How to revamp your IKEA dresser on a budget with Norse Interiors

Are you tired of your old, plain IKEA Malm dresser? Do you want to give it a fresh and stylish look without breaking the bank? Norse Interiors gives you a secret weapon for the easiest dresser makeovers. We'll show you how to revamp your IKEA dresser on a budget using replacement fronts, new hardware, and legs from Norse Interiors.

Silver sage astrid fronts on an IKEA Malm chest
Eleanor drawer fronts in silver sage on an IKEA Malm chest with Elisabeth brass knobs.

Make your budget and design plan

Before embarking on any DIY project, starting with a well-thought-out budget and design plan is crucial. Each front is $75, and hardware starts at just $9, so you can upgrade within your budget. Norse offers free phone consultations to help come up with a design plan. This plan will serve as your roadmap throughout the project, and design advisors will always help along the way.


Choose your replacement fronts

The first step in transforming your dresser is to choose replacement fronts that match your style and taste. You have a wide range of high-quality, custom-made fronts in various colors and finishes. Replacing the drawer fronts on your IKEA Malm dresser or nightstand is a game-changer. It instantly elevates the look and feel of your furniture, giving it a custom, designer appearance. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a rustic and vintage vibe, you'll find the perfect fronts to suit your decor.

Joan fronts on an IKEA Malm dresser
Joan drawer fronts in earthy sand on an IKEA Malm dresser with Marlen black knobs.

Upgrade your knobs and pulls

Small changes can make a big difference, and upgrading your dresser knobs or pulls is a prime example. Norse Interiors offers an impressive selection of timeless hardware in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Whether you want elegant brass knobs or minimalist matte black ones, you can find the perfect knobs to complement your new drawer fronts. It's a quick upgrade that can be done in minutes, yet it makes a significant impact on the overall aesthetics.

Swap out the legs

Another fantastic way to revamp IKEA dressers (though not compatible with the Malm bedroom collection from IKEA specifically) is by replacing the standard legs with stylish alternatives. All of the legs from Norse are universal, meaning they can be attached to any piece of furniture with a solid bottom at least 1” thick. Swapping out the legs enhances the dresser's appearance and changes its overall profile.

Sara black legs from Norse Interiors on an upcycled dresser
Sara black legs on an upcycled wooden dresser, by customer Sara Chen.

Easy installation

One of the best things about using Norse Interiors products for your IKEA dresser makeover is the simplicity of the installation process. You don't need to be a DIY expert to achieve stunning results. Norse includes printed instructions and countless assembly videos on the Norse YouTube channel to guide you through installation.

Check out our customer and professional interior designer, Chelsea Veurink (@chelseaveurinkdesign on Instagram), and assemble a huge Malm dresser upgrade quickly! She's using our Astrid drawer fronts in white lace, since it perfectly matches IKEA's white finish. 

Once you've replaced the fronts, knobs, pulls, and legs, step back and admire your newly transformed IKEA dresser. You'll be amazed at how such simple changes can completely revitalize a piece of furniture. Your dresser will look like a high-end piece while staying within your budget. It's a fun and rewarding DIY project that will leave you with a beautifully refreshed dresser that you'll be proud to display in your home.



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