“ As you'd expect with Ikea products, the Malm Chest is well designed and very reasonably priced. Whilst it comes flat packed, build instructions are easy to follow and it comes in a range of colours. „
When it comes to furniture I'm not too fussy. Having children means the budget is going to be lessened and the life expectancy with any piece of furniture is going to be shorter. With this in mind, I tend to opt for good furniture at a low price. Ikea fits this bill nicely, as they offer a good range of budget priced furniture that is simple and practical. For general style and practicality, you can be assured that Ikea has you covered.
>> Play time in Ikea
When I knew I needed a set of drawers for storing a multitude of items, along with clothes, I headed straight to Ikea. The main advantage point Ikea has is that their products are set up displayed for you to have a good look at what you're getting for your money. You can get a good feel for the items that are on offer, and see how you like the products. This allows me to inspect the item I am after and compare it with others alongside it in store.
>>Space saving solutions
Ikea tend to focus on the making the most of the space you have with many space saving solutions. This Ikea Malm chest of six drawers appealed to me, as it offers plenty of storage while not needing any more space than a set with fewer drawers. I also liked the clean finish, as there are no handles, which gives a minimalist and tidy look. This is just what I wanted something with a tidy and minimalistic feel that offered plenty of storage space.
>> Choose your colour and finish
This particular set of drawers is available in a range of finishes including black-brown, oak veneer, white, white stained oak veneer and birch veneer. I went with the oak veneer as I felt this would look best with my other furniture. Of course you can get matching furniture; however, I am not prepared to replace everything. The set of drawers is raised off of the floor, with 4 elongated drawers and at the top one is divided to make two smaller drawers.
>> Open me
The drawers are flush with no handles, and are opened by the lip of the drawer. I wondered if I'd like this or not, and I must say that I do indeed like this design feature. The drawers are certainly easy to open. You can open from any point along the top of the drawer. The drawers always slide open and close smoothly each and every time. They feature and pull-out stop which stops the drawers from being pulled out.
>> Making the most of height
The tall drawers work well with my high ceilings and minimal floor space, offering plenty of storage without taking more space than needed. They will of course look good and fit any size room. The drawer dimensions are 80cm by 40 cm by 123 cm. They come flat packed with easy to follow instructions. My partner constructed the drawers in no time without complaint. I wanted these drawers for my living room, I'm not sure this would be the first choice for others; however, this is where I needed storage. I would say these are more geared toward being bedroom furniture.
>> A good fit anywhere
With the awkward layout of my home, I like to have many items stored in the lounge for easy access. The drawers sit nicely against the wall and look tidy and not out of place. I use the drawers mainly for my sons most used clothes. As his room is small and for his safety, (with him being autistic) I prefer to not have anything with sharp corners or items that could be climbed on. Additionally, it is more practical for me to have his things close to hand.
>> Plenty of space
The main drawers are used for my son's clothes. With 4 large drawers I am able to separate his clothes to make it easy to find what I need. His t-shirts, trousers, jumpers and pyjamas all have their own drawer which offers ample space. For the bulkier and bigger items I store those in my own wardrobe. The other drawers are used for care and personal hygiene products. Being two smaller drawers this makes it easy to store what is needed. Also being at the top, they are at a good height and reach for myself and not for my son.
>> Budget drawers
The drawers are of a good quality and the unit feels sturdy and robust. They are reasonably priced at £85 and are a good budget set of drawers. We have had these drawers for a good time now, at least a couple of years. The finish has stayed in good condition, still looking neat, clean and tidy. Unfortunately, the drawer bottoms in a couple have come loose at the back causing items to fall through. This is a fault of my own for ramming too much in to the drawers. Also from loading heavy things into the drawers which is not advisable. I have fixed the drawers by using a sticky drawer liner to hold the drawer together.
>> Long lasting
While the bottoms of the drawers have taken a little bit of abuse, the rest of the unit still looks great. As the exterior looks good, and I have been able to fix up the insides, I am still happy to say these drawers are providing a good service. I have learned not to overfill them and place overly heavy items into them. I would happily replace them with another identical set, as these are good solid drawers that offer plenty of roomy storage.
The drawers come from the Malm range which has matching furniture should you want to match up your furniture.
We have one of the Ikea Malm 6 drawer chests, in the white stained oak veneer colour, in our guest bedroom. We did only want a fairly cheap chest of drawers as they weren't for our bedroom, and they won't get an awful lot of use. Our other guest bedroom furniture is also from Ikea; we have the Rykene bed and the matching Rykene bedside tables. The Ikea Rykene furniture is a grey-brown colour wood, and so we wanted something that would match these. The Malm drawers in the white stained oak veneer colour compliment our Rykene furniture perfectly.
The Ikea Malm range comes in 5 different colours; white, black-brown, birch veneer, oak veneer and white stained oak veneer. The price for the 6 drawer chest is £65.00 for the white version, and £85.00 for all of the other colours. The size of the 6 drawer chest is 80cm wide, 48cm deep and 123cm high.
The Malm 6 drawer chest is actually only 5 drawers high. The bottom 4 drawers are full width drawers, and the top drawer is actually 2 drawers; each one is half the width of the chest of drawers.
This is just a very basic, very simple, and very plain chest of drawers. I have however jazzed it up a bit by adding some funky steel drawer handles; two on each full width drawer, and one in the middle of each half width drawer. It doesn't actually come with any drawer handles, you just pull the drawers open by the lip on the top of each drawer. The handles were easy enough to add, my husband just measured the locations and then drilled some holes right through the drawers for me, and we then attached the funky steel drawer 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.
The simple design and the choice of colours mean that this would work well in most room settings, and go with most decor. You could get a colour to match the rest of your furniture, or contrast with your furniture, or compliment your furniture like we did. This would also lend itself to being used in various rooms, the bedroom, the bathroom, the hallway, the study etc.
This was easy enough to put together, it took my husband around an hour. It does take a little while as there are all the individual drawers to assemble and the outside cabinet frame and it does come in lots of pieces. The tools you need are a cross head and a flat head screwdriver and a hammer. It's easy enough to keep clean I just wipe it over with a damp cloth.
Th drawers in this 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. We've had ours in the guest bedroom for about a year now, and it still looks, and operates, as good as new. Granted it's not had as much use as it would have done had it been in our bedroom, but as an occasional use item it looks like it will last for years.
I'm happy enough with this. At the end of the day it is just a piece of Ikea furniture, but it was cheap, it serves its purpose well, it compliments our other guest bedroom furniture perfectly, and by customising it it doesn't look quite like Ikea furniture anymore!
I love Ikea and half my furniture is from there. I know that it isn't exactly original since half the country seems to get their furniture there now but I really don't think that they can be beaten for value and quality. Self-assembly furniture has a bad rep but when it is done right it looks just as good and is just as sturdy as any other furniture that I have bought.
All my bedroom furniture is from Ikea with my chest of drawers and my bedside cabinets being from the Malm range.
My chest of drawers has 6 drawers and comes in a black-brown colour. I really wanted my furniture to be a really dark colour but not black as my walls are a really light colour and I thought that this darker colour would complement them really well and they do stand out against the light walls looking very striking and contemporary.
The measurements of the chest of drawers are 80x123cm and it sits pretty high compared to a normal 4 drawer set. I wanted the six drawers as I think that you can never have enough storage and I find that this is pretty roomy.
The bottom four drawers are full size drawers while the top of the chest is divided into two separate drawers which I think is really handy for items like under ware and socks. There are no handles on the drawers which I think makes them look even more contemporary but they are really easy to open and close as they have a recessed back for fingers to easily reach down and grab the drawers to open.
The drawers open wide but they have stop mechanism on them to stop them from being pulled all the way out if you happen to pull too hard. You have to actually slightly lift the drawers to remove them from the unit if you want them out for any reason.
Inside the drawers are very roomy and look to me to be bigger than normal drawers. I store all kinds of things in them from t-shirts to jumpers and jeans and they all fit in fine. I think I seem to get a lot more in these drawers than I did in the other drawers that I had previously. I also utilise the top of the drawers for storing items like toiletries and aftershave so that it is basically like a wide shelf.
I found that putting these drawers together was very easy and the instructions were pretty straightforward. Putting them together probably only took me half an hour and I am usually no good with assembling things but I did think these were easy so if I can do it most people should be able to.
These drawers make a great addition to my bedroom. They look really smart and very modern especially in the dark wood veneer as it makes them stand out so much against my light walls. I paid £85 for these drawers which I think is more than fair especially considering that bedroom furniture is so expensive and any other furniture that I looked at which was similar to this was at least double the price. Don't be put off by the assembly as it really was easy and also taking care of them involves nothing more than running a cloth and some polish over them occasionally. They look much more expensive than they actually were and I would highly recommend them.
We have several items from Ikea's Malm furniture range. This review is for the six-draw chest of drawers which is currently priced at £85/$149.
We bought this self-assembly six-drawer chest of drawers from Ikea nearly four years ago. It is in our spare bedroom and used by guests for up to six weeks a year. When not in use by guests its main role is as storage for children's birthday presents and guest-room linen. It is therefore not used as regularly as it would be should it house my underwear or t-shirts.
Like our many other Ikea items, this one was chosen by us after assessing the display model and then selected from the shop's flat-pack storage area. We live 10 minutes' drive from Ikea so are easily able to time our visits to avoid crowds. It took my husband less than an hour to assemble this chest of drawers. He did this near single-handed; I simply supported the side panels for him when he felt it necessary.
The Malmo range comes in several finishes: birch veneer, oak veneer, black-brown, white, white stained oak veneer. We have chosen birch veneer for all of our Malmo items.
The chest comprises four long drawers wide drawers and 2 x half width drawers at the top. The unit measures 123cm high by 80cm wide by 48cm deep. The drawers don't have handles as such but instead the top of each drawer is angled so that you can easily hook your fingers behind the drawer to pull it out.
The drawers slide in and out easily. They are designed to stop at the edge of the draw runner meaning that the drawer is very unlikely to be pulled all the way out and off accidentally. They are a decent size and are very sturdy in use.
Finally, this chest of drawers doesn't show the dust very well so it only needs the occasional dust. I have also wet-wiped the unit with no issue on a few occasions.
~~~ Recommended? ~~~
Yes. If you are planning on buying a new wardrobe that is very minimalist in style.
I bought this from Ikea online for £65 and delivery cost £30, I also bought some other things to make it worth it.
The drawers have 4 full length drawers and two drawers cut in half at the top. It took me and my partner several hours to put this together, mainly as the weight of the sides is quite heavy, and its awkward to hold panels together whilst you are screwing them to each other. Its impossible to put together with one person, apart from the drawers. There are step by step instructions which you will need as its not obvious which way up some of the panels go, but if you get it wrong it will not work.
The drawers slide in really smoothly and although some of the panels on the front of the drawers have had to be tightened after a bit of use closing and opening, generally for a cheap set of drawers its very sturdy. I have moved house with them and the moving people lifted it carefully and it is still perfectly usable afterwards.
The white colour is quite sleek looking and almost shiny, but not in a tacky way. They are quite tall and just the right height to place a mirror on the top. The drawers are deep and are all full with clothes and havent had any problems with anything falling through.
Basically they are a great chest of drawers for those on a budget and who dont mind building it themselves. It looks great and has matching bed side tables which I have and also a smaller chest of drawers but I dont have that one. I also have a white wardrobe that matches although its from argos. The delivery came on time from Ikea and the delivery men advised me that it was heavy and put it in the right place where we were going to build it.
When I moved into a rented house five years ago it was pretty sparsely furnished and as I needed more than a wardrobe to store my clothes I decided to invest in some chests of drawers so duly headed to my local Ikea. I opted for the six drawer Malm chest of drawers because it was taller and thinner then a lot of chest of drawers on the market - as wall space was at a premium this was a good option and it also came in the birch veneer which I liked as it (to my eyes) looks more expensive then the white veneer.
Once you have been through the maze that is Ikea and picked up your brown cardboard box and paid for it you then have to assemble it. While it was five years ago I remember that it went together quite well (then again one of my particular skills seems to be assembling Ikea furniture!) but it did take two of us to get it together so if you are on your own you'll need an extra person at least to hold it place while you assemble it. The trickiest part is making up the drawers which are a little bit harder to make then the body of the chest. The colour out of the box (birch veneer) is also really nice and this fades over time but in a nice way so it looks really nice. However, this is chipboard covered in a veneer so you are not going to get a real wood chest of drawers.
***Do they work?***
Well according to the Ikea website this chest has "extra roomy drawers; more space for storage". I would agree that the drawers are quite roomy and they open and close really smoothly and hardly ever fall out which is nice. However, while they are roomy they don't really take well to being over filled. Admittedly I do have a lot of clothes but one of the drawers broke after about a year of use as the front fell off and now I cannot put very much in at all as gluing up the drawer front just means it looks ok but doesn't particularly work very well. The drawer bottoms also have a habit of buckling slightly under too much weight - by too much weight we are talking jumpers. I now face buying a whole new set of drawers to replace the one broken drawer (I really wish Ikea did replacement drawers).
I also spilt quite a bit of water on the top of the unit (a glass worth) which has split the veneer along the top a bit but that is standard for a veneered piece of furniture and it has taught me to be more careful.
However, when I moved in January the drawer unit moved in one piece and is still in good condition (apart from the issues mentioned above).
At £85 it's not as expensive as some real wood pieces but it is one of the more expensive IKEA chest of drawers. Would I purchase it again? Well it has serviced me well over the last five years but as with everything you do get what you pay for and I think I would rather save up for a real wood piece.
I have since moved the chest of drawers and it is now on it's last legs which is a shame.
Chest of drawers from Ikea with 6 drawers (4 large and 2 small drawers)