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.
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.
~ by Steve Passmoor
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:
Measure the length and height of the spar.
Cut a piece of scrap wood according to the measurements.
Remove the existing hardware from the MALM dresser.
Attach a bracket on each end of the cut scrap wood.
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