My little one is starting to get to the climbing stage and I've heard too many horror stories about furniture toppling over so we headed to Home Depot to find furniture anchors. They told us that they while they didn't have any specifically made to anchor furniture, we could simply use a couple of L brackets to secure to the top of the furniture and then to the wall.
Of course I wasn't happy with that solution, since I didn't want an ugly metal bracket sitting on top of all of our furniture. So I came up with my own idea.
I've realized since then that Babies"R"Us sells actual furniture straps, but mine are really simple to make (and cheaper!).
I started by cutting out small pieces of scrap wood and drilling two holes where the L brackets would go.
I then secured two L brackets to the wood, placing one on top of the other.
And even though these go behind the furniture, I spray painted them white in case they can still be seen. I know, I know it's the perfectionist in me :)
We haven't installed them just yet (we've been busy working on our floating shelves!), but basically one side gets secured to the wall stud while the other is secured to the back of the furniture. Clever right?
Now, of course in order to install these you have to take them apart (unless you feel like using a screwdriver at a suuuuper awkward angle).
Here's what you would do:
1. Locate wall stud, hold the piece up and mark the holes on both the wall and the furniture.
2. Drill your pilot holes.
3. Take the piece apart and secure one L bracket to the wall and the other to the furniture.
4. Slide the furniture back to the wall so that the brackets meet and screw them back into the piece of scrap wood.
I hope everyone has a happy weekend! I'll be back on Monday :)
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