Description: Before my son was born I prettied up a double width chest of Ikea Malm drawers we bought for his change table.
In hindsight, this probably wasn’t the best project to undertake heavily pregnant as it involved a fair amount of crawling around on the floor, but I’d still rate it a pretty easy DIY.
I used a thin piece of quilt batting underneath the fabric to give the front of each drawer a nice squishiness. I laid each drawer, face down on a cut out rectangle of fabric with the batting between them.
Then I got busy with the staple gun. Pulling the cotton tight over the edges of the drawers and folding around the corners.
To finish off the inner edges of each drawer and hide the staples from tiny fingers I used fabric tape.
I gave each drawer a few coats of Scotchguard as I finished it to project it from stains.
And that’s it. We’re four and a half months in to parenthood now and the drawers are holding up well.
I didn’t use any glue in this project as the staple gun held everything tightly enough. I like the idea that down the track when Baby is older I can remove all the fabric and return the drawers to their original state or redecorate them without too much drama.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.