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ABOUT: We purchased this small 2 drawer set of drawers from Ikea around a year ago now and are still getting plenty of use out of them. We use these as bedside drawers; although they can just be used as extra storage drawers in the bedroom and other rooms. This chest of drawers has smooth running drawers with a pull out stop. This product does require assembly although it doesn’t take long to assemble the drawers so long as you follow the enclosed instructions which come with the product. I personally didn’t build this myself; my dad did which took less than 30mins. Once assembled the width of the drawers at 40cm and they have a depth of 48cm and a height of 55cm, so they really are perfect as bedside tables. The chest of drawers comes in white, black-brown, grey, oak veneer, turquoise, white and white stained oak veneer. We purchased the oak veneer which went with the colour of the bed frame.
PRICE We ordered these the same time as ordering other items of furniture from Ikea. They are priced £29 which I think is very reasonable.
IN USE: Once made the drawers look very nice and the oak veneer finish on the drawers looks modern and sleek. The drawers are nice and deep so can easily hold a good few items for extra storage. The drawers are mainly used for a couple of books, some medicine that needs to be kept close by when asleep in bed and other items as well. The drawers can hold a good amount so even if you were using the drawers for clothes storage you would get a decent amount of folded clothes in them.
The drawers are easy to open simply by using pulling them out from the top. Some people may prefer handles on the drawers but I don’t find any problems opening them when I need to. The drawers slide out easily and you only need to give them a little push in order to push them back in again. These drawers are great for popping a cup of tea or other hot drink when in bed; although I would advise purchasing some mats to put the cup on otherwise you might find that it marks the surface of the wood. We clean the top of the drawers and wipe the sides down regularly using a little furniture polish and a duster and they always stay dust free for a good few days before they need to be wiped down again. As we purchased the oak veneer drawers they don’t show up the dust as much as the black-brown colour would.
OVERALL: These are by far the best quality set of two drawers that I have purchased and I know they are going to last me a good few more years to come.
I purchased 2 of these to use as bedside tables when I moved into my own house and was very satisfied and impressed with just how strong and elegant these look.
They have deep drawers and I am able to store books in the bottom drawer easily with plenty of room for other things.
The simple and clean finish on them mean they are easy maintained and cleaned and look great too. Who can complain really at the price they are? Bargain in my eyes.
When Lauren first moved into the bigger bedroom, we purchased her a cheap set of drawers from Tesco however within around a year, the drawer bottoms had started to fall through and even some of fascias of the drawers had started to come away so we decided to replace them with this.
The drawers are part of the Malm range which is exclusive to Ikea and is available online and in-store and it retails for £35. Although you cannot reserve stock online at Ikea, you can check stock availability to ensure you dont have a wasted journey.
The drawers are available in a range of different colours such as blue, black, oak, brown and white which is the ones we chose as it matched the other units Lauren has in her bedroom. There are also other sized units and bed within the same range so you can get a matching set for your room.
These are actually advertised as set of two drawers rather than a bedside table however I find it is the perfect size to be used as one, it measures 40cm (w) x 48cm (d) x 53cm (h). It consists of two drawers which are really quite deep. The assembled unit weighs just over 17kg so it is quite heavy which I like as it means Lauren can't move it around the room (as she likes to with a lot of furniture).
The drawers come flat packed, although when it comes to assembling things, this is the husbands area of expertise, he did say they were easy enough to assemble and I did have a look at the instruction and they looked really easy to follow, with close up images of the most intricate parts.
Once assembled, the drawers look nice and stylish, the have a nice shiny finish to them which makes them easy to wipe down, they also have a very sleek look. These don't have any handles on the drawer; the top of each drawer has a slight slant which is how you open them. The drawers are on metal runners which means they open and close really easily, I like the fact that these also have a little stopper on the inside so that they cannot be pulled out fully without lifting slightly.
I would definitely recommend the drawers; they are simple yet stylish and look really nice in my daughter's room so they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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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.
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.