How to secure a dresser to the wall for childproofing

Updated January 13, 2017

Childproofing is a necessity in any home with young children. While most parents are quick to purchase outlet covers and install gates and drawer latches, many forget about securing heavy furniture to walls. According to Science Daily, furniture tip-over injuries are on the rise, and sent nearly 15,000 children under the age of 18 to the hospital between 1990 and 2007. A good place to start is in the baby’s room, by securing the child’s dresser to the wall.

Make a small mark with the pencil on the wall at the two top corners of the dresser to mark the spots for your anchors. Move the dresser away from the wall.

Attach safety straps or L-brackets to the wall at the points you marked with the pencil by screwing them into the wall with the electric drill. Nylon safety straps will require one screw on each end, while L-brackets typically have two holes on each side. If possible, secure the straps or brackets to a stud in the wall to make the dresser more secure.

Move the dresser back against the wall and screw the other ends of the straps or L-brackets to the top of the dresser, using the electric drill.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • 2 L-brackets or 2 nylon safety straps
  • 4 screws (if using a nylon strap)
  • 8 screws (if using L-brackets)
  • Electric drill
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