Chic + Simple Ikea Malm Dresser Hack.

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I am so in love with this insanely chic + easy Ikea hack that I’m going to share with you today. Ikea is the huge giant store of lots of good pieces that are just aching to be made great. One day I’ll have to share with you how I shop Ikea with my designer eyes on, but let’s get back to this chic remix of the standard Ikea Malm 6 drawer dresser.

So this is where this dresser started, I’m sure you all are pretty familiar with it. It already comes half the way to chic with it’s modern simple lines. On its own with the right accessories it can make the designer cut. However for me, there’s just something about a dresser on legs that takes them to the next level.

I’ve been known for taking Ikea pieces to the next level, remember my Billy Bookcase Hack? How about my Designer Curtain Hack? Make sure you check those out before your next Ikea trip.

I digress.

This dresser was inspired by the beautiful designer versions that I had seen on the internet with cute little feet were all well over $1,000 for a 6 drawer dresser this size. I felt like I could make my own for far far less. I thought that the Malm Dresser was a great starting point, because it is under $200 and I knew I would need only a few things to add the cute little chic designer-esque feet to achieve the look I was wanting.



  • Ikea Malm Dresser
  • 2 8ft 2×2 pine
  • Stain of your choice
  • Wood Glue
  • Brad Nailer

That’s seriously all you need! When you are in the lumber aisle make sure you comb through the pine 2×2’s and find the absolute straightest you can.

Using the measurements of the bottom I just made a very simple frame. I made the legs 4″ tall on the ends and added one in the back for extra support.

At the joints I used wood glue and then secured them with my nail gun. Wood glue is an extremely strong hold once dry, the nails are mostly there to keep all the pieces in place while it dries.

I wanted a really natural light color, this is the stain I used. I love the color it turned out. Varathane has some really pretty stain colors, I always have a hard time choosing.

Once the base was dry, I simply attached it to the bottom of the dresser, once again generously applying wood glue and then using my nail gun . This step may require an extra set of hands so you can make sure you are keeping your base square and in the correct place as you attach it to the bottom of the dresser.

**Make sure you put a blanket or pad under the dresser before you flip it over to make sure you don’t damage the ikea veneer.


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