Best Of: IKEA Malm Series Hacks


It’s amazing what you can do to IKEA furniture to make it look way over it’s “assembled yourself” price tag. In my last IKEA hack, I turned the vittsjo shelving unit into a gold etagere using just paint. The MALM series is one of my favorite to see hacked with it’s clean lines and endless possibility. Oh what a difference a little paint and new hardware can do to transform ubiquitous IKEA pieces into custom-made look-a-likes.

I’ve rounded up my favorite IKEA MALM hacks to show the range of what can be done and styles.

#1 Sleek + Contemporary

This has long been on my inspiration board to replicate in my new home and I only recently discovered that this was an IKEA hack using the MALM vanity. What a great surprise! It’s amazing what some paint and killer styling can do. This is the MALM vanity spray painted in a high gloss gray and styled as a duel nightstand/vanity by designer, Kristen Kerr Luber.


#2 Clean + Simple

My next favorite idea for hacking the Malm dresser is less about painting and more about how you use the dressers for a different purpose.  You can buy in the Malm dresser in a variety of colors and it’s the perfect height for a desk. Typical desk height is 28′-30′ and the Malm is 30′. I saw this setup on Style At Home and instantly thought you could re-create the look with two malm dressers and a piece of wood or composite stacked on top for a desk. The dressers give you great storage and styled the right way this can look very luxurious. I love the way it’s been styled below with an acrylic chair.

source: Style At Home

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#3 Sophisticated Detail

Custom trim detailing spruces up the malm dresser giving it an updated and styled look for a pretty nightstand. Painted white it looks like custom etching and a MUCH more expensive piece.


#4 Relaxed Texture

This is a trick I love for IKEA hacks – wrapping the piece in a raffia wallpaper and topping off with glass. The MALM console is nearly unrecognizable.


#5 Bold Finish

This DIY-er really hit it out of the pack with their IKEA hack. Cindy Lackey added a copper plated top to the dresser.

see the tutorial here

Have a favorite MALM IKEA hack? Share it in the comments.

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