How to anchor tall furniture
Experts recommend you anchor tall pieces of furniture so they don’t topple during storms, tornados, hurricanes or earthquakes. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Brian H., Cincinnati)
Wherever you live, there's a possibility that catastrophic events such as earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes can place you or your loved ones in danger.
One way to minimize damage to your property and keep its occupants safe is to properly anchor tall pieces of furniture. Some tall furniture comes equipped with straps that can be attached to a dresser or bookcase at one end, then attached to the wall at the other. Most furniture will require the use of at least two straps, one on each side, to keep it stable. Furniture wider than four feet will require additional straps.
If you purchased furniture that didn’t include straps, you can buy them separately. Some store-bought systems made of steel aircraft cable claim to hold up to 400 pounds. Though televisions don’t normally come with straps, there are straps to anchor standing flat panel models to a wall. Most straps can be purchased for under $20.
Another option for securing furniture is metal “L” brackets. Screw the short end of the “L” into the wall and the long end into the top of the bookcase.
Whether you use straps or metal brackets, make sure they are anchored in a stud. You may need to adjust your furniture a little to ensure they are properly secured.
If you must anchor into plaster, use a metal toggle bolt. If you want to secure an item to concrete or masonry, you will need to use a sleeve anchor.
If you hire a handyman to complete this task, don’t forget to get three estimates; check references, insurance and bonding, and licensure.