Product Type: Ikea home furniture
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Ikea Malm Chest of Drawers
Member Name: DonPaolo
Ikea Malm Chest of Drawers
Advantages: Smart, modern, very reasonable price, easy to assemble, range of finishes
Disadvantages: May be too plain for some, drawer-bottoms aren't very durable
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.
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Summary: A great choice for bedrooms - smart and affordable furniture.
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