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Need to reinforce a dresser

I have a three-drawer MALM from Ikea that I would like to reinforce in order to be able to hold a 20 gallon fish tank. The tank full of water and all accessories will probably be close to 200 pounds and I just doubt the MALM can support that weight on its own. My only thought it to add a thicker, stronger piece of wood to the back but wanted to know if anyone else had an idea that would give the MALM more support for the heavy fish tank.

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Posted 2018-03-26T22:45:30+0000  by arrobs arrobs
 
Hi arrobs,

I have Ikea office furniture in my home office, it is well made and I am very happy with the quality, however, a chest of drawers especially one made of particleboard is not the ideal base for a fish tank. Ikea has had issues with these chests tipping over on top of small children and the thought of placing a 200 pound fish tank on top of one gives me pause.

I would not recommend this application, simply because it could lead to a serious injury or even a child's death.
Buy a proper stand for your fish tank and enjoy the fish with peace of mind.

Mike
Posted 2018-03-26T23:55:23+0000  by Mike_HD_OC
 
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