Transform your ordinary Ikea dresser into a stylish statement piece with these DIY leather drawer pulls for an easy and affordable Ikea dresser hack!
We love the Ikea Malm dresser. But don’t you ever wish it had drawer pulls? Technically, the dresser is purposely designed without the need for pulls. But we always find it easier for dressers to have handles.
So when we saw Improvised Life’s blog tutorial for cabinet pulls, we took the same concept and applied it to an Ikea Malm dresser in our guest room.
Creating DIY leather pulls for your Ikea Malm dresser is an easy way to add a touch of rustic elegance to this popular piece of furniture.
The Malm line is very basic and simple, which allows for a nice blank canvas to apply your own touches. There are lots of creative dresser hacks for this particular line, but we’ve found these DIY leather pulls to be the most affordable and functional.
And the great thing about this hack is that it can be applied to any dresser brand or any furniture piece with cabinets. Here’s how you can recreate this look:
Materials and Tools Needed Materials for a DIY Ikea Dresser Hack
Leather square — Amount needed is dependent on how many drawers you have and how long and wide you want the handles to be. If you have leftover leather scraps, there are so many other DIY projects that you can use them for, like making your own bar tags or luggage tags.
Nails — We opted for gold nails for that subtle pizzazz and bling. The frame of the Malm dresser is made of sturdy particleboard, while the drawers are crafted from solid wood. So make sure you opt for a nail meant for wood projects.
Sharp scissors or an Exacto knife — To cut your leather.
How to Make Leather Drawer Pulls
1 — Cut the desired length for your leather pulls. Ours measured 2″ wide.
2 — Fold the leather strip in half to create your leather pull.
3 — Position the leather pull to the top portion of the draw. To secure it in place, hammer in 2 nails. Repeat the process for each drawer.
Optional: Condition the Leather
If desired, apply a leather conditioner or wax to protect and enhance the appearance of the pulls. This step is especially important if you’re using vintage or untreated leather. Give the pulls some time to set and for any leather conditioner or wax to be absorbed.
Easy Ways to Prep Your Guest Bedroom
We love this DIY project since it is not only cost-effective but also allows you to infuse your personal style into your furniture.
Creating a warm and inviting guest bedroom is a thoughtful way to make your guests feel comfortable and welcome in your home. Here are some tips to help you achieve this —
Set up a snack and beverage station:
Treat them to cookies and refreshments because who doesn’t love homemade chocolate chip cookies?!?
Create a relaxing ambience:
Provide lots of storage:
Your guests will appreciate an empty dresser for their clothes. If you don’t have an empty closet, hang hooks in the bedroom. We actually use our guest bedroom closet for storage so we purchased a full length mirror with hooks in the back.
Document those memories:
Have a polaroid mini camera for them to snap their favorite memories!
More Easy Ikea Hacks
- How to add rattan to dressers
- Ikea Vanity DIY
- Our Kids Playroom Idea With Faux Built Ins
- Ikea Stikwood DIY Headboard
DIY Leather Drawer Pulls for an Ikea Dresser Hack
- Xacto knife or scissors for cutting the leather
- 1 leather square
- 6 nail or more depending on your number of drawers
- Cut the desired length for your leather pulls. Ours measured 2 1/2" wide.
- Fold the leather strip in half to create your leather pull.
- Position the leather pull to the top portion of the draw. To secure it in place, hammer in 2 nails. Repeat the process for each drawer.