We have numerous IKEA shelves and drawers - Malm, Tarva, Kallax and Billy - and they all feature on the recent list of furniture published by IKEA that MUST BE FIXED TO THE WALL. But I have a confession. As soon as I finish assembling any Ikea flat pack the last thing on my mind is the extra 'SECURE IT' step posted at the very end of some of the instruction leaflets. "I'll do it later" I think to myself. To this day NONE of our IKEA units are fixed to the wall. "I'll do it later" does't work, you get distracted, life happens and then you forget - at least I do.
But it's recently come to my attention how irresponsible my thinking is; especially after I heard about the deaths of six children in America and Canada, caused by Ikea drawers tipping over - two of these occurred in the last year and involved a Malm chest of drawers falling onto young children.
The Malm series - has been recalled in America and Canada and in all other countries IKEA wants to ensure that everyone has these units securely anchored to the wall. IF NOT SECURED PROPERLY these units can cause serious injury - especially to young children - and even death.
Am I being realistic when I say "I'll do it later" - NO. Is it irresponsible of me to skip this step - ABSOLUTELY. In the meantime, I have been sent numerous emails from my Mum about this. Mum's are great for highlighting danger! She knows my boys love to explore, but climbing on these shelves and drawers is a serious safety hazard especially for young children.
It's easy to prevent these accidents and make our homes a safer place for our little ones by following these steps. First of all, make sure your IKEA shelves and drawers are securely fixed to the wall. Here's how:
WALL ANCHORING GUIDE