Fixing old IKEA Malm saggy drawers. For free.

Let me start with this – I do hate new Malm’s drawer chests. 3, 4 or even 6 drawers, doesn’t matter.
From top to bottom. Quality is terrible, some metal parts been switched to plastic one, unnecessary heavy MDF inserts, new designs are… Bad. Just bad.
In other hand we do have lots of old style MALM’s. And we love them. In my opinion this series was one of the IKEA’s best ever made.

Saggy problem

They are getting hard to find nowadays.
The best place to look is local craigslist. You may find them really cheap or even for free.
But most of chests will have common problem – saggy drawers.

For some reason for years MALM chests been selling without any support for drawers. We still have our first MALM 3-drawer chest back form 2005 and our last one purchased from IKEA not long before they start calling them off, six from craigslist – and none of them, not a single one, came with drawer support. No surprise they bow other the time. We took good care of ours, but even they were saggy enough to became a problem. You can imagine “sagginess” of drawers we picked up from CL…


You can google it and will find dozens of ideas on how to fix it – from simply “glue it” to “re-cut dados” and “build it from zero”
But I found a better way and it’s totally free.

And it’s as simple as it could be.
Just call this number 1 (888) 888-4532 IKEA Customer support, tell them you have bunch (or just a few) MALM drawer chests, all drawers are saggy and in order to fix it you need to place an order for part number 123833. Order as many as you’ll need. I’d ordered 20+ to fix all drawers.
It’s free of any charge / free shipping. My came from Canada (sic!) instead of two local IKEA stores.
You’ll receive it within 14 business days / no questions asked.
Then follow instructions from IKEA and install it.
That is it, guys 🙂

And one more advice.
If your piece of furniture from IKEA on the way to dumpster, spend five minutes and get as many parts from it as you can. Especially all metal parts, will thank me later 🙂

What do you think?
If you like it, don’t be shy to drop comment or two, or just share it – this would be very helpful for us!

4 thoughts on “Fixing old IKEA Malm saggy drawers. For free.

    1. Unfortunately no, sorry.
      However I was able to order it twice – for my Malm’s and almost year later for my sister’s.
      As a matter of fact my first call was rejected by IKEA rep, but second person accepted my order without any questions.
      Maybe you should give it one more try? Or, and it’s possible too, IKEA changed part number and you need to ask for drawer support for Malm instead of given then that number.

  1. Thanks for posting this hack! I was about to throw out my old Malm drawers because I’m finally sick of the sagginess. Now I can extent its life and love a bit longer with this EASY and COST FREE hack. double thumbs up

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