'd put heavy things in anyway. Finally, on top of the table sits my alarm clock and plant with some space left for a glass of water.
Oh, also for those interested - the figures from the Ikea website list the dimensions:-
Width - 40cm
Depth - 48cm
Height - 55cm
To sum up, sure - it's not the best quality in the world, but it feels sturdy and is more spacious than you'd think given the dimensions. And at £25 it really is great value for money.
Having just moved into an unfurnished home I needed a few bits of furniture to go with the bits I already had and like most people my first port of call was Ikea.
One of the things I did need was a bedside table and ideally I wanted one with drawers so I could put things like my phone charger in there. As I already had the four and five drawer units I decided to go for the 2 drawer Malm chest of drawers which is the ideal size for a bedside table at 40 cm wide x 48 cm deep and 55 cm high. I find I can comfortably fit a lamp, a photo frame, a coaster and even a book on top so it works really well for me. The drawers are also surprisingly deep and roomy so I find I can put quite a lot in them. For example the bottom drawer comfortably fits a set of heated rollers, bag of hair bits and a nail UV lamp and kit. The drawers themselves are really smooth running and don't fall out easily which is a bonus. I have the birch finish which also looks really nice and not cheap looking.
Assembling the drawers
This was surprisingly easy (maybe because I had put up a bigger Malm unit, 2 wardrobes, chairs, desks and beds by then!) but it went together in about 30 minutes and I found the whole thing really easy to put together and understand. You will need a hammer and a Phillips screwdriver as well as a flat screwdriver this isn't an Alan key piece. Once together it seems pretty sturdy and does look like it could withstand a few knocks (it's still brand new so I will update on how it wears).
At £35 it's the cheapest table available but it was the only two drawer unit (and I really wanted drawers) and it's perfect for my needs so well worth the spend.
Like nearly everyone I personally know half my house has been furnished by Ikea. I guess it is pretty easy to understand why as Ikea is literally half the price that other shops charge for things like bedroom furniture but in my opinion it is just as good a quality as furniture that is double the price.
Other than my bed all my other furniture in my bedroom is from Ikea. My chest of drawers and my bedside cabinets are from the Malm range. My bedside cabinets are actually just two sets of drawers but they are the perfect size to fit beside my bed on either side and I actually wanted drawers because I need all the storage room that I can get.
The dimensions of the drawers is 40x55cm and I think that they are a really good size for being next to the bed as I can be in bed and put a cup of coffee beside me or a glass of water and easily reach it without having to stretch over. The tops of the drawers are roomy enough for a bedside lamp each and still leave me enough room to be able to put other things down such as cups and glasses and my kindle when I have finished reading for the night.
The two drawers are spacious and I am actually using them to store more clothes in them as they are big enough to be able to fit t-shirts and smaller items of clothing in them such as underwear and socks and even some thin jumpers.
The drawers are really smooth to open and they won't come out if you open them too vigorously as they just stop when they reach a certain point and you need to actually lift the drawers slightly to get them out of the base.
I found that assembling these drawers was simple and even though I am not normally very good at assembling things I found these to be fairly straightforward and the instructions were clean and concise and everything was included for fitting them together.
These drawers come in a variety of different colours but I have brown-black as I have really light walls and I wanted something that would contrast with the walls and really stand out. I think these look very contemporary and the colour of them is really striking against the light colour of my walls. I like the clean lines of them and the fact that there are no handles to take away these lines. Instead there is a recessed area just behind the drawers to be able to pull them out.
I really cannot fault these drawers as they look great and are easy to assemble. They are also really cheap at only £35 each which I think is such a good price as they really look and feel more expensive than that. Flat pack from Ikea gets a bad rep but I think that if it is assembled correctly then it is much sturdier and better quality than you might think and will last for ages.
I have already reviewed my Malm chest of drawers but when buying these I also purchased a Malm bedside table or 2 chest of drawers as it is called. I think for the price the range is really stylish and looks modern and the items are exactly what I was looking for as well as them coming in a good range of colours to suit most colour schemes. I know the Malm range is quite popular at Ikea and probably quite a few people reading this will no doubt have the bedside table but I think what I like the most about it is the fact that once it is built, it is a very sturdy piece of furniture and that is why I like Ikea goods, they are good quality.
So, to begin with the Malm bedside table is a reasonable size, it has two deep drawers and it measures at 40cm wide x 48cm deep and 55cm high so a good size, not too tall and width wise adequate at the same time. The weight of this item is 18kg and it comes in a few different colours, these are: birch veneer (pale wood colour), black-brown ( a dark, deep mahogany), oak veneer ( I have this, a medium coloured wood), white and white stained oak veneer (a lighter wood version of the oak). The colour range is great and it covers a variety of shades, all come with instructions on how to build as well as these all come flat packed.
MALM CHEST OF 2 DRAWERS
To start with on this model, it was building, this being a smaller item, it wasn't really too difficult to build it, the instructions are picture based and it is all quite straightforward. Before building, I checked that I had all of the pieces required as it numbers how many nails, screws etc are included on the instructions sheet. Once this is all checked it is in order of how to build, it tells you how to go about building it which is great, they do close ups on the bits that are a bit more complicated. Every step is numbered so for those who are not so confident at building things, this would be a good one to start on being smaller but once built it is very stable.
Once this is up it looks great, very strongly built and it is a really good size, especially the depth of the drawers which is what I loved most about the larger chest of drawers. It says it can be used as a bedside table, however to me it looks like one but I suppose it could be used in another room as a smaller means of storage. The drawers are the best part as they keep well on the runners and smoothly pull out with no stiffness or jamming which is brilliant, they have a stop on them so they only go out to a certain amount which is what I like about these and they hold a really good amount of stuff in each, making them more spacious than most drawers I've seen.
These are so easy to clean as well and just a quick wipe down with a clock is enough to maintain these and keep them looking good. In my drawers I put quite a lot in them as I use this as a bedside table, I store my laptop, Kindle and folders and books in here, all quite heavy items but these drawers support these items with ease. They do not buckle or look like they are caving in but keep straight on the surface even holding all of this. I have a good amount of folders on top of one another here and I could still put more in them as they are that deep. Even on the top it is nice to have a lamp sat on top and it has quite a bit of room for a few items.
I think in terms of quality and price that the Malm range is a very good purchase, it is a great piece that can slot into most rooms and look good. Ofcourse, it does look best at its best paired with other items in the Malm range but even if you don't, as a stand alone item it still works well. The colours are great and for what I paid, I'm pleased with how sturdy it is and I have had mine a good few months now and it is still standing strong. The white Malm 2 drawer is £10 cheaper than the other models, this seems to be the case in this range, if you have a white room you will save. If you need two drawers storage then this is definitely a good buy.
To buy this you can get all shades apart from white for £35 which is a great price, the white shade is only £25. You can check if your nearest Ikea store has it in stock by looking online.
The official Ikea website is http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/.
As the little brother (or sister, but it looks more masculine to me) of the 4-drawer Malm chest of drawers I earlier reviewed, much of the praise I sent the way of that piece of furniture could also be applied to this. Likewise, the negative points, but there aren't so many of those. One of Ikea's more utilitarian pieces in terms of the meeting-place between form and function, this is a solid, reliable, throroughly trustworthy product that'll last you years, though it probably won't attract too many envious glances.
We picked up our set of drawers from Ikea's reduced section in the warehouse; it had a few scuffs around the back, but was otherwise absolutely fine. As such, we got it fully-formed, but I would assume these come flat-packed. If it's anything like its bigger, heavier-duty sibling though, it'll be a breeze to put together. There aren't too many parts to fit together here, and though there are moving pieces, it wasn't difficult to assemble the aforementioned 4-drawer version.
Price-wise, we paid £27 for the slightly duffed-up model of this, so I suppose it'd be nearer £40 for the shiny new one. In terms of function, there aren't any negatives here - the unit is boxy and sturdy, and is very hard-wearing. The wood used is solid and has survived two years of regular use, included a house move - all without complaint or visible damage. The drawers are spacious and easy to open, with a tilted lip that's easy to get your fingers around and pull out.
The surface is wipe-clean, and there aren't any stains or marks on ours, so this would be a good choice for children's bedrooms, I'd imagine, although some of the corners are a little angular.
Things of beauty aren't really Ikea's raison d'etre, and this product is no exception - however, as a practical, affordable option that'll last you for eons, it's a solid buy.
I recently reviewed the Malm four drawer and so I thought I should also review the two drawer set as these are something else I have experience of. The four drawer set has stood the test of time and has been all round excellent, I can say the same about the two drawer as well. These have been going for around five years and have been very good quality. I have these next to the bed and they come in very handy for storing those bedside necessities.
These come in a flat pack box and you build them up yourselves as is usually the case with Ikea furniture. The drawers are very easy to put together and come with clever little interlocking screws. All the bits and pieces are provided with the drawers and this includes alan keys which you will also need to use. I think it took me less than an hour to build the two drawer set. As well as the cream colour you see in the picture these also come in white, black or brown so you get a nice selection of colours to choose from.
The drawers themselves are very spacious and deep. They run on very smooth little runners that have worked well for a good few years. I have never put anything overly heavy in the drawers but they do seem fairly sturdy and capable of holding reasonable loads. I think the best thing about them is the size of the drawers, you really can fit a lot in these and so they are very handy indeed.
The Malm drawers look nice and stylish and while they are pretty basic overall they do perform the job very well. I paid around £50 for these brand new so it certainly is a good price for a well performing set of drawers. I had a quick look online and I'm not sure that Ikea still sell these but you can pick them up second hand for a very cheap price indeed. This means they are even better value if you can get a good quality set cheap.
As I mentioned these have served me well for around five years now so I have to say they are very durable. There are no real signs of wear and they do look as good as they day I first got them home from Ikea. The runners still run well and everything works just as you would hope it would.
Overall then I would have to say this two drawer Malm set comes highly recommended. They are excellent value, very sturdy, look good and last well. If you are looking for a new set of small drawers to use as a bed side table or just a small set for the bedroom then these are well worth thinking about. I have bought a fair bit of furniture from Ikea over the years and these are up with the best of it. Malm drawers really are very good when it comes to storage.
When we moved into a new house, the layout of the main bedroom meant that for the first time, we actually had space for a bedside table each side of the bed, and we ended up purchasing 2 of these Malm units from our local(ish) Ikea. Having seen them in the store, we were pleased with the style and the size, and we chose them in the brown/black finish to complement the other furniture (also purchased from Ikea) we had chosen for the bedroom. As with most other Ikea items, a range of finishes were available, black brown cost us £35 for each table, the same cost as the birch and oak veneers. A white finish is also available at £25. There are also many other items in the Malm range designed to match with these.
The kits came with instructions that consisted of diagrams, instructing how to put the stuff together. I have to admit that generally I do struggle with flatpack instructions if they involve anything more than hammering in dowels with a shoe or twisting an allen key, and I did find the diagrams here a little confusing, especially the instructions on how to fix the runners. However, I have a foolproof method of assembling furniture when the instructions baffle me - it's called leaving it to the boyfriend whilst I put my feet up! Luckily, he managed to put these up fairly easily - the first one took him perhaps 20 minutes, the second was done in about half the time as he'd had the practice by then.
As you can see from the image above, these drawers have quite a clean simple design. They're very unfussy, without anything so much as a handle to detract from the design. In fact, the drawer front itself is slightly sloped at the top to act as a handle, and the drawers do pull out very smoothly, I have to say. Once assembles, this measures: Width: 40 cm, Depth: 48 cm, Height: 55 cm. It's not terribly big or terribly high, but is just about right for he sides of our bed, allowing us to keep a cup of tea, our glasses, and in my case my ereader within a comfortable easy reach. The drawers are a good size - he uses his for socks/boxers etc, whilst I keep cosmetics in the bottom drawer, and my delicates in the top. The black brown finish, a favourite of ours that we've chosen in our bedroom and our living room, is certainly more of a rich deep chocolate brown than a black, and has a slight wood grain effect. With most of the items of furniture we have, it's resisted all knocks and bangs - these bedside tables, or more specifically his, are showing a little more wear and tear, with one or two small, almost unnoticeable scratches to the veneer. This is perhaps only to be expected with these drawers being opened and closed several times a day!
I also like that these feel very sturdy and balanced. In our old house, we used a very old, very heavy solid wood 2 drawer table (not against the bed) for our assorted undies, and found that if the top drawer were left open, the weight of the drawer itself, even when virtually empty, would cause the whole unit to tip. Not so with this unit - it seems very balanced even with a full top drawer left open!
The only small niggling negative point I have with these is that unlike several of the other items from the range I have purchased, these do have some raw edges where the chipboard is exposed. Whilst I appreciate that most people won't look at the items that closely in my home to see these exposed edges, they're noticeable to me as something of a perfectionist and I do feel they perhaps slightly cheapen the look. This is really only a tiny issue, and the raw edges are something most visitors to my home would never notice.
Overall, I really like these little bedside tables - they are just the right height and size for our room, and it's so nice to have somewhere other than the floor next to the bed to put tea/glasses/books etc. 4 stars - good value, easy to assemble, and a modern contemporary look.
Malm 2 drawer unit
When doing my bedroom i wanted furniture which was reasonably priced and decent enough quality. with an ikea store very close to my house it seemed silly not to try out the furniture so once I had the very large sliding drawer wardobes in place I needed bedside tables.
This small unit fitted the bill exactly.
It is available from Ikea stores and also online although I find that Ikea delivery costs are quite expensive.
The style is available in a number of finishes including birch white and the one I bought, black brown. It does actually look more black than brown and the only real evidence of the brown is in the grain where small bits of very dark brown show through. I bought the two drawer units although there are a number of other styles available including 3 drawers, 6 drawers and a head board. For anyone wanting a coordinated bedroom this could well suit their purposes.
I love the Ikea instruction manuals with the happy and sad figures showing how to do and not to do things! As expected this was fairly easy to understand and because of the style and basic shape of the drawers once I had the various screws (all included) in place it took less than an hour to assemble. The only extras needed are a couple of screw drivers, so it's really not a complex business.
When fully assembled, the measurements are: Width: 40 cm, Depth: 48 cm, Height: 55 cm. it's not especially high but ideal for the side of the bed with a lamp on.
The two drawers are quite modern in design and the style makes them look sleek. They have no handles which did take me some getting used to but rather they open via a small ridge which when pulled easily slides the drawers out. They open and close really smoothly and when properly assembled don't pull right out with over enthusiastic pulling. Although there are only two drawers I find that with two units I have plenty of space for bits and pieces because they are very deep. I actually have more space than I have had previously with narrower three and four drawer small units.
The unit cost £35 and considering the cost of some drawers out there they are great value for money.
These drawers suit my purposes perfectly. They were easy enough to get flat packed into the car, simple to assemble, and look good. The sliding mechanism is smooth and I have plenty of storage space.
The flat pack also comes with fixtures to attach the unit to the wall but I didn't think it was necessary since the are not very high, although they are a nice sturdy and quite heavy unit.
To clean, I simply wipe down with a damp cloth although I do find that because of the colour they do show the dust a bit, but thankfully its not an arduous cleaning task.
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When my now husband and I moved into our new apartment we purchased the Ikea Malm Chest of four drawers for our bedroom storage needs along with the matching wardrobe, and of course, we ended up going for the Ikea Malm Chest of two drawers in Beech to match those. We paid £35 each for them, so £70 for the pair, and as most people would use them, we use them as bedside tables. You can get them in a variety of colours - white, black, oak, beech and a dark mahogany and the white is £10 cheaper at £25.
They were well stocked in IKEA and we took our Ikea Malm Chest of two drawers home the same day using our own van, though these are actually small enough to get into any car which has either a large boot or alternatively has flip down back seats. You can also get IKEA to deliver within a set radius for a price, however it would add too much to the cost of these bedside tables, it's far more economical delivery wise to get them delivered with other items as you need them.
So, my husband managed to put both of these tables together in an hour, he is quite handy, but I don't think it would take anyone longer than 90 minutes as they aren't huge, all the parts are supplied (barring a few basic tools) and the instructions which are mostly pictorial are easy to follow.
The Ikea Malm Chest of two drawers look quite neat when completed and the two deep drawers hold plenty of bedside essentials - books, glasses, pills, it fits plenty in there, in fact I use the bottom drawer for my hair dryer and straightener so if you're limited for space these are great in terms of extra storage. When I first had my daughter I kept baby essentials in there as her moses basket was next to my bed and therefore next to the bedside table too - so wipes, nappies, a spare bib, that sort of thing - it made it much easier when I wasn't having to get up and go to the nursery in the middle of the night.
So for practicality and looks they're pretty good - and I can vouch for their longevity too - I've since moved apartment twice and now moved into a mortgaged home with my husband and daughter and whilst the Malm four drawer chest of drawers didn't quite last and went to the skip last year, we're actually still using the Ikea Malm Chest of two drawers, though time is limited for them as my new bedroom is all in white and pale duck egg, and they no longer match. Over the years they have gotten a little tatty (entirely our fault - splashes of paint, chips to the laminate etc), so they will be replaced soon but for the money and for how long they've lasted us (6 years!) they were an amazing bargain and they were well worth the money. You really can't complain! I have since started to buy solid oak furniture to match my house, obviously it will last longer, but it's four times the price, too - for the looks and longevity not to mention the price of the Ikea Malm Chest of two drawers it's a great buy for anyone setting up home, for rentals, for children's rooms and for students or anyone on a budget. It's not the cheapest of the cheap but as a nice looking reasonably priced bedside table with tons of storage you can't go wrong.
I bought two of these drawers to put clothes and random household items in. So far they have proven themselves useful and have not managed to fall to pieces like some of my other IKEA furniture. The packaging is at least somewhat sensible with a thick cardboard box, some of those massive staples in it, lots of plastic bags to wrap the pieces in such as screws and those little bolt like things, and then you get yet more cardboard to top it all off.
To build it takes around 15 minutes (well for me it did anyway, and that was with the wife telling me exactly where everything should go before i could even make sense of the manual) since i didn't have any tools it is usually handy that Ikea give you some keys and what not to build these things. The manual is helpful but if you can't work out diagrams it will not be of much help to you. There are always helplines and live chats with "anna" if you can't figure things out for yourself.
The drawers once set up, do provide sufficient storage space for several pairs of socks, underwear, folded shirts and a couple pairs of jeans... although your size of clothing may differ, this is an approximation, with me being average size, i wont be giving you my measurements haha.
They are built quite well but do scratch easily on top. They are sturdy and yes, they have stayed together and do not creek, or break under an immense weight but sliding things like ornaments across the top will do permanent damage, and i'm not talking light scratches. It is also quite prone to dents so watch out if you smack things onto surfaces, this will also damage it quite badly.
The laminated wood is very smooth though, running my fingers along the top feels quite soft and sleek, i know these are Pius words but i can't think of anything else. Imagine running your fingers along a polished car's paintwork, similar to that only with wood. The drawers have not jammed at all since i've had them and the little roller wheels are not shaking themselves out of position. They have also not worn down despite the use they get.
Overall these are good value for money and you get what you pay for. Not great but they will last a while if you look after them, and they are cheap enough to replace if you don't.
In the house we are currently renting there is an Ikea Malm chest of two drawers. It is actually exactly the same as a set of drawers we used to own before we sold a load of unwanted furniture last year. My husband had bought it years ago as, in his words, they were the cheapest drawers he could find.
- The Malm Chest of Two Drawers -
Malm is one of Ikea's ranges of furniture. I would describe the range in general as simple, modern, functional and basic. They have sets of drawers in various sizes, bed side tables, beds, desks, storage units and dressing tables. The two drawer chest measures approximately 54cm in height, 40cm width and 48cm depth. It is made from fibreboard covered in a wood effect veneer. It has two drawers which slide open easily despite not having handles and are quite roomy in size. It comes in a range of colours black-brown, white, oak veneer, white stained oak veneer, lilac, grey-turquoise and the birch veneer like the one we used to own and the one in our house at the moment. To me they are functional and serve their purpose as a cheap storage solution but I think they are quite unattractive, cheap looking and best suited to student accommodation.
- Uses -
With the one we used to own it worked well as a bedside table. We used the drawers for clothes and had a clock radio and lamp on top of it. There is nothing I could really complain about, I just didn't really like it much. My husband had bought it before we were together when he rented out his flat and it served this purpose well. When we moved out of the flat we were living in at the time I persuaded my husband to sell a lot of the furniture he had bought before we were together and this was one of the items that had to go.
When we started renting our current house it came furnished and included these drawers. At the moment they are in our bedroom with a small television on them and clothes in the drawers.
I think these drawers could be used in most rooms really. They would work well in an office where perhaps the cheap appearance wouldn't matter so much. They are also ideal if you are furnishing a property and then renting it out as they look ok, provide useful storage but you aren't going to be too bothered if they get damaged.
- Assembly and Quality -
My husband says they were reasonable easy to assemble, as good as you can expect with flat packed furniture. Although I think they look cheap and from that point of view the quality isn't great, they are really solid and sturdy. I think they would last for years.
- Price and Availability -
This set of drawers is currently priced at £35 in Ikea, or £25 for the white version. Either you can collect it in person if you have an Ikea locally or you can have it delivered, but at a cost dependent on how far away you are. We live around ten miles away from an Ikea at it would cost £10 to have this item delivered. You can also pay to have someone come and assemble it for you! I think £35 is a good price for these and I don't think it would be possible to buy a set of drawers much cheaper.
- Would I Recommend? -
Personally I don't like the cheap appearance of these drawers. I don't think anyone would look at them and think "oh these look lovely". However, they are functional, provide useful storage, are sturdy and are very cheap.
I am a big fan of Ikea furniture and the Malm range in particular represents great value for bedroom items, we have a number of pieces including two of these bedside tables and a chest of drawers. These besdside tables are simple and stylish and have two fairly deep and useful drawers on very smooth runners.
These drawers cost £35 per set and they come in a range of five colours, these being birch (as pictured above and the colour we chose), oak, white stained oak, black brown and plain white. These colours match the chest of drawers which are also available so that you can keep the room to the same colour scheme.
The drawers have a stop pull out function so it is virtually impossible to pull them out too far, this is a great function, especially in a product within this price range. The drawers are very sturdy when built and the perfect size and shape to sit next to the bed, the space on top is a real boon if you have bedside lights and the like.
These are fairly simple to put together and they come with a full set of instructions which show you that you need a couple of different screwdrivers, a pencil and a hammer in order to successfully assemble them, it also tells you that this is a two person job. My husband and I built these together and they did not take us more than about 45 minutes per set of drawers, all the bits and pieces you need come in a small bag within the flat pack.
The dimensions of the product are as follows: Height 55cm, width 40cm and depth 48cm. The top is very easy to wipe clean (ideal if you are clumsy like me and end up with drinks being spilt on the top quite frequently - too much tea in bed!).
These are a great basic item for the bedroom and are pretty easy to put together, the price means that they are an affordable way to revamp a room and we would definitely buy them again.