Keep Your Little Ones Safe: Tether Your Furniture

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Keep Your Little Ones Safe: Tether Your Furniture

March 24, 2013

As parents we have a million and one things to do. Too much, in fact, to fit into the 24 hours we have in each day. The beauty, though, is that many of the items on our to-do-lists can wait. The laundry can usually wait. The bathroom can usually wait. However, tethering your furniture cannot wait.

We had been planning on tethering our furniture for months, and had just not gotten around to it until yesterday when our 13-month-old daughter began opening doors!

I don’t need to tell you the potential danger of untethered furniture. Even if your little monkey is less like a monkey and more like a, well, sloth, it’s never too early. Even those pieces you think are too heavy for your baby or toddler to topple over, tether anyways.

Here is a brief description of how to tether your furniture. Most items can be found at any hardware store:

What you need:

Corner Braces of varying sizes

Drywall Anchors

Electric Drill (or screwdriver – will take more time though)

Pencil

What to Do:

1. Attach corner braces to furniture using drill and screws.

2. Decide where you want the furniture to stay permanently, then move it against the wall.  Mark with a pencil where you will need to put your drywall anchor (in the space for the screw in the corner brace) and move furniture back.

3. Drill the anchor to the wall and return furniture. Finish the process by drilling the corner brace to the wall with a screw.

The process may seem daunting and off-putting, especially the thought of drilling holes into your furniture and walls. But they are only things. They can be replaced or repaired. Our children cannot.

Play safe.

~chelsey

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