Securing Your Furniture
Certain products may require the installation of anti-tip brackets or hardware. These may or may not be included with your product. Becker Furniture World does not install anti-tip brackets or hardware; therefore installation of anti-tip brackets or hardware is the responsibility of the customer. Please read below to for more information on the importance and necessity of anti-tip brackets or hardware.
Every 24 minutes a child in the U.S. is injured as a result of a TV or furniture tip-over incident. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is a developer of voluntary consensus standards for product safety and quality, and has developed the following safety standard labeled: “Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units” (ASTM F2057-14).
It applies to all storage units, not just those designed for youth bedrooms, although the majority of tip-over accidents occur when children attempt to climb on furniture. Specific testing is required to follow the standard, including the use of weights with and without full-extension drawer glides. Furniture is tested by pulling drawers out, one at a time, to the “stop” or to “two thirds of their operational sliding length (for drawers with no drawer stop),” whichever was shorter. Then, a weight totaling 50 pounds (approximating the weight of a small child) was applied to the center front of the drawer. If applying the 50-pound weight to any one of the drawers caused the piece to tip, it failed the test.
Anti-Tip hardware kits are “standard” on case pieces greater than 30” inches tall.