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14 Creative Ways to Customize Your IKEA Malm Dresser

CEO Khai Intela
Are you tired of your plain and ordinary IKEA Malm dresser? Do you want to add a touch of style and uniqueness to your bedroom or living space? Look no further! We have gathered 14...

Are you tired of your plain and ordinary IKEA Malm dresser? Do you want to add a touch of style and uniqueness to your bedroom or living space? Look no further! We have gathered 14 creative and exciting ways to transform your Malm dresser into a personalized masterpiece. Get ready to unleash your creativity and make a statement with your furniture!

1. Elegant Chicness with a Touch of Rose Gold

IKEA Malm Dresser
This easy DIY decorative addition to the Malm dresser is the perfect way to give the classic minimalist Malm look a touch of chicness. And on top of that, the rose gold elements complement the pureness of white just beautifully! (Photo credit: @retroflame)

Add a touch of elegance to your Malm dresser by incorporating rose gold accents. Simple decorative pieces in rose gold can instantly elevate the overall look and give it a touch of glamour. The combination of white and rose gold creates a stunning contrast that will catch everyone's attention.

2. Vintage Vibes with a Modern Twist

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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. (Photo credit: @ana.myhomedetails)

Combine the charm of vintage aesthetics with the sleekness of the Malm dresser. By replacing the knobs with decorative vintage ones and adding antique accessories, you can achieve a unique and eye-catching look. This creative blend of old and new will surely make a statement in your room.

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. (Photo credit: @radfind)

Embrace the trendy pink aesthetic by painting your Malm dresser in a soft, light pink shade. This delightful color will add a feminine and charming touch to any space. Pair it with motivational posters and fresh flowers to create a serene and inspiring work environment.

4. Bold and Colorful

IKEA Malm Dresser
Want something bold to spice up your living space? The IKEA Malm dresser could become your solution! Just simply paint the dresser your favorite 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! (Photo credit: @yasmeena_tb)

Inject a burst of color into your room by painting your Malm dresser in a vibrant shade, like deep red. To add more visual interest, use washi tape to create unique patterns or designs on the dresser. Complete the look by placing a colorful acrylic painting on top for an extra pop of artistic energy.

5. Make a Statement with Color-Blocking

IKEA Malm Dresser
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! (Photo credit: @coloraydecor)

Break away from traditional monochromatic furniture by embracing color-blocking. Choose two or more complementary colors and paint different sections of the Malm dresser in each shade. This eye-catching approach adds a modern and artistic touch to your space.

6. Effortless Transformation with Stick-On Wallpaper

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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.

If you want a quick and easy way to give your Malm dresser a fresh look, try using stick-on wallpaper. Choose a pattern or design that matches your style and cut it to fit the dimensions of your dresser. Simply peel and stick the wallpaper onto the dresser, and voila! Effortless transformation achieved.

7. Custom Fronts for a Whole New Look

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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! (Photo credit: @grayhousestudio)

For a more extensive makeover, consider replacing the drawer fronts of your Malm dresser with custom fronts from Norse. This simple switch can completely transform the look and feel of the piece. Choose from a variety of patterns and colors to create a unique and personalized dresser that reflects your style.

8. Turn it into a Stylish Work Desk

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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! (Photo credit: @flamingo.vale)

If you're in need of a work desk, repurpose your Malm dresser into the perfect solution. Place a wooden board on top of two Malm dressers to create a spacious and functional desk. Customize it with decorative items and accessories to make it uniquely yours.

9. Create a Glamorous Dressing Nook

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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. (Photo credit: @fabulousflatpack)

Transform your dressing room into a glamorous space by upgrading your Malm dressers. Paint them in a fashionable color, add decorative knobs, and place a long-standing mirror nearby. This stylish nook will make your outfit of the day photoshoots even more fabulous and provide a stunning backdrop for your daily fashion exploration.

10. Dream Workspace with Abundant Storage

IKEA Malm Dresser
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 never-ending creativity! (Photo credit: @anna_louisa_x)

Design your dream workspace by utilizing the Malm dresser as the foundation of a functional desk. Place a wooden board on top of two Malm dressers to create ample storage space for all your belongings. The spacious surface allows you to spread out and unleash your creativity.

11. Classy Minimalism with Decorative Panels

IKEA Malm Dresser
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 class to your all-white minimalism. Very Vogue-esque. (Photo credit: @renatejosefine)

Elevate the minimalistic aesthetic by replacing the plain white boards of your Malm dresser with decorative panels. Choose panels with classy patterns or designs that complement your all-white aesthetic. This simple upgrade adds a touch of sophistication to your space.

12. Bunk Beds with a Twist

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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. (Photo credit: @boligmagasinetdk)

If you're struggling with limited space and the need to accommodate your children's belongings, consider using the Malm dresser as the base for bunk beds. By cleverly integrating the dresser into the design, you not only provide additional storage but also create a unique and playful sleeping space for your little ones.

13. A Nursery Must-Have

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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! (Photo credit: @shelovestobehome)

The versatility of the Malm dresser extends to the nursery room as well. Use it as a dedicated storage space for your baby's essentials, such as diapers, clothes, and toys. You can even convert the top surface into a safe and convenient diaper changing station. The Malm dresser becomes a practical and stylish addition to your nursery.

14. A Unique Aquarium Base

IKEA Malm Dresser
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!

Unleash your creativity by using your Malm dresser as the base for a fish aquarium. This unique and unexpected combination not only adds visual interest to your space but also provides a safe and stable foundation for your aquatic pets. It's a creative and animal-friendly alternative to traditional wall art and plant decorations.

Let your imagination run wild and transform your IKEA Malm dresser into a personalized and stylish piece of furniture. With these 14 creative ideas, you can create a unique and stunning look that reflects your personality and adds a touch of flair to any room. So go ahead, get inspired, and let the customization begin!

For more tips and inspiration, follow @norseinteriors!

Author: Michelle Choi