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Make sure your furniture doesn’t tip over

No one wants an accident to happen in their home. A piece of furniture, such as a chest-of-drawers, that tips over can seriously or even fatally injure a child or an adult. That’s why it must be secured to the wall. You can find more information below about tipping accidents and preventing them by securing your chest-of-drawers to the wall.

Why does furniture tip over?

Some of the causes are illustrated below. Remember also that an uneven or sloping floor, the edge of a carpet or rug, and soft or thick carpets and rugs can also cause instability and tipping accidents.

Opening several drawers at the same time while looking for something. This makes the centre of gravity of the chest-of-drawers shift outside the base of the furniture and it tips over.

Using the drawers as a ladder to reach an object. Putting a toy or some other attractive object on top could tempt a child to climb up. Putting a heavy object on top of a chest-of-drawers increases the danger of it tipping over. 

Pulling or hanging on a drawer for fun.

Sitting on a drawer while playing.

Opening all the drawers at the same time out of curiosity. This makes the centre of gravity of the chest-of-drawers shift outside the base of the furniture and it tips over.

Leaning on a drawer for support or to get up from the floor.

The science of tipping

When we develop furniture, we do everything we can to make it as stable and safe as possible. But we can’t outsmart the laws of physics. Like the fact that when the centre of gravity of a piece of furniture shifts outside the base of the furniture, it will tip over if it is not secured. Or the fact that a pulled-out drawer works like a lever.

Because of the physics of levers, even a small weight can shift the centre of gravity a lot if the weight is applied to a pulled-out drawer (or an open door). So a small child who stands, sits, or climbs on an open drawer can make a large chest-of-drawers tip over if it’s not secured – despite the child’s low weight.

Children and tipping chests-of-drawers

Children are curious and creative, always learning and discovering things. This helps make children aged 1-7 years more accident-prone. And the smallest ones, aged 1-4 years, are most at risk of serious injuries. That’s why a chest-of-drawers – no matter what model or size – can be a hazard if it isn’t secured to the wall. There are many examples of children pulling out one or several drawers and then pulling themselves up, climbing up, hanging on or climbing into them.

Adults and tipping chests-of-drawers

We adults are at risk, too, not just children. We sometimes open several drawers at the same time. Sometimes we put too many or too heavy things in the front of the drawers. When this happens, the centre of gravity shifts outside the base of the furniture and it tips over. Leaning on a drawer for support or when we get up from the floor can also cause tipping.

Secure your chest of drawers, simple and safe

When you buy an IKEA chest of drawers you must always follow the assembly instructions and secure it with the accompanying attachment devices. They’re easy to mount, and screws and plugs are included. Just fill the holes with putty when you want to move your chest of drawers, or are moving to another home.

The screws and plugs supplied with your IKEA product can be used with most solid and hollow walls. For solid wood, use the screws without plugs. If you need additional screws and plugs, there are sets available in the IKEA range. If you are uncertain about what you need, seek professional advice.

See how easy it is!

Want to know how to secure your piece of furniture to the wall?

Watch this short film.

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