Protecting Your Child from Furniture Tip Overs

Last updated on March 8th, 2023 at 10:27 am

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC has recently issued additional guidance to help avoid childhood injury due to furniture tip-overs. If you have young children in the house, check out this video for tips and advice on how to anchor your furniture to the wall.

Tip Over Causes and Prevention

Children climbing on furniture is the main cause of tip over accidents. Many people believe they don’t need to anchor their furniture to the wall because they’re always watching their kids. The truth is – an accident can happen fast, even when you’re in the same room as your child. Experts offer these tips and advice for preventing injury:

  • Purchase furniture with wide legs and solid bases
  • Secure furniture like shelves, desks, and dressers to a wall
  • Place heavy items close to the floor to enhance stability
  • Avoid putting attractive items, such as toys or the remote, on top of furniture
  • Wall mount flat screen TVs whenever possible
  • Tuck cords away so kids can’t pull on or trip over them


Watch the CPSC’s Anchor it video for installation tips and get your new furniture secured immediately upon placement in your home.

How to Install Anti-Tip Over Restraints

At Vermont Woods Studios (and most furniture stores), tip over restraints are provided with each piece of furniture deemed a tip-over hazard, per industry standards. We ask customers to please watch the CPSC’s Anchor it video for installation tips and get your new furniture secured immediately upon placement in your home.

We’re Here to Help

We provide customers who order tall furniture with anti-tipover hardware. If you need assistance or advice when installing these restraints, contact us and we’ll be glad to help.


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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.