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08-13-2015 03:42 PM
kona73 I started last night modding my dresser. Reinforcing the bottom and top inside the dresser with 2x4's, as they will fit without giving the drawers grief. I cut and painted 3/8 plywood to go on the sides, back and top. Basically a "shell" around the sides to give it some real strength to it. Will be putting it together tonight. Even with just the 6 - 2x4's in there it is beginning to be a lot stronger. The top will have the 2x4's, dresser top an the new plywood top to support the weight across the top. the sides and back will support the top all the way down to the floor.
08-13-2015 01:55 PM
MJB13
AYou could use...

You could use pretty much any piece of furnature for a 10-15 gallon tank.

I used a octagonal end table I found in someones curbside garbage, and it still looks better than the PetSmartCo ones!
08-12-2015 08:36 PM
GraphicGr8s
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Originally Posted by kona73 View Post
yah, I thought with the plywood on top, ( painted black to match) and some 1x6 on the back side it would give the extra strength to hold this up.
Try it. What's the worst that can happen?
08-12-2015 08:27 PM
kona73 yah, I thought with the plywood on top, ( painted black to match) and some 1x6 on the back side it would give the extra strength to hold this up.
08-12-2015 07:36 PM
Kubla
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but I'm fairly sure ikeas crap furniture is made to at least handle that amount of weight.
Ikea certainly does sell some crap furniture but they also sell some heavy duty stuff. The main desk at my office is Ikea. I wouldn't hesitate to put 100 gal tank on it. On the other hand, I bought a stand made for a 29 gal at Petco. After I assembled it, I disassembled it, packed it up and took it back. No way would I put a tank full of water on it.
08-12-2015 07:20 PM
GraphicGr8s
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I wanted to keep using the drawers on the malm for the kids clothes, etc. their room isnt the biggest around, so space is a consideration.
So build the stand with drawers. Use a decent cabinet grade plywood and proper joinery and you'll have a dresser stand that will last for generations. Figure your cutting right and you can use the old drawers and save making them. But making drawers isn't all that difficult anyway. Same as making any box. With out the top of course.

If it's what I saw on the Ikea site then I wouldn't trust it for the weight of the tank. Plus it would be extremly top heavy.
08-12-2015 06:14 PM
kona73 I wanted to keep using the drawers on the malm for the kids clothes, etc. their room isnt the biggest around, so space is a consideration.
08-12-2015 04:16 PM
somewhatshocked You should consider building a stand if you're going to do all that with the Malm.

Do a quick search here on the forum (the search function works really well) for DIY stands. There's a really simple design by hydrophyte, if you want to search his posts, that could serve as inspiration.
08-12-2015 03:16 PM
kona73 Hello,
Sorry to bring this thread back to life, but I recently bought a 32 gallon bow front tank. I am going to put it on top of a Malm dresser. I plan to put a sheet of plywood on the top of the dresser to reduce the bending of the partical board on top. I may also use some 1x6 planks I have and cut them to fit behind the dresser to secure to the new plywood. I know your saying why not get a stand? It came wth a stand that is really low to the ground. I wanted the tank up high as the kids in the room have bunk beds and can see it really well.

Thoughts? Any would be great. I had a 10 gal on that dresser for years. Now that our fish had babies, I wanted to get something bigger for them to cruise around in.
04-04-2013 05:05 PM
DieFranz
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Originally Posted by minicrazy592 View Post
Yup 20g long. Everything is a finished surface, but I still put it together with epoxy and sealed up the joints. I also reversed the install directions for the shelves in the center so I could have an extra vertical support and make it easier to fit my equipment underneath.
Genius! I am literally getting in the car right now to pick up a black/brown Expedit with one door insert unit. It should fit my new 13.3g bowfront with a little room to spare.
02-03-2013 06:03 AM
TeteRouge
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Originally Posted by giantdny View Post
If you use ikea just wood glue the dowels and when you screw something in. Makes it permanent but 20 times stronger. You should be fine!
+1 I bought a knock down computer desk and thought it felt a bit flimsy when I dry-fitted it, so I wood-glued the dowels and the joining surfaces, and added a few screws to weight bearing joints. 10 years later, it's still as solid as a rock. Did it with an aquarium stand as well.
02-03-2013 03:34 AM
Silmarwen That sounds brilliant. I think that the vertical sides help the weight limit a lot. Otherwise, the inside shelves are also much thinner. But I imagine an additional piece of hardwood laminate would go a long way towards reinforcing the top just to have it there. I love the idea, though, I'll definitely be looking into it.
02-02-2013 03:46 AM
creekbottom I have the Expedit but the 8 cube one, although I'm not using it for a fish tank. The thicker outer pieces are solid, but it's veneer over a particle board kind of thing. My guess is they only give 29 pounds because those shelves are only held in with the wood dowels. It took some with a hammer to get everything in the holes but it's a solid unit once it's assembled.
02-02-2013 03:43 AM
giantdny
Is there a piece of IKEA Furniture to hold a tank

If you use ikea just wood glue the dowels and when you screw something in. Makes it permanent but 20 times stronger. You should be fine!
02-02-2013 03:22 AM
CuriousAmerican
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Originally Posted by hisxlency View Post
great thread. I just picked up a 30G and now im hunting for a cheap stand thats strong enough to hold the tank and hide a canister under.
The expedit looks great, but it lists at only 29lbs per shelf

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20135300/

Does IKEA underrate its furniture

Click on read more ... and then scroll down and it gives only 29# per shelf

Is the top panel solid or hollowed out on the expedit?

If that is solid, it should be able to support a ton on the top. Why are the shelves rated so low.
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