Hackers Help: Fix broken Spar on MALM Chest?

As you can see in the attached photos, my MALM drawers have developed a broken spar. (I have to presume through transportation when we moved house).

Fix broken Spar on MALM Chest?


My partner did a bodge fix by putting white tape around it, but it naturally stays in a bent position now. I will be asking if I can get a replacement spar from the workshop next time I’m in IKEA.

Fix broken Spar on MALM Chest?

My question is, is it possible/ is there a method to replace this spar without having to take the majority of the unit to pieces?

We are intending to update the furniture in our bedroom and my step-daughter will be receiving the drawers, I’d like for her to have it complete, rather than with the broken spar as it is now.

Thanks everyone.

~ by Steve Passmoor


Hi Steve

Yes, with my method, you can attach the new spar onto the dresser without dismantling the whole thing. You’ll just need to remove the drawers. If you do get a new spar from IKEA, just ditch the screw and dowel — secure it with 2 small L-brackets.

I have the same problem with my MALM 4-drawer chest. Here’s a video of how I fixed it.

The steps to repair a broken spar are:

  1. Measure the length and height of the spar.
  2. Cut a piece of scrap wood according to the measurements.
  3. Remove the existing hardware from the MALM dresser.
  4. Attach a bracket on each end of the cut scrap wood.
  5. Screw scrap wood onto the MALM frame.
  6. Done!

Related: Adding this furniture wrap to the MALM changed everything

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