How To Anchor Furniture To The Wall

At this point, there aren’t many parents who haven’t seen the video of a young child pushing a fallen dresser off his twin brother. In case you’re one of the few, here’s the video in question or you can watch below. I think most parents will agree that this is a nightmare for child safety. In the aftermath of this incident, people are rightly beginning to look at their own furniture and looking for ways they can make it more secure. Learning how to anchor furniture to the wall and prevent furniture tip-overs is hugely important. How can you prevent furniture tip-overs? In truth, every parent needs a furniture anti-tip kit, and to follow our quick guide to preventing furniture tipping over onto your kids or pets.

Center of Gravity

A lot of modern furniture is designed to maximize its floor footprint. This means that a lot of tall cabinets, dressers, and freestanding wardrobes are quite shallow in depth with a very high center of gravity. This drastically increases the risk of them tipping over, especially if you have heavy items stored in the upper levels.

This is where learning how to anchor furniture to drywall is essential. The key is to ensure that you secure the item of furniture in a way that negates its center of gravity. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the center of gravity, the higher the anchor should be.

How To Anchor Furniture To The Wall

If your furniture lies straight up against the wall, then securing it is easy. You’ll need two shelf frames or brackets, some screws, a drill and a screwdriver. First, use a stud locator to find the stud – if your house is of light frame construction. Using a pencil, mark the top of the item of furniture with a pencil, remove the item and then drill the frames into the wall on that line. Slowly slide the item of furniture in under the brackets and, then, using a screwdriver, carefully secure the bracket to the top of the furniture. This secures the piece in place extremely securely and, whatever else happens, it certainly won’t be tipping over.

Unfortunately, for some people, the layout of their home prevents them from securing their furniture to the walls with a bracket in this manner. The furniture might not be suitable for directly securing onto the wall, or the depth of your skirting board might make it impossible. And that’s before we get into things like a rental lease preventing such measures.

In this instance, you can anchor your large furniture with multiple velcro wall anchors. These powerful anchors allow you to stick a solid hook or clasp behind the item of furniture and on the wall itself. You can then join the two hooks with a piece of steel wire or a strong plastic cable.

When you have separation between the anchor and the furniture, spotting the center of gravity is even more important. It’s wise to use four anchors in these situations – two at the top and two just below the middle – to spread the load evenly. This way, you aren’t relying on just one anchor. Make sure you get velcro anchors that are rated for above 20lbs of force each.

These tips will help you keep your children and pets safe in all scenarios. It only takes a short amount of time to make your furniture kid safe and it’s definitely worth it.