It is a sad fact that every year dozens of children die or suffer serious life-changing injuries as a result of heavy items of furniture falling on top of them.
Children love to explore their surroundings fully as they develop and mature, and for most children that includes an almost instinctive desire to climb on anything and everything that they come across on their daily adventures.
Large items of furniture are a massive attraction to kids and, it doesn’t matter how many times you tell a child not to climb on the furniture, they will … its just a fact of life. Yes, you can simply stop them from exploring, but that is just fighting against nature and your kids need to be allowed to explore the world. You just need to make sure that they can do it as safely as possible.
Those shelves on that tall bookshelf might be designed for housing books, but to your child its just one big ladder. Likewise, kids just love to pull a couple of drawers out a but so that they can climb to the top of a chest of drawers.
If you don’t believe me, just look this video …
If you are expecting your first child, or have just started to realise that your 6-month old baby is starting to explore, take a good look at all of the large items of furniture in your home. That beautiful dresser that you positioned in the hallway without a concern in the world when you were childless has now become a big danger.
Carry out a full assessment of the furniture in your home and for a few dollars you can remove that danger and enjoy peace of mind.
So, whether you are expecting your first child or have children already and have just bought a new piece of furniture, be sure to get yourself some furniture anchors.
Do All Furniture Anchors Do a Good Job?
Many furniture manufacturers will supply some form of metal bracket that you can use to secure the product to the wall. Some of these supplied brackets are perfectly fine, but others either don’t supply any at all or supply brackets that are less than ideal.
One of the biggest problems that I have encountered with the brackets that are supplied with the furniture itself is that they are usually rigid metal brackets, which means that they are very inflexible and often won’t allow you to fix the furniture to the wall in the correct position. If you have decent sized skirting board, for example, that small metal bracket often won’t be big enough to fix the furniture to the wall without it leaning slightly towards the wall.
The good news is that there are plenty of high quality furniture anchors available to buy, and they are pretty cheap too. I always make sure that all of my furniture is secured to the wall using furniture anchors and I strongly suggest that you’d do too.
Of course, any furniture safety strap is better that no strap at all, but what are the best furniture anchors for the home? The difference in price between the best anchor straps and the rest is often a couple of dollar, so you might as well buy the best if you can find them.
My Top 3 Furniture Anchor Straps
I have used many different makes of anchor strap over the years, and here is my top 5 list of the best furniture anchor straps on the market today.
1. Safety 1st Furniture Straps
The Safety 1st furniture straps are a simple double canvass design with a useful metal loop mechanism that means you can move the furniture at a later date without having to unscrew it completely from the wall or the furniture item itself. Instead, you simply unhook the strap if you need to get behind the furniture and them hook it back up again afterwards.
You are advised to use a pair of straps for each piece of furniture rather than just one.
They will do a good job in most circumstances, but they have some plastic parts and this makes them a little less reassuring than the slightly more expensive metal ones.
Here is a video to show how they work and how they are installed.
2. Safetynex Furniture Straps
The safetynex furniture straps are a little more expensive than the Safety 1st ones and that is probably because they come with metal fittings, triple stitched nylon webbing, and no-slip claws to grip the straps themselves.
They are rated as being strong enough to withstand an earthquake or 400 lbs, which is certainly reassuring. They are suitable for use with large TVs as well as standard items of furniture.
They also come with a 90-day money back guarantee and a 1-year returns policy.
They get excellent user reviews.
3. Jessa Leona Furniture Straps
The Jessa Leona furniture straps are very similar to the safetynex ones in that they have metal plates, a triple-stitched strap and heavy duty metal cam buckle with non-slip jaw clamp.
They too are suitable for use with large TVs.
They have become a very popular premium alternative to the Safety 1st straps, and they get excellent user reviews.
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