How to style the IKEA Malm dresser

IKEA’s Malm collection is known for its clean, streamlined, and modern design, making it one of its most popular products.  It's a practical and sturdy dresser, with a design that is easy to alter. Lately, the Malm dresser has been gaining a lot of attention in the media as being highly transformative.

With that said, here are 14 perfect ways to make the style your IKEA Malm dresser:


1. Luxurious Golden Rims

IKEA Malm Dresser

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This easy DIY decorative addition to the Malm dresser is the perfect way to give the classic minimalistic Malm look a touch of chicness. And on top of that, the rose gold elements complement the pureness of white just beautifully!

2. A clash of Vintage and Modern

IKEA Malm Dresser

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If vintage vibes are your thing, then this DIY Malm dresser upgrade is your dream come true. By adding decorative vintage knobs and antiques to the modern, streamlined design of the Malm, you can have the best of both worlds, vintage, modern, and absolutely beautiful.

3. Pretty in Pink

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Haven’t you heard? Pink is the new black! Transform your office by painting your IKEA Malm dresser light pink to match your baby pink walls. By adding some motivational posters and a bundle of pink roses, your office can look perfectly pretty in pink.

4. Be Bold

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Want something bold to spice up your living space? The IKEA Malm dresser could become your solution! Just simply paint the dresser your favorite a deep shade of red and add some designs, using simple washi tape. If you want more pops of color; display a colorful acrylic painting to place on top of the Malm!

5. Be Playful with Color blocking

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Can’t decide on a single color to paint the furniture? Who said furniture had to be all one color? Play around with the idea of color-blocking, inspired by contemporary artists. It is such an iconic statement piece to have in your living space!

6. Wallpaper or Malma Game Changer?

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Want some way to upgrade your dresser without having to put in a lot of time and effort? This is the perfect solution for you. Buy some artsy stick-on wallpaper of your choice, cut out the layout of your dresser, and just stick it on! Decorating can be that simple and effortless.

7. The Custom Malm

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Replacing the drawer fronts with new custom fronts from Norse might be the ultimate makeover of the classic Malm. Choose from four patterns and five colors and add the knobs and pulls that your heart desires. And believe it or not, the assembly takes less than 10 minutes!

8. The New Work Desk

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Need a new work desk? Good news, instead of buying a new one, you can use your Malm dresser! The Malm dresser can be used as the base of the perfect homemade work desk for your office. You can even make it your own by adding decoratives!

9. The Dressing Room Hack 

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Need a good place to take your #OOTD pictures? After painting and adding decorative knobs to the Malm dressers in your dressing room, you can place a long, standing mirror to create the perfect nook for you to take the best full-body selfies! By upgrading the furniture, you can upgrade the whole room.

10. The Innovative Malm Dresser-Desk

IKEA Malm Dresser

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By simply placing a wooden board on top of two Malm dressers, you can create your dream workspace! It is the perfect desk that everybody needs, numerous storage compartments to store all of your belongings and a spacious surface top to scatter your thoughts and produce neverending creativity!

11. All-White & Classy

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Infatuated with the minimalistic all-white aesthetic trend? This Malm Dresser hack is perfect for you! By replacing the original, plain white Malm dresser boards with new decorative panels, your Malm dresser could add a bit of classy to your all-white minimalism. Very Vogue-esk.

12. The Kid-Friendly Bunk Bed Malm

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Desperate for a way to store all of your children’s belongings, while maximizing space? This awesome way of utilizing the IKEA Malm dresser as the base of the children’s bunk beds could be your answer! It’s not only useful but also super cute.

13. The Malm Dresser for Babies

IKEA Malm Dresser

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There's a Malm dresser for the baby, too! The Malm dresser is a necessary addition to your nursery room. Not only is it the perfect place to store all of your baby’s diapers, clothes, etc., but it can also be used as a diaper changing station!

14. Nemo’s new home

IKEA Malm Dresser

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Tired of the traditional wall art decor and plants? You can actually use your fish aquarium as a decoration! Your Malm dresser could be the ideal aquarium base. Home-friendly AND animal-friendly!


You might also like: 5 Smart Ways to Repurpose Your IKEA Malm Dresser


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Author: Michelle Choi 

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