Originally Posted by Douglas
Shot in the dark here: Can anyone recommend a source for good, cheap dressers? I'm looking for something long and low, like Ikea MALM, which is close to perfect, but Ikea drawers, with the masonite or cardboard drawer bottoms, just don't hold up well enough for me to want to go there again. Long-term I would like a nice piece of furniture, but given that a dresser in the bedroom is about item #100 on a 1000-item list, I don't want to spend much more than a couple hundred bucks if it will get me through to when I can do something nicer.
Antique would be considered, but I've been looking and haven't found anything quite right - it seems to me that a more modern scandinavian look is what would work for me. I have sources for vintage scandinavian, but I find that stuff is often too small.
I've had a malm 4-drawer dresser and 2-drawer nightstand for years and they have held up quite well through several moves (just make sure everything's tight every once and a while).
The cardboard drawer bottoms are terrible though. You can try and reinforce the backs (usually what happens is the back of the drawer bows out enough to let the drawer bottom out) which will hold them better, but eventually someone is going to try and stuff 5 shirts too many in the drawer and it will become a problem.
If you replace the bottoms with actual masonite or a thin plywood, they are significantly sturdier. If you wanted to go overboard, I think you could run a strip of .5"x/5" down the back of the drawer and tack it to both the back of the drawer and the bottom (since it is always the back that pulls out).
They are probably smaller than you want, but the IKEA Rast dressers are actually very sturdy...just they are more like nightstand size. They are entirely unfinished pine which is why they are so cheap ($35 a piece), but you can finish them however you want (and two of them hacked into a single side-by-side unit gets you long and low):
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