Secure furniture to the wall so it doesn't tip on your little one.
These days, you may be wondering why your child resembles a climbing monkey more than your mini-me. As you watch him bolt across the room and leap over your coffee table, you catch your breath. He's worried about being the best and most efficient super-hero he can be. You, mom, are worried about keeping your super-hero safe. That is why it is imperative that, as he explores his world with actual leaps and bounds, you keep him safe by securing heavy and potentially dangerous furniture. You can make your own anti-tip furniture strips at home — simple, inexpensive and with safety in mind!
1Purchase cable ties with a tensile strength of 175 pounds or more and a masonry push mount that will hold that cable tie size. Tensile strength is the maximum load that the cable tie can support without breaking or fracturing. Look at the product specs to find this information. You’ll find these items online or at your local home improvement store. Buy at least two to four cable ties and mounts for each piece of furniture.
2Pull your furniture out from the wall far enough that you can comfortably fit a drill back there. Find the studs behind your furniture and mark them with a pencil.
3Look at the back of the masonry push mounts package and to find the required hole size for your chosen mount. Each manufacturer’s product specs vary. Drill that hole size, one on each corner of your furniture piece. Also drill and mount one or two in between the corners, along the stronger edges, for heavier furniture pieces or extra security. Line the holes up with the studs the best you can for a snugger fit against the wall.
4Drill and secure the mounts on the wall into the studs.
5Push your furniture piece up to the wall, lining up the mounts. Grab your cable ties, string one tie through a mount and then through the closest wall mount. Push the end of the tie through the securing loop on the other end and pull the tie snug.
6String the rest of the mounts the same way. Once all of the ties are in place and snug, cut the excess tail of the ties off.
- Use no less then two ties for each piece of furniture, although four is better for heavier objects. By all means, if you want to have extra security, add more mounts down the sides of the furniture.For electronics and other lighter-weight items, you can use regular strength cable ties and screw applied tie anchor mounts or adhesive backed mounts. Look at the product’s tensile strength and consider your furniture or electronic weight when you make your tie and mount choice.
- This procedure works best on furniture made of real wood. Fiberboard and weaker wood products may not hold as well.
Things You'll Need
- Cable ties, 175 pound sterile strength
- Masonry push mounts
- Stud finder