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Product: Malm Chest of Drawers Size: Price: £30 From: IKEA Having moved into our new home 4 or so months ago, we kind of underestimated how much storage space we would need. Now don't get me wrong we do have a rather large house but finding a place for those items to live was the problem, not particularly the space. We decided to buy a new wardrobe and a new set of chest of drawers to put in our second bedroom. We figured that my husband would use these for his underwear, work clothing and also other little bits and bobs as in T-shirts and Tops. This would then free up space for our everyday clothes in our built in wardrobe in the master bedroom. As we didn't want to spend too much money on a wardrobe and chest of drawers for a spare room we decided to look around IKEA where we know that the prices are going to be quite reasonable. We decided on the White Malm Chest of 3 Drawers in White. This was priced at £30, we also spent an extra £15 on a transparent glass top for the drawers to prevent any scratches or damage to the top of the chest of drawers. The chest of drawers contain three draws which are extremely roomy and have plenty of space to fit in a vast amount of items. The draws are extremely easy to open and close with an extremely smooth feel as you push and pull. None of the drawers have fallen out as I've found previously with many other chest of drawers. The chest of drawers came flat packed in two packages, these were quite heavy so you would need help in transporting these, especially a lady, I for one would definitely not be able to lift these on my own. My husband assembled this by himself and commented that it was very straightforward and easy enough to put together. The chest of drawers come available in different shades but prices do differ, so do check out this information before you buy. I'm very pleased with the product, the quality is good and the price is very reasonable. Not the best quality no, but for the price I paid I'm happy. Dooyoo Stars Rating: 4/5
When we moved house last year Mrs B had us take a trip to Ikea. During this trip we seemed to come away with such a lot of flat pack I could feel the headache coming on already. Part of the flat pack items that we purchased was this Malm 3 drawer chest. We did also buy the matching bedside tables too. Firstly the challenge was buying this item. If you haven't already been to Ikea then I won't lie to you; it is a more stressful shopping experience than is necessary but do not think you can get out of this by shopping online instead, I'm sure that they make the website so dreadful to ensure that you don't buy from it and brave the shop instead! The shop is set out so that you have to walk all the way through every single department in a specific way (do not attempt to go back on yourself or you will end up in a dramatic battle against a crowd of people all going the opposite direction!) Once you have decided what it is that you like you then have to carry on throughout the store until you get to the warehouse department where you pick up the flat pack from. By the time you have found the aisle which houses your flat pack, managed to lift it down from the shelf, struggled to get it to a till and then heaved it into your car and sat in the queue of traffic waiting to get out of the car park you are just about in the right frame of mind to go to bed for a week. The last thing you actually want to do when you do arrive home is construct flat pack furniture, especially one which is notorious for not having all the complete pieces in the pack. It comes packed in cardboard and is quite heavy. Mrs B had to help me get this in and out of the car. It is flat pack so none of it is already constructed, instead it is all just jumbled up on the cardboard ready for you to put together. Now, it always advised that as soon as you open the packets of wood and various items like screws that you actually check that everything is there. Inside the instruction manual there is a 'contents' section which shows everything that should be present in the packet. Lay everything out in front of you so you can recognise what they all are and tick off what you have. When I did this I was extremely pleased to see that everything was there! I almost felt like writing to the papers to inform them of this huge triumph that Ikea had finally managed! Every other time we have bought furniture from there there have been pieces either missing, wrongly cut or damaged. It is always advised that you follow the instructions on flatpack material. And these instructions are 'universal', by this I mean there are no words just drawings, diagrams and numbers which is meant to be so easy to follow that they don't need to include any form of word to describe what you are to do. If you are no good at deciphering basic drawings then you will struggle with this. Luckily, the construct of a basic set of drawers is fairly easy so I was able to construct it without having to follow the instructions intently. You do need to keep referring to them to ensure that you are putting things together in the right order. It took me in total just over an hour and a half to construct these. I am no handy man and have little experience of flat pack so I don't know if this is good timing or not but it was quite straight forward and nothing particularly stressful occurred during the making of it so I can conclude that this is a fairly easy piece of flat pack to put together. I didn't need any assistance from Mrs B and was able to construct it alone. The chest of drawers themselves look perfectly fine. They are nothing fancy, they do not even have handles and there is absolutely no detail on them which is quite typical of Ikea furniture which does tend to be along the minimalistic lines. It is has three drawers which have the top of the front of them angled in such a way that your fingers fit down them which is how you open the drawers so there is no need for handles. The drawers are quite deep and have a plastic bottom to them which I think feels quite flimsy but we have been able to pile these drawers full of bedding and clothes and they have withstood the weight of them fine. They hold more than I thought they would as they are so deep. It doesn't matter how full or heavy they are the drawers still pull out easily. I know with some chest of drawers the more you fill them the more awkward they are to open but these don't have that effect which is a good thing as we have really overcrowded these drawers! They stand quite high too so Mrs B uses the top of this to house her mirror and jewellery box so it does make a bit of a dresser too although it is slightly lower than she would prefer. It comes in several different kinds of wood, we have this same one which the picture shows which is like a teak colour. You can get it in a light oak and also in a much darker colour. They don't have all examples on display in the shop though but other items of furniture will be around which are in these colours of wood so you will be able to see what they look like. We chose this one as we thought it was the most 'plain' and would go with our other furniture. Because the drawers are angled in such a way that you open them by putting your fingers down the top of the drawer where the gap is they do gather dust in this little ledge quite easily but apart from that there is nothing that catches dust because it is such a basic design without any detail at all. I don't think that these drawers are excellent quality, whilst putting them together I was well aware of wood which could have been sanded down better and poorly drilled holes. There is no doubting that this is a cheaply made product but for £40 I don't think we can really complain about that. You do not expect super quality for the price. Even though it isn't the best quality it doesn't mean it isn't functional. As I have said the drawers hold a lot and take a lot more weight than I thought, they don't stick or get stiff even if they are full to the brim. It is coming up to a year now since we bought these and they are still working fine and show no signs of wear and tear so I imagine we will still be using them for many more years yet. They are very useful, they hold a lot of things and because it's flat pack it does have it's advantages- you can take it home yourself and don't have to wait in for delivery men to bring them. The flat pack instructions were not very in depth and you may struggle with them but I didn't find it too challenging to put together and was pleased that all parts were present. I would recommend these if you are looking for something functional and cheap. It isn't a statement making piece and it isn't going to win awards on quality but it will hold lots of your items and it won't break your bank. Positives Didn't take too long to put together (about 90 minutes). Can construct it on your own. Holds a lot Drawers open easily Choice of colours available. Other matching items available. Cheap! Negatives Not the best quality. Rather boring looking You have to buy it from Ikea Flat pack instructions not too informative!
I always like shopping in Ikea because it offers a variety of different products for reasonable prices and due to their products being flat packed mean they are easy to transport home and to put up. For some people however putting up their recently bought items is a bit of a hassle and so if you are one of these people it is possible to pay a little extra and have Ikea do this for you. I however quite enjoy putting them together and think the end product is much more rewarding then. I have one of these chest of drawers that I also put my tv and dvd player on top of because of its convenient height. My room also has Ikea bed side tables made of the same type of wood and I think this makes them look much more expensive and adds to the look of the room. The drawer has 3 shelves which is perfect for me as I don't tend to have a huge amount of clothes anyway and not much of them get folded and put away anyway (as they are mostly hung up in the wardrobe). The size of the drawers is 78cm x 80cm x 48cm which is the perfect size to fit in lots of bits and pieces and seeing as I only tend to use it for underwear and pyjamas there is always lots of room in case I need to file away other things. There are 3 drawers also and so plenty of space for whatever you need to tuck away. The drawers also have runners which make them easier to pull out and a function that stops them from coming all the way out which is useful as I am a bit clumsy and would probably be prone to do so without. However I do find that this sometimes makes them slam shut if I push them and am not holding the drawer to slow it down or I can catch my fingers in the gap just as it shuts so this also poses a problem for me. But with a bit of care this isn't too hard to avoid and just make sure to watch any children you might have because they, like me, will probably do so more than once if they happen to fiddle with the drawer. I have the oak veneer and have matching bed side tables of the same variety. The matching makes the room look unified and in my opinion also very nice looking too. Although they are veneer I do still feel that the product is sturdy and quite thick and also it is quite difficult to chip away, which is something I have found cheaper products sometimes do which completely ruins the effect of the item. Other colours this item comes in are a dark brown, white, birch, and white oak. The product costs £55 which I think is very reasonable for a bedroom essential. Ikea is known for its very reasonable prices although if you are like me you must avoid the store as sometimes you get a little too sucked in and end up walking out much poorer than you went in! This item isn't too difficult to put together and me and my Mum didn't struggle too much doing it. I would say it probably took a little under an hour and could have been less if she were not such a perfectionist. This is pretty reasonable I would say and worth not splashing out on having it already made. Overall I think this is a great product that I would recommend. I have frequently bought from Ikea and will continue to do so as I have never had any problems with their products and find the instructions always quite basic and easy to follow. If anything the most difficult part of flat-pack building is the stress and arguments I get into with whoever is helping me because we tend to argue over whose method is better (often because we feel we are above using the instructions for whatever reason!). At £55 this is a very reasonable price and the product is also high quality and very sturdy.
I have two different sets of these Malm chest of drawers from Ikea. They look incredibly stylish and reflect the minimalist style of Ikea in general. They are wonderful value for money and I loved them so much after buying the 2 drawer bedside table version (£35) that I eventually bought this three drawer version for extra bedroom storage. Priced at £55 it is incredibly solid and sturdy when built and the drawers slide in and out effortlessly and quietly, the quality is quite remarkable given the price. Of course, the reason Ikea can sell them this cheap is that they all come flatpacked and you need to build them yourself at home (although Ikea do offer a build and a delivery service if you do not fancy it and do not object to paying more - prices vary depending on size etc). These drawers come in a range of 5 colours, the one shown above is oak veneer but also available are birch veneer, black brown, white and white stained oak. I have the birch veneer one as it matches my other Ikea furniture and looks good with my other furniture. The drawers have a 'drawer-stop' function which means that they automatically stop before you can pull them all the way out, I really like this function and would not usually expect it in a piece of furniture in this price range, the runners on these drawers really are very smooth and impressive. For £10 more you can get the identical set of drawers but with 4 instead of 3 which would be useful if you need more space. There are no handles as such but an indent at the top of each drawer by which you can pull them out very easily. The size of this chest of drawers is 78cm height by 80cm width, the depth is 48cm. There are a number of different screws and dowell plugs and bits and pieces which you need to assemble but they are all included with the pack - along with the instructions which tell you that you need two types of screwdriver and a hammer in order to successfully build this item. It took my husband and I around an hour and a half to build this but we are not the most adept of DIYers and to be honest if you are used to this kind of thing you could probably do it quicker, it is fairly straightforward and we found the instructions easy to follow. I would definitely buy from this range of drawers again and think that they represent great value and quality, Ikea is a fab place to pick simple furniture like this up from and this item just goes to show what a great deal you can get.
If you are a fan of reasonably priced furniture, want something to do for half a day and enjoy the result then do buy these Malm 3 drawer chest of drawers. I bought these online at Ikea.com and although they took sometime and some expense (£30 with some other items) they were delivered on the correct day and all the parts were there. It took me a few hours to put together, with the use of a tool kit. The instructions show using a screwdriver and a hammer, you need the hammer to secure the back piece of wood to the rest of the structure. The drawers are put together seperately before you lever them in, and it needs to be rotated several times whilst being put together so you may need two people if you arent too strong. The instructions are very easy to follow, even for a DIY idiot like me, its all done by pictures with no writing and when put together the drawers feel secure and solid. I have put in mostly clothes into the drawers so I dont know how they would withstand heavier items in them but I would say that this is a bedroom piece of furniture. I have it in white so it is different to the picture here but after moving house and using sellotape and it getting bashed around the white finish has not scratched and this is most impressive! I think it cost around £60 and you can get different versions with more or less drawers and a matching bed so you could have matching furniture for the bedroom. Its not the most beautiful looking thing but for the price and the ease in which it was put together make it a great choice and I would certainly consider buying another one when I move to a house with more bedrooms.
I own several pieces from IKEA's 'Malm' range, including this 3-drawer chest. At the time of purchase, we were living in part-furnished rented accommodation, and were looking for affordable, practical furniture which would be hard-wearing. We also wanted something which was quite modern in style without being too quirky, and a relatively neutral appearance so it would fit in with our choice of décor when we eventually bought our own house and moved on. Ikea was a natural option, of course, and the Malm range seemed to tick all of our boxes... @@@ - Style and Appearance - @@@ We purchased the drawers with a Birch veneer, to fit in with the lighter, brighter colours in our bedroom; for those who aren't sure, Birch is a pale wood, with very light graining in large waves. The Malm range is also available in Oak, white-stained oak, black-brown, and white. The drawers are quire minimalist and very plain in appearance, simply consisting of flat, smooth surfaces. The plain finish even extends to the handles on the drawers - there are none! Instead, the front of each drawer is quite chunky, and has a wedge-shaped top rim for ease of opening. They may be too plain for some, but I feel that this is ideal in a smaller room, as it helps to make larger furniture less imposing. Also, although I'm not a minimalist to the extent of wanting plain white sleek furniture with no character at all, I do prefer more simple designs. @@@ - Assembly and Instructions - @@@ I'm not the most practical person, but I've never really had any trouble with flat pack furniture - I actually find it quite fun to put together and satisfying once it's done. As you would expect from IKEA, the instructions are very clear, and you can build the drawers with very basic tools; a small hammer and a Philips (cross-head) screwdriver will suffice. I think this particular set of drawers only took me about 30-40 minutes (I was in 'the zone'). @@@ - Quality and Longevity - @@@ The Malm drawers are a pretty solid construction, and are hard-wearing. We have moved into our own home and taken them with us, and they are still sturdy despite being lugged around. The individual drawers are also deep, with plenty of capacity. The one part which concerned me when purchasing these drawers was that although the main panels themselves are thick and chunky, the drawer bottoms were quite thin. Although we never planned to have anything too heavy in these drawers (using them only for clothes) I wondered how they would hold up when packed full. Unfortunately, I was right to worry, as the bottom of the lowest drawer, which holds all of my jumpers, has bowed in the middle and will not bend back into shape. Admittedly this has happened because I have slightly over-filled it with bulky jumpers, and when squashing the clothes down slightly to push it back into place, this has actually pushed the drawer out of shape. @@@ - Overall - @@@ The 3-drawer Malm chest retails at £55 currently, which is a very affordable price. For that price, you get a smart, modern set of drawers which should fit nicely with more minimalist modern décor. The only real downside for me is that I managed to push the bottom of one of the drawers out of shape. However, as the set retails at such a reasonable price, it is very hard to complain about this issue too much. With a bit of care (especially when it comes to chunky knitwear) you should have no problems at all with the Malm range. I'm also on Ciao as DonPaolo
I have one of these Ikea Malm 3 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. The Malm range comes in 5 different colours; white, black-brown, birch veneer, oak veneer and white stained oak. The price for this 3 drawer chest is £35.00 for the white version, and £55.00 for all of the other colours. The size of this 3 drawer chest is 80cm wide, 48cm deep and 78cm high. I bought the white one as I just wanted a clean and simple look in the bathroom. 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. 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, 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 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 it in there for about a year now, and it is 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. It was easy enough to put together, it took us 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 £35.00, I think that this is brilliant value for money.
This product is text book Ikea. Comes flat packed, you bring it home, put it together and Bob's your uncle, somewhere to keep all your stuff. This product was as simple to build as any other Ikea product I have bought. All parts were included and instructions were easy to follow. Basically you have to put a series of pins and screws in places indicated. All you need to assemble the product is a cross-head screw driver (you must have your own) and the allen key which is included. Once made the chest of drawers is a solid piece of furniture and looks decent enough, I have moved house and it got banged around a bit but was not damaged. The draw capacity is ok as long as you dont habe loads of clothes, but if you have a lot of stuff don't buy this, it only has around 0.3 cubic meters of effective storage space. The draw runners are study but not very smooth, I have to give the middle and bottom draws a good tug to open tham fully. After owning the product for three years it has not broken and the surfaces are still in mint condition. his product will last and looks good for the amount you will spend.
I bought this set of drawers a few months ago. I love Ikea's funiture, its so easy to put together and such a good price. In my bedroom there is a running theme of black glass. The set of draws I bought are actually black, and I thought it was really good how you could buy varias sizes of black glass to go on top of pieces of furniture. The piece I got fits exactly on top of the set of drawers. The size of these drawers are really good, the drawers are so huge, you can fit endless amount of underwear and clothes in these. I put all my clutter in them to keep the room tidy. Ikea makes it so easy to assemble items. The instructions are really useful and easy to understand. They give you most of the time practically everything to put it together. The only thig you need that desnt come with the pack is a hammer and maybe a screwdriver. These drawers are really good quality. They had little rubber pads (which you have to put on) on the inside of the front of each drawer. So when it slams it wond damage anything. The sliding mechanism are really smooth. So light to pull out. Also you can get other sizes so if you want one with more drawers they are available. You can also get matching bedside tables. I bought this set of drawers for just over £40 and the black glass on top was £10. Really good quality for the price.
I started buying the Ikea Malm range of bedroom furniture in the Birch colour about three years ago, it has been fantastic looking, sleek, hard wearing and sturdy, with easy to build instructions. The units have smooth running drawers, in addition glass tops are available to enhance the stylish look. I started off with the bed, two of these three drawer sets and two large six drawer ones with a desk. My only complaint was when I bought two of the tall six drawer units with the mirrors last week they were much lighter than the rest of my units. I was advised that the Birch colour does dull down through time but I think it may have been a different batch, however I would still recommend this bedroom range. It would be useful to take an original drawer front to the store to match up with new purchases. I have this range in the dark brown in another room and would not hesitate buying more in the future, the units are very good value for money retailing at £56.17 at the moment and this particular unit is a good size for placing with different sizes of units within the range.
I have now made quite a collection of furniture from Ikea's Malm range and know that I can rely on getting something which is of decent quality, easy to build and nice to look at. I first came across the Malm range when I first moved into a flat on my own and needed a bedside chest of drawers which was cheap! So, off to Ikea I went with a friend and we saw the Malm range. Chests of drawers are available in a few different sizes: 2, 3 or 4 drawers as well as others (there's a wide range so best to check out the website) and a range of widths. I went for a 2 drawer chest which was nice and compact, perfect for a bedside table/chest of drawers. I opted for the cheapest finish; a pale pine colour which cost less than £20 (I forget now how much exactly as it was over 4 years ago!) and duly collected my flatpack and bought a Daim bar to treat myself with after I'd got it built later on! Constructing the chest of drawers was simple, easy to do with just one person as it was a small chest of drawers and the pictorial instructions were easy to follow. I got my Daim bar eaten in no time! The drawers are of a good depth and I fit my undies and socks in one drawer then the other drawer is used for lots and lots of cosmetics and general girly whatnot! The finish of the drawers is a veneer which wasn't that sturdy; I did manage to clout the side with a hammer which I'd dropped on the edge and it splintered the edge a little. Ooops. I have since bought three more chests from the Malm range; I bought another small 2 drawer chest of drawers in a dark brown finish which Ikea don't seem to do anymore as when I went to Ikea a few weeks ago looking for a larger version of the same thing in that colour, the darkest colour available was black/brown which to me just looks black! So instead, I got the three drawer chest in the oak veneer which now sits in my bedroom, housing my husbands clothes and then I get the bottom drawer in which I keep my hairdryer, straighteners, make up and there's still bags of room for more girly whatnot! Yay! We also got a white 4 drawer chest which is in our new baby's nursery ready for when baby arrives in July. The white finish isn't bright white, it's more creamy so it may look off white if it's put with brilliant white furniture. The three drawer unit cost around £56 in the oak veneer and the 4 drawer also cost £56, the white items seem to be cheaper than the others which is fab. I love the look of these chests, they're simple, no handles which is good as I always want to change the handles on furniture anyway, the drawers are roomy and they slide in and out easily. They are easy to remove in case things get stuck down the back and they're easy to build, what more could you want! I'd go back for more of these again and again.
I'm a big fan of Ikea furniture, its always good value for money, sturdy as well as being attractive and they have a range with enough variety to suit all tastes. The Malm range of chests of drawers is no exception. Like all Ikea furniture, Malm drawers come flatpacked for home assembly. You can collect the boxes from a store or arrange to have them delivered for a fee. Most Malm packages are small enough to fit in most cars so if you have an Ikea nearby that's probably the cheaper and easier option. The drawers are easy to put together, all the pieces you need are included in the pack and the extra tools you need are just standard stuff like a hammer and a screwdriver, that most people already have. The instructions are picture based and are generally very clear, the instructions for the bigger versions of Malm recommend having two people to assemble them but I've always managed fine on my own. Malm drawers come in a wide range of sizer from small bedside chests to larger version with 6 or more deep drawers. They are available in a variety of different colours, mostly imitations of wood types but also plain white. There will be a shade to match most rooms and styles of decor. The drawers are not unattractive but are quite plain looking. They don't have handles, but are opened by pulling on the angled upper edge of the drawer, which makes them recognisable. The action of opening the drawers isn't as smooth as you'd expect from a more expensive, higher quality, chest of drawers but is perfectly functional and Malm drawers may be basic, but they do seem to last for a good few years without wearing out or breaking. I've only ever replaced them due to moving house or redecorating, not because they weren't fulfilling their purpose anymore. So in short, Malm drawers aren't the most stylish or the highest quality, but they're functional, good value and popular.
Over the years we have purchased numerous items of furniture from IKEA. This has included sofas. beds, storage solutions etc. The reason I like IKEA is that if we change our tastes in a few years time I can justify replacing things as the cost from IKEA is pretty low. This time we needed furniture for our spare bedroom and chose the MALM range. We went with the Oak finish but you can also choose from Birch, White, Black etc. These drawers have a minimal feel to them. Instead of knobs or a handle to open them they have a slanted top edge of each drawer which you need to grip and pull. Although this works fine it is slightly annoying and actually I have found that if I was using them every day I would prefer a handle of some sort. As they are in the spare room it is fine and the drawers look good. They come flat pack and it took my husband around 2 hours to put together. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. The drawers feel very sturdy and are heavy so best to build near where they are going. IKEA provide a fastening to attach them to the wall to prevent toppling over. We have not felt the need to use this. The measurements of the drawers are: Width 80cm, Depth 48cm and height 78cm. This is quite large and each drawer has a lot of space for storage. There are also 2 and 4 drawer cabinets available in the range to complement these. The cost of these drawers is £55 which I think is very reasonable. Obviously they are only veneered oak effect and so they don't have the same quality finish as solid oak furniture but they still look pretty expensive in this finish. Some of the other finishes such as the white look, in my opinion, slightly cheaper and poorer quality. The drawers can also be wiped clean with a damp coth if they get messy.
I really love Ikea and this chest of drawers is a really good product. This cost £55 and is a compete bargain. It is a really solid piece of furniture which I did not expect for the price. It is very well made and excellent quality and not at all flimsy. I have no worried about it tipping over as it is so solid. I have had it for nearly 4 years and it still looks like brand new and doesn't have a mark on it. I think these drawers will last for yours to come and style simple so won't date. The drawers slide very smoothly and are very easy to open and shut. I have also found that even though I filled the drawers up a lot they are still perfect condition inside and the bottoms of them are not sagging like some drawers do. These drawers come in different colours and I have the birch colour which is a nice colour for a bedroom as it is light and natural looking. They look very stylish as they are chunky and they have no handles so are sleeker looking. They are a really good size and the drawers are nice and deep so they hold plenty. I cannot fault these drawers and would buy them again as they are such a good quality product.
We purchased the 4 drawer version of this chest of drawers in white in 2008 for my daughter's room. It came as a flat pack requiring assembly for everything from the outer shell to the drawers themselves. This was quite straightforward to put together though and didn't cause any major problems. All material and sizing information is available on the Ikea website as this chest of drawers is available in different colours and also as a 3 and 6 drawer unit. The chest themselves are quite unassuming and plain to look at however there is something about them which seems to mix modernness and simplicity with practicality. There are no handles on the unit instead the front edge of the drawers are sloped slightly which allows for easy opening of them. They are not overly heavy yet would give some resistance to a really young child attempting to open them although at two and a half my daughter had no problems! Inside the drawers themselves are a good size width and lengthwise which allows quite a lot to fit into them. With regards to depth there is ample room if you're going to use these for clothing and clothes will comfortably stack a few on top of each other without spilling out over the edge. The outer shell of the chest is quite sturdy and thick which also allows for added storage as things can be placed on top of it. Ours is free standing, although Ikea do recommended you fasten it to the wall, but we have never and its always remained sturdy. Now just over two years old the chest of drawers has lasted the everyday opening and shutting although the drawer bottom, which is a fibreboard material, has now began to slip out of place and bow slightly whilst the drawers require tightening but once this maintenance has been completed the chest is as good as new. The ease at which these were put together and the storage room they offer make these drawers an ideal piece of bedroom furniture for any age group and I would definitely recommend them.