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Chest of drawers

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Guest2, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Guest2


    Joined: May 6, 2009

    Posts: 13,444

    I am looking for a medium - large side chest of drawers for my bedroom and 2x lamp tables.

    Are there any recommended websites that sell good quality drawers without paying a fortune?

    M&S and John Lewis look like they have some really nice ones but slightly out my price range unless there is a sale on e.g. this but im looking for light natural colour - https://www.marksandspencer.com/hastings-4-2-chest-soft-white/p/p60183141?prevPage=plp

    Roseland furniture do some nice looking stuff for a good price but have read reviews about the drawers sticking due to quality of drawer running. I was looking at something like this -

    Anyway, thanks in advance
  2. Maundie

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    Joined: Oct 20, 2010

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  3. Guest2


    Joined: May 6, 2009

    Posts: 13,444

  4. vanandjuanunited


    Joined: Oct 20, 2005

    Posts: 5,187

    From ikea site


    • Support rail, back: Particleboard
    • Drawer bottom: Fibreboard, Acrylic paint
    • Back: Fibreboard
    • Top panel/ Side panel/ Drawer front/ Rail: Particleboard, Oak veneer, Clear acrylic lacquer
  5. Zefan


    Joined: Jan 15, 2006

    Posts: 29,072

    Location: Tosche Station

    Roseland quality isn't great. We got one of their sideboards and although parts of it were solid wood, it was very apparent that wherever possible they skimped out, even to the point where the magnetic door catches had clearly been reused from another piece. It was sent back rapidly.

    That IKEA unit will 100% not be solid wood, I've seen the MALM many times and it is definitely coated particleboard.

    I'd get busy on Gumtree and eBay. Failing that, a local independent furniture refurbishing place. Some old pieces can be brought back to life miraculously with a little effort. It may cost a bit more than some of the second hand bargains on Gumtree/eBay but it can be worth it.
  6. darael


    Joined: Jul 10, 2010

    Posts: 3,886

    What is the quality of Ikea furniture like these days? I get that it isn't premium, therefore I don't expect a premium product. But how long could I expect something such as these drawers to last?
  7. andy_mk3


    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 8,329

    Location: Lincolnshire

    Had my MALM stuff for 5 or 6 years I think? Still as good as new. Not solid wood, but very good quality still IMO.
  8. eviled


    Joined: Sep 25, 2016

    Posts: 467

  9. Hedge


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 17,008

    Location: Somewhere in the middle.

    Malm are ikeas bottom end. Perfectly fine for people on a budget but ikea do actually sell some better quality stuff.

    Id personally be looking on gumtree for some solid wood stuff.

    Like anything you get what you pay for. But it doesn't mean something cheap can't be functional.
  10. The_Abyss


    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 11,265

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    We've got some Malm stuff that we bought as a cheap and quick solution around 10 years ago. It has survived a house move and still works just fine, although it does fade in sunlight. It'll definitely be replaced with some more solid though.
  11. a1ex2001


    Joined: Mar 14, 2005

    Posts: 11,205

    Location: Here and There...

    That’s a two second fix and common to all flat pack furniture, glue the bottoms in and suddenly they will take twice the weight without the bottoms falling out I still can’t believe it’s not in the instructions!

    Ikea stuff while not solid wood or the sort of quality that will make an heirloom is incredible for the money and will last well. We are slowly ditching all ikea furniture just because we want something more unique but none of it has failed in a decade of use and the second hand value is suprisingly good!
  12. paintguy


    Joined: Feb 13, 2003

    Posts: 2,727

    Location: Sheffield

    Similar story here, if you just want something to do the job then Malm is hard to beat for the price. Some of ours has been in use for over a decade and has survived 2 house moves, which is the usual killer of cheap flat-pack.
  13. RockLobster

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    Joined: Sep 2, 2007

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    As someone else mentioned we have MALM the only thing is the bottoms tend to fall out.
  14. ttaskmaster


    Joined: Sep 11, 2013

    Posts: 8,175

    Location: Reading, UK

    You'd be better off looking for second hand solid wood furniture, either at dedicated shops (usually small independents), house clearance, charity shops or most likely ebay.
    We just got a load of solid stuff for about half what Ikea costs (including the fuel for collection).
  15. UTT


    Joined: Mar 2, 2018

    Posts: 27

    Find out where your local auctions are and keep an eye on what they have coming up.

    You can get some real nice solid wood, even period pieces, for knock down prices and the quality is bang on.
  16. Burned_Alive


    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 11,404

    Location: Cheshire

    We've had various Malm furniture over the years including two pairs of bedside tables and never had an issue with the bottoms falling out!
  17. LiE


    Joined: Aug 2, 2005

    Posts: 18,454

    Location: Milton Keynes

  18. Sasahara


    Joined: Feb 12, 2009

    Posts: 3,720

    My Malm are 3.5 years old and are fine. The bottom draw is full of manga. The do have a metal brace down the middle under the draw, I don't know if all the older versions had this.
  19. MassiveJim

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    Joined: Feb 22, 2014

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    We have Malm, yes it does its job but by god they are ugly. (although the thin drawers don't look too bad in my office)

    Looking to get rid of our last 2 bedroom units as soon I get round to gluing them.
    Not the bottoms, but the bar that covers the gap between drawers, about 4 broken ones due to the missus ramming too many clothes in a single drawer.
  20. TheOracle


    Joined: Sep 30, 2005

    Posts: 10,892

    MALM are awful, awful quality. Think Argos cheap stuff from the early 2000s (that phase when they had really, REALLY terrible products)

    Spend your hard earned money on something better