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An Easy Way to Secure Furniture for Safety

When I was little, my family home had a den. Yes, that’s what we called man caves in the 70s. My dad had his desk, his big black vinyl armchair, and the TV in this room. My sisters and I spent a lot of time in this room; duh, the TV was there.

It had wall-to-wall shelving, another characteristic of the 70s. It was filled floor to ceiling with books.

Until the day that I tried to climb the shelves to get something higher up.

You know the story. My sisters and I were buried in an avalanche of books — and my mother got a few more white hairs.

I’ve always remembered that image, and thanked God that no one was killed, maimed, or injured. Yet, did that make me diligent to secure my own shelves to the wall?

No, it didn’t.

How easy is it to mean to do something and then not do it? How easy would it have been for one of my kids to attempt to climb our schoolroom shelves and knock it all down? And earthquakes? Yeah, those suckers would fall right over if the Big One hit.

Since this is a room we use a lot, this was an important thing to remedy.

Securing furniture for safety

Last month when we were staging for life, we also took some safety measures as concerns our tall furniture. It’s so easy. There really isn’t an excuse for not taking care of it today.

But, you knew that already.

OK, admittedly, it was a pain to empty all those schoolroom shelves, but I was putting old books in storage anyway, so it was a perfect time. And a little pain now can prevent a lot of pain later. Life lesson for me to remember.

Securing tall and or heavy furniture to the wall can prevent serious accident or injury.

These L hooks are available at any hardware store. The ones that FishPapa bought are about 2 inches in each direction.

Measure the height of your furniture and mark that on your wall. Secure the L hooks to the wall studs with screws at the marked level. (Screws hold better than nails. It must go into the stud.)

Shove your furniture (book case or dresser) up to the wall and then screw the top of the L hook into the furniture. Like this:

Easy peasy. Those suckers aren’t going anywhere easily. And I rest a little better knowing that should someone get the urge to climb, ahem, it might not be such a big deal.

Do you secure your furniture for safety?

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this. I’ve read about a couple of heart-wrenching accidents that have made me put this on my to-do list, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. Bumping this up the priority list now. Thanks.

  2. We use the same brackets to secure ours. We started out securing ours just against earthquakes, but now with two little ones, I’m glad to know that they aren’t going anywhere.

  3. There are lots of other styles too, in case you need to secure a piece of furniture without making holes in the top of it. They’re more difficult to install, but they work well.

  4. Great post! Thank you! I have known that terrifying moment of having a 2 year old screaming from underneath a dresser, not knowing if he was okay while I tried to get it off of him. So thank you for helping others avoid that. We ALWAYS secure any furniture that could tip.

  5. YES I do. I think about this all the time, especially after having read about a blogger whose 2 year old son died when he climbed up onto a piece of furniture and the television fell on him. So tragic.

  6. We had a minor incident with a dress recently. Since its a nice dresser I would prefer something that ist seen from the front. I know these straps are made, but I am absolutely amazed every store Ive walked in to do not carry them. To be fair babies r us were out of stock. It seems the only way to get them is to order them online. I believe these safety divices should be as easy to get as cabinet locks!

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