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Baby Proofing and Furniture Safety: How to Secure Shelving Units to the Wall


Ensuring your home is safe for your little ones is a top priority, especially when it comes to securing furniture like kitchen and bathroom shelving units. At West Handyman, we recently helped our client in Hammersmith, London, where we installed shelving units Anti-Tip Wall Fixings to enhance safety and prevent accidents. Here, we share our tips and tricks for securely fixing shelving units to your walls, highlighting the importance of children safety.

Why Baby Proofing with Wall Fixings is Essential

Children are naturally curious and love to explore their surroundings. However, this curiosity can sometimes lead to dangerous situations, such as pulling on or climbing furniture. Securing shelving units with anti-tip wall fixings, such as safety brackets, metal fixing bands, or safety straps, can prevent these units from tipping over and causing injury. Here are some key steps and considerations for safely securing your shelves.

Step-by-Step Guide to Securing Shelving Units

  1. Gather Your Tools and Materials

Before you begin, make sure you have the necessary tools and materials:

  • Safety brackets or metal fixing bands
  • Screws (various types for different walls, self-tapping screws)
  • Wall plugs/dowels
  • Level
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Measurement tape
  1. Check for Electrical Wires and Pipes

Before drilling into the wall, it’s essential to ensure there are no electrical wires or pipes behind the surface. Use a stud finder with a built-in wire detector, or consult the building plans if available. Drilling into a live wire or a pipe can cause serious injury and damage.

  1. Use a Level to Ensure Accuracy

Using a level is crucial to ensure your shelving units are perfectly horizontal. An uneven shelf can not only look unsightly but also be less stable. Place the level on the shelf and adjust until it shows that the surface is level before marking your drilling points.

  1. Measure the Distance from Furniture to the Wall

Furniture is not always located close to the wall, so it’s important to measure the distance from the furniture to the wall precisely. This ensures you choose the appropriate fixing method that accommodates this distance. Incorrect measurements can lead to ineffective securing, leaving the furniture vulnerable to tipping.

  1. Choose the Right Fixings for Your Wall Type

Different walls require different types of fixings. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Drywall/Plasterboard: Use wall plugs (also known as dowels) and self-tapping screws. For heavier shelving units, consider using metal anchors or toggle bolts.
  • Brick or Masonry: Opt for plastic wall plugs and masonry screws. A hammer drill might be needed to create holes in these tougher materials.
  • Wood Studs: If you can locate the wooden studs behind the drywall, you can directly screw into them using wood screws. This offers the most secure fixing.
  1. Install Safety Brackets or Metal Fixing Bands

Safety brackets and metal fixing bands are excellent for securing shelving units. Here’s how to install them:

  • Mark the drilling points: Using the level, mark the points on the wall where you’ll attach the brackets or bands.
  • Drill holes: Drill holes at the marked points, making sure they are slightly smaller than the plugs you will insert.
  • Insert wall plugs: Push the wall plugs into the drilled holes until they are flush with the wall.
  • Attach brackets/bands: Secure the safety brackets or fixing bands to the wall using the appropriate screws. Ensure they are tightly fastened.
  • Secure the shelf: Attach the other end of the brackets or bands to the shelving unit, making sure it’s firmly in place.
  1. Consider Using Safety Straps

In addition to brackets and bands, safety straps are another effective option. These straps typically screw into the wall and the furniture, allowing for a flexible yet secure fixing that prevents tipping. They are especially useful for tall and narrow units.

Tips for Best Results

  • Double-check your measurements: Accurate measurements are essential for a secure and level installation.
  • Choose high-quality materials: Invest in sturdy brackets, screws, and wall plugs to ensure durability.
  • Regularly inspect fixings: Periodically check that all fixings remain secure and tighten if necessary.

By following these steps and tips, you can ensure that your shelving units are safely secured, reducing the risk of accidents and creating a safer environment for your children. At West Handyman, we are committed to providing services to enhance the safety and functionality of your home. For assistance with your next project, don’t hesitate to contact us. Call  👉 +442071189989


Baby Proofing & Furniture Safety. Anti-Tip Wall Fixings. Kitchen shelving unit wall fixing. Hammersmith W6 #handyman #furniture #hammersmith #westhandyman #FulhamLiving

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Baby Proofing & Furniture Safety. Anti-Tip Wall Fixings. Bathroom shelving unit wall fixing. Hammersmith W6 #handyman #hammersmith #FulhamLiving #westhandyman

♬ original sound – West Handyman

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