This whole Ikea range is a great deal! I like the larger pieces of storage from this range more than I like the bedside tables (2 drawer storage set), I never tire of the versatility and sophistication of the four and six drawer sets. 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. It definitely offers you the chance to update your space at a relatively low cost.
The Malm drawers here are perfect for far more than just clothes - they're sturdy and sleek. You can store weighty items like books in them, because of the strong metal support brackets that run under each drawer (from front to back, and in the middle). I use the whole chest of drawers in my spare room as a craft station - keeping my craft books in, paper stock and card stock, stamps and inks, as well as the trays and trays of beads and cabochons. I've never had a drawer fall through yet.
The bare wood finish looks and feels genuine, I've never had it flake or splinter off either, unlike the MDF drawers I previously had from MFI. The wood finish is my favourite, but you can take your pick really, work around colour schemes, and with a bit of internet scouring, it's pretty easy to find tutorials so you can paint them yourself too.
I wouldn't recommend this range for the elderly - my mother is arthritic and struggles with opening this type of drawer, but I think they open and close pretty smoothly on their runners. I think it's perfect as well for transitioning tweens to teens, and the price is great for those first starting out on their own, or in rented accommodation/uni halls.
I was getting sick and tired of our drawers breaking, usually from Argos that would break at the bottom as they would only be supported by a thin style of wood.
During a general visit to Ikea we spotted these Malm chest of drawers, a white set of 4 drawers for £45 which we thought must be too good to be true!
The assembled size of the 4 drawers is
Width: 80 cm
Depth: 48 cm
Height: 100 cm
The drawers come in a flat pack which is very heavy, we were able to fit them in the car so that was fine but I personally would not have been able to purchase them if my husband had not been there to lift them.
My husband put them together very quickly, you need a screwdriver and hammer to put them together so this is worth noting. The instructions were very simple and easy to read as they were made up of self explanatory black and white diagrams.
I am so pleased with the finished result, the drawers themselves are big and spacious and come out smoothly. They also don't come out if you pull them too far which has always been a big pet hate of mine. They are very sturdy and the wood and sliding mechanism seem very reliable and don't look like they will collapse if they have more than 3 pairs of socks in!
We have since bought a matching white sliding wardrobe for our bedroom and the combination looks great and alot more expensive than they were! The white can get abit grimy so I do have to give it a wipe over every now and then but no scratches at the moment! You can buy a glass top for these drawers which costs £10 which would prevent this.
We have also bought a set of these for both our kids bedrooms, they hold lots of clothes and I really have no complaints about these at all! We have had the three sets of drawers for about a year now and they are still in like new condition. They seem to be very durable and long lasting, highly recommended!
I've just moved into an unfurnished house so needed new furniture and because I was on a budget my first port of call was Ikea. I've owned two Malm chest of drawers for nearly six years and unfortunately some of the drawers have started to fall apart (I needed one for my six drawer unit as that was beyond repair) so I decided to repurchase the five drawer unit and I am pleased to say they have upgraded the design which should help it last longer.
***What you get***
As is standard for Ikea this comes in a flat pack box but it should fit into most cars (we were getting beds and sofas delivered so didn't worry too much about that). However, the package itself is quite heavy and I had to open the box in my living room and carry all the bits upstairs separately.
The drawers themselves once assembled are:
Width: 80 cm
Depth: 48 cm
Height: 100 cm
***Putting the chest of drawers together***
I actually found this quite simple and for most of the drawer's construction I even did some of it without any help at all. The first thing to note is you are going to need a Phillips and flat screwdriver and a hammer for this piece as it's not an allen key type piece. But it was pretty straight forward to put together and I had no problems making it.
One thing I have noticed is that the drawers themselves now come with a metal support which goes across the bottom of the drawer to add extra stability with is a really good touch as in the past Malm chests haven't had this and the drawers have a tendency to break so I was really impressed with this.
*** The chest of drawers***
I got mine in a birch finish and I have to say it looks really nice and doesn't look cheap at all. One thing I love about this chest of drawers is the fact that there is no handle on them so they look really sleek but are still really easy to open. The drawers themselves are nice and roomy and can hold a fair amount of clothing (I am hoping the new drawer strengthening support will help them last longer.
Well this particular chest of drawers I have had less than a week but my previous Malm four drawer lasted over five years but towards the end the drawers were starting to come apart and the top had been damaged by a water spill (Ikea do glass tops for the Malm drawers at £10 for this size which I do recommend getting as they are easily damaged by water and spills causing the laminate to split) so the laminate had split - it also came apart a little too easily. I'm hoping with the new supports and the glass top I purchased will help this set last longer but five years for the furniture is not bad and it could have lasted longer had I not needed drawers for my six drawer Malm.
At £55 Ikea do do cheaper drawers but to me these ones just look classier and therefore are worth the money and if you get five years wear out of them (and I could have got more I think) it works out at just over a tenner a year.
The Ikea Malm range is a very popular one - you only have to look on various selling websites to see the resale value to know they must be worth buying. They normally sell for a price very close to the RRP. It's also been around for many years which proves it's a well-liked design.
I stumbled across a set of four Malm drawers on one of the said selling sites, and was lucky enough to get quite a bargain second hand - but usually they retail new at £55 for all the wood-effect colours, and only £45 for white. The colours available are birch veneer, oak veneer, white stained oak veneer, black-brown and white. My set of drawers are in the white stained oak colour, which is a really lovely bleached oak shade and would match any decor. A lot of cheaper veneered bedroom furniture only comes in pine or beech effect and don't look at all natural, yet the Malm seems to be a much better quality veneer with more natural shades, and even has a grain to the surface.
The design is sleek and modern without obvious handles - the drawer fronts have a sloped top edge for the handles. The main thing I love about these drawers is just how big and spacious they are. The unit is quite large, at 100cm tall, 80cm wide and 48cm deep. This means the drawers are just under 25cm deep each which is very roomy. I currently use them to store some of my children's clothes, with a drawer per child (I have four children), and I can get the majority of their everyday clothes in each drawer. I think if I had a set between two children I would most likely get everything in - and they have a fair amount of clothes!
The drawers also have metal runners with drawer stops, and they glide open and closed beautifully - you would never guess they only cost £55. I've seen far more expensive sets of drawers that don't have such smooth runners - or indeed any runners. Another thing to note about the Malm drawers is the weight - they are incredibly heavy - much more so than you'd think an inexpensive veneered set would be. This just adds to the feeling of quality, although does make them difficult to move once assembled!
To conclude, I would sum up the Malm as a very high quality set at an unbelievably low price - which is all you can wish for when buying furniture. The Malm range makes it possible for people to buy new, when they might have only been able to afford second hand. If you like the contemporary style and need a decent sized set of drawers, then these are a perfect choice.
I have one of these Ikea Malm 4 drawer chests in white in the bathroom. I use it to store towels, spare toiletries and various bits and bobs that you always accumulate in the bathroom. This is really designed as bedroom storage, but like most Ikea things I think that it does lend itself to other uses as well, such as my bathroom storage idea.
The Ikea Malm range comes in 5 different colours; white, black-brown, birch veneer, oak veneer and white stained oak veneer. The price for this 4 drawer chest is £45.00 for the white version, and £55.00 for all of the other colours. The size of this 4 drawer chest is 80cm wide, 48cm deep and 100cm high.
I bought the white drawers as I just wanted a clean and simple look in the bathroom. I also figured that white was an ideal colour to get as it will go with anything, and I can therefore change the colour scheme, but still keep these white drawers.
This is just a very basic, very simple, very plain chest of drawers. I have however jazzed it up a bit by adding some fancy drawer handles, two on each drawer. It doesn't come with any drawer handles, you just pull the drawers open by the lip on the top. The handles were easy enough to add though, my husband just measured the locations and then drilled some holes right through the drawers for me, and we then attached the fancy handles that I'd bought. This makes a huge difference to the chest of drawers, it has gone from being something fairly plain, and obviously from Ikea, to something really quite funky, and something that people always ask me where I bought it from.
I was a little bit worried initially that the wood might warp from the moisture in the bathroom, however we have had the drawers in the bathroom for over a year now, and they are still perfectly fine. As it is just coated 'wood' anyway it works well in the bathroom, as you just wipe it over with a damp cloth to clean it anyway.
This was easy enough to put together, it took my husband around an hour. It does take a little while as there are the drawers to assemble and the cabinet and it does come in lots of pieces. The tools you will need are a cross head and a flat head screwdriver and a hammer.
For the price we paid, just £45.00, I think that this is great. It has lasted well in the bathroom, the drawers are quite deep and surprisingly roomy, and they operate nice and smoothly with no catching or locking, they even have drawer stops on stopping you from accidentally pulling the drawer all the way out.
OK so at the end of the day it is just a piece of Ikea furniture, but it was cheap, it serves my purpose well, and by customising it it doesn't look quite like Ikea furniture anymore!
I have recently parted with this set of drawers earlier this year after five faithful years of use.
I cannot remember the original purchase price for this but it was on offer in Ikea at the time when I was wandering around looking for a decent set of drawers as I was fed up of cheap flimsey ones that fell as part after a years use.
The depth of the drawers was what caught my eye with this chest as they were twice the depth of others I had looked at so I went and opened one and when I found they were made of strong materials and none of those silly plastic corners I was sold so brought it there and then.
It comes flat packed so I could take it home with me there and then but I would recommend there are two of you as this is rather heavy to lift when flat packed.
The assembly instructions were easy to follow even for an idiot like me and it was soon together, it felt really wobbly and flimsey untill I attached the back board and then it was very stable.
Over the years it has been used in my room and the children's room as well as moving house with us so has been moved a few times and never came apart or became wobbly like other Ikea furniture has on me in the past.
We are all guilty of over cramming the drawers at times and this was something I certainly did with this but unlike others the bottom of the drawers has never moved or sagged.
This fantastic set of drawers I would recommend to anyone as it lasted the test of time in our house and has gone to a new home as there was plenty of life left in it, I would not have parted with it had I not changed the colour scheme of furniture in our house
Me and my (now ex) partner bought this set of drawers when we first moved into our flat back in August 2011. We had a smaller version of the drawers already but this really wasn't enough storage space for my partner because I wasn't particularly keen on sharing my chests of drawers and wardrobe!! Anyway, we went to Ikea and bought this, I'm sure we paid somewhere around the £55 mark and the price is still the same which is very reasonable for a chest of drawers this size. If you are ordering from the website then I believe a delivery charge of £30 applies so unless you are buying a lot of bulky items it would be worth trying to get to an Ikea yourself if you can.
We bought this chest of drawers in the birch veneer colour because we thought that was the colour we had the smaller drawer version in! Anyway it turns out we actually had the oak colour but never mind! These come in oak veneer, birch veneer, white, white stained oak veneer and black brown. The drawers came flat packed so we managed to fit them in the car easily to get them home.
When it came to putting the drawers together there were some easy to follow instructions which we predominantly diagrams. My partner found these easy to follow and the drawers were up within about an hour. Most of the drawers go together with screws but glue was also used, I think to attach the drawer fronts.
When the drawers were put together they looked really good and we put them straight in our bedroom where they have been ever since! The drawers themselves are actually a white in colour with just the outer parts of the chest being the birch veneer. This is fine as none of the white shows and they look like a solid, quality chest of drawers. When put together these drawers measure 100cm tall and 80cm across. The drawers are deeper than our smaller version and they are probably around 18cm deep each. The drawers are about 40cm from back to front and I find it really easy to put lots in the drawers.
The drawers are really roomy and in ours we store lots of towels, bedding, his work clothes and some of his everyday clothes too. I find the drawers really roomy and they open and close with ease. For the price I wasn't expecting the best quality but these drawers are great - the runners are smooth and they work with ease and we have never had any problems.
I like the design of these and if I were to buy all new furniture I do think I would look at the Malm range because it is a really stylish range and the price is brilliant. I think they look great and the range of colour options is really good as it means you can match them to your décor.
There are a number of different sizes of chest of drawers in the range including 2 drawer bedside cabinet style designs and these all match really well and are priced very reasonably.
I am really pleased with these drawers and think they are an absolute bargain, I would definitely recommend them and would buy them again.
We've got to the point now where we're steadily replacing the vast mass of Ikea furniture that we kitted out our first flat with four years ago - and it's testament to the staying power of this particular item that it's not one of the pieces set for the cull. In fact, it's barely aged, and though it's not the most beautiful set of drawers you could dream of owning, it's more than made the original investment - around £80, as I recall - more than worth it.
As with the vast majority of Ikea's products, this comes flat-packed - and I'll admit I thought something of this size (with moving parts, oh the horror!) might be beyond my modest assembly talents. It's really not all that tough to put together, though - the instructions are - for once - clear and accurate, and a methodical approach had us a fully-functioning set of drawers within half an hour or less.
Made from the same light but hard-wearing wood as the rest of this range (we have side tables as well, not to mention a bed which has not lasted nearly as proudly), this is a solid, well-designed piece of furniture. Four years on, everything works as it should, the drawers open smoothly and nothing has bowed or sagged. It's surivived two house moves, and it shows every sign of battling on until it's eventually retired.
Ikea products can be rather hit-and-miss, but this is firmly in the hit column. For less than £100, we got a reliable, well-built piece of furniture that has served us well and given us no problems. Recommended.
It was about ten years ago I first discovered Ikea. It was on a shopping trip with my mum and dad, back then we were hunting for some furniture and to be honest the place bored me senseless. Now I'm a bit older and own my own furniture I love Ikea to bit. The fact is that if you want cheap good quality furniture then this place is ideal. This particular set of drawers is one I bought about five years ago. Only last week I moved them from my old house to new one and had to go through the laborious task of pulling them all to bit and rebuilding them. So at the moment I am very well acquainted with these particular drawers.
So this review is for the Malm 4 drawer set from Ikea. The ones I own are actually in black and if my memory serves me correct they come in a few others colours such as cream, white and brown. As with the vast majority of furniture from Ikea these drawers come flat pack so you have to assemble them yourself. Back when I bought these I remember they were very heavy and the box was not one I could lift on my own so be aware that you may need some help if you do buy these.
So first of all the putting them together part of my review. This took me around an hour and a half if I remember correctly. I did manage the entire job all on my own though and I do remember quite enjoying the experience. There is something quite satisfying about building something, even if you are following instructions. I built the outer frame first and this is quite simple if you follow the instructions, they have well labelled pictures and as long as you go along in order they do make sense very well. The drawers were a little boring to put together but once you had mastered the first one each one got that little bit easier.
As with most Ikea furniture all the screws and bits and bobs come in a pack. I was happy to report that none were missing. You also get a few alan keys which you will need to use in the construction of said drawers. Much of the drawers are held together with clever interlocking screws which I really do like and think are very clever. To say I built this myself ten years ago and it is still standing today shows how well the designers of these drawers have done in conveying how it should be built.
So when you have your finished set of Malm drawers standing in front of you, what exactly do you get? Well these are very deep drawers and wide as well, so lots of rooms for clothes or anything else you desire to put in there. They are quite a tall set and stand just below chest high on an average size person. The top is smooth and has a nice finish to the wood so you can either leave it clear or put things on top of it. There are four little screws that you can see on the top but these are the same colour as the drawers so they don't stand out.
The drawers come out on little runners which are very smooth and even after five years of use they still work just as well as they did when I first put them together. After five years of use these drawers are still in wonderful condition. The only slight issue is that one of the drawers has come a little bit lose at the bottom, but this is something that was not overly difficult. The drawers then are very hard wearing and have lasted very well and will probably last for many more years into the future.
As I mentioned I did recently take these down and relocate them at a new home. Sometimes when you do this you have some real issues with things breaking or screws that are damaged. This was not the case with the Malm drawers. Everything came apart really easily and everything went back together really well, I even managed it without looking at the instructions. Another plus point there for the Ikea drawers then. Also these were on a wood floor and yet they have not scratched the wood. When you get the drawers they come with little pads that you can place on the bottom of the drawers if you want to, yet another very good idea from Ikea.
So what about price, obviously something that is quite important. Well when I bought these I seem to remember they cost around the £80 mark. I had a quick look online and could not find these on sale now so maybe Ikea have replaced them with a newer version. There were a few second hand ones online though as some of these were as cheap as £20 and if you could pick these up for that kind of money then I would say they were a real bargain if they are good condition.
The fact that you can also pick different colours of these makes them very good indeed. There is a nice variety to choose from and they would not look out of place in many rooms. I have these in the bedroom but they could also be used in other rooms. One thing I should mention is about the handles. When you look at these from a distance they look odd as there are no handles, but the front of the drawers has a gap at the top where you pull them out and as they are on very easy runners they do slide out very easily.
So as you can probably tell I really like these drawers. They look good, work well and offer lots of space. They have lasted for over five years and look like they could go for more than double that with no real issue. They are not overly expensive and for the standard of drawers you get they are excellent value all round. So the Malm drawers come highly recommended. If I was kitting a new house out I would seriously considering buying these or something very similar all over again.
I think that in life, you get what you pay for. And in the case of IKEA furniture, I think that's the case!
I have moved into a rented property that came with one of these chests of drawers. I don't know how long it has been in the property, but it is at least 2 years.
The drawers look lovely on the outside, nice, smooth wood veneer that is clean and modern looking. The drawers open and close smoothly and have no rattly handles. Great. You actually can't say anything against the appearance, they will suit most tastes.
However, if you do buy these drawers, and I understand why you would, because, they are great, be VERY careful how much you load the drawers up. In two of my drawers, the bottom has sagged and drooped. This happened to the bottom drawer, which meant it didn't close properly. It can be fixed, but once they've gone, it's a case of easing them closed whenever you open them, and not putting as much stuff in. Once broken, you kind of have to make do!
If you need cheap furniture, great, but please be careful as I don't think they will last that long with heavy use!
I bought these 4 drawers from Ikea about 3 years ago for around £50.
I really dislike shopping in Ikea as I do not like the shop layout and it always turns into being a big trip when all you want is one item but you are in the store for about an hour! But we shop here for furniture sometimes because it's so cheap and it's good that you can pick it up on the day instead of waiting for delivery.
It comes flat pack like you would expect. My husband put it together on his own without any help and it didn't take him long, about an hour and he didn't complain so I am supposing that the instructions were not too difficult to understand!
I was pleased with the finished result, the drawers are very understated and simple, there isn't anything fancy about them, they don't even have handles, instead the top of the drawer is slanted slightly which is how you pull it out. I don't think it's an impact piece, it's not something you'd show off but it's very practical. We have it in our bedroom to store various things.
It is robust. Sometimes Ikea furniture can be a bit 'flimsy' compared to others but these drawers have withstood lots. In one drawer we have lots of beauty products so it's very full and with quite heavy things but it's not bowed or come away from the sides at all.
The drawers hold a lot as they are quite deep. We are able to store lots in here which is great as that's why we bought them! You can also buy bedside tables to match and I think there is a 3 drawer version too.
Although I am sometimes doubtful of Ikea furniture I think that this is an item which is perfectly good, it holds lots and it has withstood just over two years of lots of thins being inside it without bowing or losing shape so it's good quality.
I'm reviewing the MALM chest of four drawers ......from IKEA.
The finished item measures 80cms wide.........x 48cms deep (from front to back)....x 100 cms high.
They come in a flatpack that you collect from the IKEA store.
My sister bought the taller one of this item last year & raved about it. I SO wanted a set for our spare bedroom where the old chest of drawers was on it's last legs,but money was tight & it was forgotten about. Then the old ones literally collapsed when I was trying to clean behind them.So I went online & found the ones my sis got (£65) for just £55.....YES!
If you haven't been to IKEA then here's a quick guide. You go there,grab a little pencil & order form(plus one of their huge carrier bags for sundry items should you want to buy those) in the foyer & head upstairs to the showrooms. The showrooms are set out as bedrooms,living rooms etc with sections for random things (chairs,tables,shelf units) and sections with household goods,everything from candles to folding storage boxes to kitchen & bathroom needs. For the small items you just lift what you want & pop into the huge carrier bags they provide at the door . For the large furniture you simply write the details clearly displayed on the item into your form . It can seem chaotic in the showrooms but there are floor arrows to guide you & stands at various points with maps saying "YOU ARE HERE" to help. So....small items in bag & details of furniture item in hand you head downstairs again,grab a big trolley & head into the warehouse....go to the aisle in the item number on your form & wrestle your flat pack from the shelf indicated onto your trolley. Go to checkout & pay. Frankly it tends to be a day out,but they have a cafeteria & plenty of toilets and a play area.Oh and great parking & huge lifts.
Now to the exciting bit, my new drawers.The pack was quite heavy at approx 40kgs and we found the easiest way to get it indoors from the car was to 'walk it' on it's narrow edge . A neighbour helped hubby carry it upstairs,yes,that heavy.
Once unpacked everything you need is there. All you add is the screw driver. It took us roughly an hour to assemble . It would have been less had I not been supervising (interfering) I think. The instructions are quite clear too & basic....no faffing around with them.Once assembled we were astonished at how solid the unit was....totally firm & not a bit of wobble about it at all .We simply removed the drawers to move it into the back room where it was intended to go & then put the drawers back in in situ .
Once everything from the old drawers went in the new ones there was still one empty drawer ! I was well chuffed & even hubby was impressed . Those drawers are VERY deep. Plus they are on wonderful runners that mean you can fetch something from them,then just nudge the drawer & it slides gently closed by itself ....LIKE MAGIC ! Another plus is the fact that there are no handles. Instead the top front of each drawer is not straight,it slopes downward toward the inner drawer,meaning your fingers fit in that little sloped part for pulling the drawers open.
A few safety points......Obviously they have stops to prevent them pulling right out,but should you need to remove the drawers then you just tilt them up slightly as you pull them out & they come completely out.This can't happen accidentally....good idea there. To put them back in you simply tilt them up AS you put them back & they drop into the runners.The individual drawers are quite heavy,and more so when filled,so there is a bracket provided to fix the carcase of the drawers to the wall behind them, so that if too many drawers are open at once the unit CAN'T fall forward causing injury. Another great idea ! Plus the drawer bottoms stay in place & are sound(unlike our old ones).
As you can gather I'm very pleased with this unit. It has taken abuse,been jostled around in furniture shuffling & had all sorts of heavy stuff piled on it & it remains as solid as day one.The finish is beautiful & is easily wiped clean.
It is available in,
White stained oak veneer......oak veneer.....black/brown & white.
I purchased two of these Ikea malm chest of drawers back in 2009 when we had moved into a new home. There cost £65 each at the time but they are now showing on the Ikea website as a lower price deal of £55.
I was after something sturdy and spacious as our previous draws from Argos had practically fallen apart after a few months of use the bottom were falling out which was annoying.
When I got these in store I had a staff member help me get them from shelf to trolley then into car after paying as they were very heavy. I can now see on the site they are 42 kilos so no wonder we struggled, on getting them home I kind of pushed them out of car then side stepped them slowly to the house by putting one corner up and moving it a bit then the other corner and so on. My oartner was around to help at the time and typically no neighbours were about either.
Later that day I took all the parts from the single box and took them all upstairs to where i wanted to build in in position.
I do follow instructions manuals and find Ikea ones are so easy to follow. I laid all the different parts and screws on the floor and then followed the instructions to a Tee and after approximately 40 minutes the first chest of drawers was built and in position. The second set was faster to do as I didn't have to keep checking instructions so much having just done one already. I think my favourite part was hammering the tacks into the back part lol. I didn't even have any pieces or screws left over at the end.
The drawers four themselves are on runners and slide in and out easily, they are the type of drawer you can push shut and walk away and it will finish closing. You can remove a drawer if needed for any reason by lifting it slightly and then pulling out. Each drawer is seep and wide so will hold plenty of clothing. Mine have been used constantly for over 3 years now and the bases of drawers show no signs of collapse or wear and tear.
To clean these you can easily wipe with a damp cloth or use a bit of polish and a duster.
My drawers are the birch veneer as the picture shows but they are also available in-
white stained oak veneer
oak veneer and
The assembled sizes are-
Width: 80 cm
Depth: 48 cm
Height: 100 cm
You can also buy drawer organizers from Ikea to fit in the drawers to make separate compartments if needed.
I will advice you though that beware if you happen to have all four drawers open at once whilst they are loaded then it can topple over if you have not used the wall bracket that came in the pack to secure to the wall. (yes talking from experience)
Even though these cost more then our previous drawers they have already lasted longer so in the long run you save money. Recommend you try these if you are looking for some new drawers.
About 6 years ago when my now husband and I graduated from University we got a job in the city and decided to rent an apartment in the city, too. After living in shoddy student lets with even shoddier furniture, we went for an unfurnished brand new apartment, but with only two months of wage packet each to spend, we needed to furnish the entire apartment for around £1500 (not including appliances which were integrated, and our television which we already owned).
So, off to IKEA we went, and storage was one of the key things we were looking for. We went for the Ikea Malm Chest of four drawers, two of them, priced a very reasonable £65 each. They're fairly basic but not unattractive chests of drawers, with four deep drawers just right for our clothes. They're available in a variety of colours - white, black, oak, beech and a dark mahogany wood effect. Each is a laminate over MDF with chipboard backs and thin MDF drawer bottoms.
We went for the Beech effect as it suited the light colour of our apartment and took them away same day in our hired van (you can get IKEA to deliver same day if you order before midday and for an additional charge in a set radius, ask at customer services for more information on this service).
My husband put them together and I'd say each one took about 45 minutes. All the parts are supplied but you will need a basic tool set (of which you can actually buy in IKEA). He said the instructions were quite easy to follow. The finished article is quite presentable, the drawers are easy to open as they have a slight diagonal cut into the top of the drawer, and they certainly hold lots of clothes.
There are a few small downsides. Firstly the quality - you're only getting what you pay for, after a while, the back of ours bowed, the drawer bottoms did too, and the drawers became stiff. The laminate in places chipped off, and the laminate join on the tops of the drawers where you put your fingers to open it gets ingrained with dirt (no matter how much you try to clean it). We used the drawers however for four years, so you're certainly getting your money's worth, I'm sure if you didn't move house twice as we did in this time, they'd probably last you longer. When we moved into a house we purchased, we decided to take the Ikea Malm Chest of four drawers to the skip and purchased some solid oak furniture - a lot more expensive obviously but absolutely beautiful to look at, and will last us.
Overall I do think that I'd recommend the Ikea Malm Chest of four drawers to anyone setting up a new home, anyone furnishing a rented house, or a student apartment, and anyone on a budget, you could do a lot worse. I think for £65 they're good value for money, look modern enough, and store lots of clothes, they're also 'instant' (as in you can buy them off the shelf and have them set up the same day rather than waiting for delivery) and they come in a variety of finishes to compliment your decor. Though we've moved on now, they were essential at the time with us setting up a home on a budget. I will give these 4/5 - if you're looking for quality solid furniture that's built to last, these probably aren't for you, but as a budget solution they're up there with the best.
Malm Chest of Drawers, Ikea.
Back in November 2012 my partner and I moved into our new flat and as a result of this we found that we needed to purchase quite a bit of new furniture. One of the items we knew we would need was a nice chest of drawers for in the bedroom so during a trip to our local Ikea we agreed that the Malm 4 draw, chest of drawers was ideal for our needs and we made our purchase. When I was living at home with my mum I had these draws and therefore I knew they would be a decent purchase and one that would last a good while.
The chest of drawers is available in a few colour varieties including oak, birch and black to name a few, we chose the birch effect as it matched the bed we had also just purchased. My review will cover the 4 draw version although there are other versions consisting of 2, 3 and 6 draws and other than the obvious size differences I would say they are all very similar.
As usual it was me who had the task of building the furniture, not that I mind because I actually find it quite enjoyable. The unit came flat packed in one rather large and quite heavy box along with a set of the usual Ikea printed instructions, but "usual" I mean the instructions which seem to be standard for Ikea products and consist only of pictures to show you how to assemble your furniture.
As there were quite a few bits and pieces involved in the assembly process I decided to take them all out of the box and check we had them all before I started, this also made the building process a lot easier and quicker for me. As I had these draws when I was living at home with my mum and it was me who assembled them there I kind of remembered roughly what I was doing. The first part of the assembly process is the main frame of the unit, the side walls of the unit where the draws will be supported come with the slider bars for the draws already attached, this was a big bonus for me and a step forward for Ikea as I remember on the set I had at my mums these bars were a bit of a pain to get in the right position even though they had predetermined holes for the screws. The main frame was easy to build and I'm sure the neighbours loved me for hammering the nails into the backboard on a Saturday morning, personally I call it revenge for them drilling the walls at 7:30 in the morning on a week day! (We do get on with them really!)
Anyway, once the main unit was ready it was time for the draws. The draws were actually easier than I remembered too and I had all 4 of them assembled within around half an hour. Another feature which the draws now have that my old set didn't have is a metal bar which runs along the underneath of the draw to offer a bit of extra support in the middle. Personally I think this is a great idea as I always worry about overloading draws and the bases giving way. The bar is a little fiddly to fit and screw in but its nothing too major and it is worth the fiddlyness for the extra security.
Once everything is assembled it was time to put them all together. I found the best way was to start with the bottom draw and work my way up. The draws slide into the unit easily and sit flush with the main unit. The fronts of the draws are nice and thick with a slight sloped edge for use as a handle for opening the draws.
The weight of the complete unit according to the Ikea website is 41.1kg, I would say this is pretty accurate as the unit is quite chunky and heavy and in my opinion it is quite hard to shift around once you have built it so it is best to build it close to where you want to position it.
Once assembled the chest of drawers is approximately 100cm high and 80cm wide with a depth of 48cm.
As I have had the same set of drawers in the past I will use both this experience and my past experience here. The unit which I had at my mums was purchased around 4 or 5 years ago and it was also assembled by me. When I was using the unit I had my TV on the top along with an Xbox 360 and a Wii. I used the top draw to store all of the games and accessories away from sight, the second draw was used for DVD storage and the two remaining draws for underwear, pyjamas and other random clothes which never seemed to have a home in the wardrobe. As you can imagine the top two draws in particular were put under quite a bit of pressure but even without the support bar which we have on the new one the draws never bowed or gave way. My brother now has this chest of draws and upon my recent visit I noticed it was home to many of his toys and games and just like me he has a draw especially for his Wii games. In my opinion the chest of draws still looks relatively new if you disregard the few football stickers James has added to it. Not bad for a piece of furniture which is somewhere around 4 or 5 years old!
The unit we have here in our flat seems to still be of the same quality and has the added bonus of that support bar too. This unit is currently home to various clothes which don't fit in the wardrobe and will soon be home to the TV as we are planning on purchasing a new one for the living room. I have no doubt the unit will be good enough for supporting the TV and still keeping our clothes safe as it is a really strong and sturdy piece of furniture.
I also think the unit looks good too. For some it may be a little on the chunky and bulky side, but I kind of like this when it comes to bedroom furniture. We have the matching bed for these draws and overall I think they fit well and look good together in our bedroom.
We bought these draws in Ikea here in Krakow and I cannot remember the price we paid as we were busy buying so many items at the time, but I have checked on Ikeas UK website and it tells me that you can buy it in the UK for £55 reduced from £65, which I think is a good price for a nice piece of furniture which will last years.
Would I Recommend?
Yes, I would definitely recommend the Malm Chest of Drawers, they are easy to assemble, they look good and they last for years as my original set have proved. They are a good price and all in all I cannot fault these draws in either assembly or in use so a full 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading :)