Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.
Though easy on the eyes and wallet, Ikea’s popular Malm dressers and chests have unfortunately also caused a number of injuries and deaths over the years, as they easily tip over if not anchored to the wall. In June 2016, the Swedish retailer issued an unprecedented recall of 29 million Malm dressers and chests in the U.S. and pulled the three-, four-, and six-drawer Malm models from its website. And now, Ikea has put out the recall for a second time, after an eighth child was killed under a fallen Malm dresser earlier this year.
The full Malm dresser range—from the two-drawer to the six-drawer—are still online, but each product now comes with hardware to help customers heed Ikea’s warning that the furniture “must be permanently fixed to the wall.”
If you’re in the market for a relatively affordable, modern dresser, and want to look beyond Ikea, there are options. Check out these sleek alternatives, all coming in under $500. If dirt-cheap is what you’re going after, Ikea currently offers the more compact, Malm-like Kullen chests in two-drawer ($29.99), three-drawer ($39.99), and six-drawer ($79) versions.
No matter what you choose, remember that there are currently only voluntary stability standards in the industry, so caution around upright furniture is advisable and affixing pieces to the wall is a good safety measure—especially if children will be involved.