A Super Easy Ikea Dresser Hack

Hi Dolls!
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen my hack of the Ikea Malm dresser. This is a super easy hack that will transform your Ikea dresser from blah to WOW in a few steps! I always get tons of questions on it and everyone is surprised that it’s actually an Ikea dresser.

What you will need:

For this Ikea hack, I used two Malm dressers of four drawers. They are two separate dressers that I placed together, not glued or attached, but I guess if you want to, you could probably attach them. On top, I added the glass top so it look seamless, this makes a huge difference, otherwise it would probably look a little weird lol! Now, you may notice that I have these dressers both in my room and in Sophia’s room. What I love about this dressers is that they hold a lot, the drawers are huge! If you have little ones like I do, make sure you secure the dressers to the wall to avoid any accidents.

Ikea hack, brass knobs

Ikea hack, brass knobs

Ikea hack with brass knobs

Ikea hack, brass knobs

Glam it up:

Now the fun part, the knobs!! I loveee brass or lucite knobs, so for the bedroom dresser I used brass ring pulls, and for Sophia’s room I used a lucite and brass pulls for a more vintage look.

Here are some of my favorite knobs:

Favorite Brass Knobs
1234, 5, 6, 7, 8

How to install the drawer knobs:

To attach the knobs, use a cabinet mounting template (like this) and measure top to bottom and side to side to make sure that the holes are aligned. Use a regular drill bit to make your holes and attach the knobs with the hardware provided. Done!

I absolutely love how they look now, it gives the dresser a more glam look. Have you done any Ikea hacks? Dont forget to check out my hack of the Ikea Kallax unit here and subscribe for more prettiness delivered to your inbox!

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With Love,


  1. Leslie
    June 26, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Hello, I love this look, one question however. What was the measurement for how long the knobs had to be. In this case the malm dresser panels are very thin, how did you make sure they weren’t too long for the panels? What site did you use for the exact knob you went with? I want to achieve the same exact look, thanks.

    • Ceres
      July 14, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      I didn’t really measure the knobs, most are cabinet knobs which should work well for the Ikea dresser. The round knobs are from lookintheattick.com, its linked above 🙂

  2. Ebony
    November 7, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Did you use one glass top for the dresser or two? What size?

    • Ceres
      November 10, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Just one, I bought the top for the double dresser. xoxo

      • April 3, 2017 / 9:17 pm

        Hi, love the glass top idea. Where would I be able to get that?

        • April 3, 2017 / 9:22 pm

          Oops I juse saw u purchazed it in ikea lol sorry, what size would it be?

          • Ceres
            April 3, 2017 / 9:36 pm

            I got the size for the 6 drawer one, since I have 2 units of 4 drawers. It fits perfectly ?

  3. frieda
    November 28, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Hi, i love sophias malm with the pulls. i found them on etsy through your site but they come in a bunch of sizes, which size did you buy?

  4. Bri
    December 20, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Hi! I am attempting the same project but having issues with the legs- how did you add the legs on?

    • Ceres
      January 19, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      Hi Bri! I did not add legs to the malm dresser. I got the four drawer one, which is pretty high already. Hope that helps!

  5. March 1, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    I can’t even deal with the cuteness and glam luxe feel in these furniture pieces, love the details.

    • Ceres
      March 1, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Aweee thank you so much Ariana ?

  6. Caraline
    June 25, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Where did you get the adorable brass teddy bear?

    • Ceres
      June 25, 2017 / 8:25 pm

      I found it at Homegoods! ?

  7. Lisa
    August 1, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Hi – are the brass knobs the ‘Polished Brass’ option from look in the attic? Thanks!

    • Ceres
      August 3, 2017 / 10:19 am

      Hi Lisa! Yes, polished brass!!

    • Ceres
      August 6, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Hi Lisa! Yes, polished brass ??

        • Ceres
          August 15, 2017 / 8:10 am

          Hi Lisa, yes, that is the dresser!

      • Lisa
        September 6, 2017 / 11:21 am

        Hi Ceres, I would remove the link to in the attic- they are slow reply to emails, phone rings out and are asking for extra money to ship even though it was included in the first charge. Wouldn’t like anyone else to suffer the same issue.

        • Ceres
          September 6, 2017 / 12:00 pm

          Oh that’s crazy. I didn’t have any issues w them. Need to find someone that sells these knobs. Thanks for letting me know! ?

  8. Cibele Flamurtari
    August 26, 2017 / 10:48 am

    did you add legs to this dresser?

    • Ceres
      August 26, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Hi Cibele, no I did not… ?

  9. Ali
    September 11, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Hi Ceres,
    I know you can secure the Malm units to walls, but how did you secure the glass table top so it doesn’t fall or slide? Thanks!

    • Ceres
      September 15, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      The glass top came w those little plastic dots, I just use them. Mine never really move much!

  10. Shannon
    September 16, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Where did you get the pink high heels on the dresser?

    • Ceres
      October 17, 2017 / 11:47 am

      Hi Shannon,
      Its an old one from Manolos!

  11. Karen
    September 21, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Hi Ceres,

    Do you have the link of the knobs on yours? They look amazing!

    • Ceres
      October 5, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Hi Karen! Both knobs I used are linked in the post! ?

  12. September 24, 2017 / 2:06 am

    Where did you get the pink high heels

    • Ceres
      October 5, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Hi Shannon! They are Manolo’s from a while Ago… ???

  13. Ashley
    October 15, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    The MALM series sits on the floor, do you have yours sitting on something?

    • Ceres
      October 15, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Hi doll, mine sits on the floor too! ?

  14. SELENA
    October 27, 2017 / 8:19 pm


    For the brass ring pulls, are those 3inch or 2inch?

    • Ceres
      November 2, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Hi Selena, They are the 3in ones!

  15. Christina
    January 4, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    Hi Ceres,

    The link for the glass top doesn’t seem to be working. Do you know if ikea still sells it?

    I love what you did, I am trying to replicate it! 🙂


  16. Alexis Morgan
    January 10, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    You’re getting questions about the legs because in your last picture there appears to be gap between the bottom of the drawer and your floor, hence the reason the cowhide rug appears to go under the dresser! I purchased two 4-drawer chests and knobs in an attempt to copy this look, however I do wish the dresser had legs on it (it sits flush to the floor all the way across) and I am now having buyer’s remorse. Do you have another picture of the dresser from the front showing the bottom of yours??

    • Ceres
      January 10, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Hi Alexis! Check out my instagram @designsbyceres, I have tons of pictures there 😘😘

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