I was recently given this chest of drawers/drawers table by a friend of mine.

Chest of drawers

But the problem is that because of the weight of the clothes (I pressume), the drawers have been deformed a litte bit.

Deformed drawer

Deformed drawer

Is there any way to fix this? It's this one, if you want to have a look at it.

Thank you so much in advance.

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Not so much the weight of clothes as low-quality construction/materials.

Possibly compounded by "self assembly" if self assembly is not done with care - the drawer bottom should be fully seated in that groove.

Making new bottoms out of actual plywood as opposed to whatever Ikea used for the drawer bottoms is a solution. It's relatively costly and equipment/skill-dependent.

Solutions that may be less work and expense are to attempt to disassemble and reassemble "better or tighter" - potentially with glue in the slot (which will interfere with any future disassembly) and/or to glue small strips of wood to the bottom and sides of the drawer to hold the bottom in place better.

If trying that, read the instructions (available from Ikea's website) with care - it's always possible that the original assembly was incorrect in some detail. Steps 24-27, mostly. The little wedge seen in your blurry last picture is supposed to be holding the bottom in the slot.

At the low end of that would be just getting the bottom into the slot and then running a bead of hot-melt glue along the seam, which is potentially removable if you ever want to take it apart again, and does not require any wood strips. Using wood strips is a bit more secure, perhaps.

  • If you want to preserve the option to disassemble in the future, avoid gluing. Instead, take the drawers apart and reassemble with the curved bottom oriented in the opposite direction, i.e. bowed upwards. Dec 20, 2020 at 17:12

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