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?

    • Ceres
      December 9, 2016 / 3:00 pm

      Hi Frieda, the knobs for her dresser was from a http://www.lookintheattic.com, I do love the ones from etsy tho! I think 4in 😘

  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 😘😘

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