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How to install a toy lid support

Updated February 21, 2017

Avoid bruised heads and smashed fingers by adding a toy box lid support to your toy box. Lid supports hold up the toy box lid to allow your children to dig in search of their favourite toys with both hands, and slow the lid as it closes to keep it from hitting full force on small fingers. Lid box supports are essential to making toy boxes safe for little ones.

Measure your lid from front to back and measure the weight. Divide the length by two and multiply it by the weight to calculate Newton metres. Select a toy box lid support that has the appropriate nm rating to support your lid. One support may be sufficient for a small toy box, but most will require at least two toy box lid supports.

Have a friend open the toy box lid to about 85 degrees and place the toy box hinge in open position against the top of the back of the toy box and the lid. Mark where the support hits the toy box and lid and measure it to match the position for other toy box supports.

Attach the toy box supports to the lid using a screwdriver and screws.

Open and close the lid several times to make sure the toy box lid supports hold up the lid, and let it close as desired.

Things You'll Need

  • Toy box lid supports
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Screw driver
  • Screws
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Amber Webb started her professional writing career in 2005. She has written for the United Way, the National Forest Service and has worked in corporate communications at several technology companies. She now works as a freelance writer. Webb holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Brigham Young University.