Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bolting furniture to the wall

Some people have been interested in how we bolted Robert's chest-of-drawers to the wall. (We did that after the whole thing fell on top of him). The issue with OUR chest-of-drawers is that if it tips even slightly, ALL of the drawers slide out quickly, thereby shifting the weight of the chest-of-drawers and causing it to overbalance.

I have to say, I am really appalled that a piece of furniture designed for kids doesn't have an anti-tilt mechanism. To be safe, you should only be able to open one drawer at a time. If you are looking at purchasing a chest-of-drawers for your kids, I'd recommend purchasing something with that feature.

Disclaimer: This might not be the best approach for your furniture and/or your situation. These pictures are simply showing how we did it. It is your responsibility decide if this approach would be safe for your situation! We take no responsibility for the outcome of your decision.

Here is how we fixed the problem. We used a hook system - the idea was to make it easy to move the chest-of-drawers for cleaning/toy retrieval. The hook cannot be reached by the kids, so there is no chance of them undoing it.

The chest-of-drawers is on the left and the wall is on the right.

Closeup of the fitting we used on the back of the chest-of-drawers.

Closeup of the fitting that we used on the wall.
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