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How to Prevent Furniture Tip-Over Accidents

July 06, 2016

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If you haven’t heard, IKEA recently recalled 29 million chests and dressers after six toddlers died in furniture tip-over accidents. When furniture and TVs aren’t secured properly, they can become a serious hazard for young children. In light of IKEA’s recall, we wanted to share some tips on how to childproof your furniture.


Use Sturdy Furniture

The first step to childproofing your home is to use high-quality furniture that can withstand heavy items. For example, televisions should only be placed on top of media consoles and entertainment centers, furniture that is specifically designed to house a TV. Buying sturdy dressers and chests, like ones made with real wood, are more likely to hold their ground then their cheap counterparts. For example, solid wood holds metal screws far better and for much longer than plywood. 



Install Safety Brackets

Use anti-tip safety brackets on existing and new furniture to secure top-heavy items like dressers and chests. Most brackets are inexpensive and easy to install yourself. However, you want to make sure to install the restraints into a solid piece of wood, not cheap plywood or particle board. Another reason to shop through our real wood bedroom and living room furniture! When attaching to the wall, install securely to a wood stud. For more tips on how to install, check out this tutorial.

Secure your TV

Televisions should either be wall mounted or anchored to the wall. There are also other anti-tip devices such as safety straps that you can use to secure your TV. On top of securing your TV with anti-tip devices, you can also childproof your living room furniture by using a low and stable TV stand, like this TV Console. Televisions that are not securely mounted to the wall should be placed on furniture that’s intended to house them. Shop through our media consoles today! 

Follow Furniture Instructions

Most new furniture, like dressers, comes with anti-tip devices with installation instructions. Follow the manufacture instructions, and if it calls for anchors, don’t skip it! A lot of dressers come with this, but many people fail to install them. 

Keep Toys Away

Last, but certainly not least, is to remove tempting out-of-reach items that could cause an accident. Items like toys and remote controls placed on top of dressers and TVs might tempt kids to climb onto the furniture and therefore cause it to tip over. 


At Riley’s furniture store, we care about the safety of you and your family. When it comes to sturdy furniture, we’ve got you covered. If you have any questions regarding our furniture and how to anchor it, contact us today! Get additional resources below or at

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