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I live in a rental home, and have jsut childprooefd my lounge room, where we spend most of our time. However I have three huge glass mirrored cabinets. :eek: and to be honest, they wobble.:eek: :eek:
I cant bolt these to the wall as I am in a rental... and ideas... i cant move them anywhere else as I dont have any more room anywhere else in the house.
I have taken all of the door handles at knee height off and reversed them so she cant pull up on the handles. But they have a little ledge that she could eventually pull up on and I can see them going over..
Can you put something around it, like they do for fireplaces? I'm not sure what they are called, but they look sort of like the sides of a playpen except you can move them in to all different positions.
It would keep little ones from getting close enough to the cabinets.
My apologies to all the landlords out there, but we screw our cabinets to the wall despite the fact that we're in a rental. When you move out again it is pretty easy to patch a small hole and find a tester pot of paint that will be close enough to match. My daughters safety was worth more than a landlord being upset of a repairable hole in the wall.
If you really can't screw them to thewall, try putting a door-stop type triangular wedge under each front corner to lean the cabinets backwards slightly. Then the child has to pull the cabinet past vertical before it tips forwards and with the wedge in place that is nearly impossible.
fanstastic I think I might try the wedges.
I may screw them in. But there are three of them so thats a lot of hoels to patch up when I leave.
I have actual tried selling them but nobody want them. :(
Too big id say!LOL.
Thanks for the advise.
I completely agree with Martha. Bolt them to the wall and fill in the holes later.
I remember when I read that the ex-Bronco player Julian O'Neill was in the kitchen with his wife whilst his two kids were playing in the lounge room. The toddler (I think about 18 months) pulled a TV and the stand over onto itself....and died. A horribly tragic story. I have never forgotten this and never risk furniture that can hurt them.
It really is easy to put a little putty in the hole and spot a bit of paint on it later.:)
the other thing to consider is to ALWAYS make sure that the heavy stuff in the cabinets is as close to the floor as possible ( it is SOO much harder to tip over something that is 'bottom heavy' as opposed to 'top heavy' ) - tend to make things a little more stable...
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