Ikea Malm drawers change table nursery upholstery makeover

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Before Baby was born I prettied up this double width chest of Ikea Malm drawers we bought for his change table.

The idea for the project came from this tutorial and I posted about my inspiration here.

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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.

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I knew I wanted a fading ombre look and chose this scale of yellows in plain cotton.

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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.

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Then I got busy with the staple gun. Pulling the cotton tight over the edges of the drawers

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and folding around the corners.

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To finish off the inner edges of each drawer and hide the staples from tiny fingers I used fabric tape from Bunnings. Mine was white because the drawers were but this stuff comes in heaps of colours.

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I gave each drawer a few coats of Scotchguard as I finished it to project it from grubby fingers. And that's it. We're four and a half months in to operation Baby now and the drawers are holding up well.

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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.


  1. It is a very nice upgrade. It's sophisticated and classy. I, for one, was never into "baby" stuff for babies, always liked a less froo-froo look. I also like that you chose colors other than pastels. Good job, Mom.

  2. Love the rug! Where is it from?

  3. The rug is ikea too. One of my faves.

  4. What a great hack! I've never worked with fabric at all before and am unsure what to look for in a fabric if I attempt a similar project for my nursery. Can you give me any tips? Is just 100% cotton fabric fine or is there something more specific? Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. Hello,
      Sorry for the late reply. I used 100% cotton fabric and had good results. I gave everything a good coat of scotchguard spray but my son is 18 months old now and the drawers are still looking good. Good luck!

  5. This is such a great idea to the makeover chagnign table and turn into the new look. It's really looking very nice with this different color cotton. This tutorial is really useful for a parent to makeover their baby stuffs.

    baby changer

  6. Where did you get the changing pad/cover? I can't find any that look that thick and awesome!

    1. Hi,
      Our change pad cover was purchased in store from here:
      It was a few years ago though so I'm not sure if they have the same models now. Sorry I can't be more help.

  7. Do you still use this blog? I really was hoping for an answer :(

  8. Hi,

    Great idea! I was wondering what kind of staple gun you used? Does it have to be heavy duty or will a basic one do? Thanks!