With all the hype and buzz surrounding the tragic deaths of kids from tipping furniture lately, I felt it would be appropriate to repost this article that I wrote a few years ago, and hopefully save a life. PLEEEEASE take the time to anchor your furniture to the wall. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
After I posted about this mid-century hutch, we got an overwhelming number of requests for more information on ‘anchoring’ furniture to the wall for safety purposes. After doing some research, I realized there are a lot of statistics and ‘scare stories’ about injuries and deaths caused by tipping furniture, but not a lot of info on how to prevent it. So let’s talk!
Ever since reading this heartbreaking story, I’ve been very passionate about furniture safety. Honestly, I hadn’t given it much thought before this. I was astounded to learn that 71 children per day are injured by tipping furniture, and every 2 weeks a child dies from their injuries. So much tragedy… I almost can’t let my heart go there.
Let's start with some facts:
- Every two weeks, a child dies from an appliance, TV or furniture falling onto them
- Every day, 71 children are injured from an appliance, TV or furniture falling onto them
- 45% of the time, it happens in the bedroom
- 22% in the living room
- 4% in the kitchen
- 29% OTHER
- More than half of injuries are from a television falling
- Next is dressers / buffets
These tragedies can be prevented by taking low-cost steps to stabilize furniture, TV's and appliances. It only takes a couple minutes to anchor these items.
So here are several ways you can anchor your furniture to the wall to protect your family.
The most simple and cheap option (for dressers only) is to remove the top drawer and screw the backboard of the dresser directly to the wall behind it …and then replace the drawer. If you can’t find a stud to screw into, be sure to use drywall anchors. This is only a good option if your dresser/bookshelf has a solid wood backing… NOT that flimsy particle board.
Another option is furniture anchor straps. There are several different kinds / brands. These are SO INEXPENSIVE my people. Kinda gives us all no excuse. Each one is simple to install, and provides step-by-step instructions on mounting. Click each pic below for more options:
One simple solution that WE often use on our own furniture (and what we used on this hutch) is a simple L-Bracket. This method does leave holes on the top of your furniture… but in our case, we don’t have anything new or expensive in our house, so it’s no biggie for us. HOLES IN YOUR FURNITURE > INJURED CHILD.
Let’s move onto tipping televisions, since they account for 70% of all furniture-tipping-injuries. Obviously mounting your TV high on the wall (or above the fireplace) is ideal. But some of us use a buffet or low dresser to host our TV, and that’s where things can get scary.
Here are a couple excellent options. Click each pic for more detailed info.
If you haven’t already secured your tip-able furniture to the wall, I implore you to make it a priority if you have children in the house (whether your own or visiting). Such a simple and inexpensive fix can save a life of a little one!
Pin the image below and help spread the word!