So, we have a 4x4 in ds's room. I built it and secured it to the wall about 2 years ago. We are now rearranging the furniture in the house a little, and considering moving the Expedit to the loungeroom. Dh thinks it doesn't need to be secured to the wall and thinks it is unnecessary and will only ruin the wall. I strongly disagree and told him I would rather dispose of it than have it in the house unsecured.
While ds knows not to climb it, I have caught him out once or twice before. The cubes make it very easy to climb. The thought of it falling on ds makes me sick.
I noticed that some people in the other thread have it unsecured... Does it make you nervous? Do your children ever climb it?
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22-06-2013 18:16 #1
Yes, more on the ikea expedit!
22-06-2013 18:52 #2
My 5x5 is not secured but DS does not have access to that room. As soon as he is big enough we will secure it and allow him in the room.
The 5x5 is very very heavy. DP and I struggled to lift it off the ground (put it together laying on the floor). I don't think a standing child could pull it over, but a climbing child might just be heavy enough to tip it.
I personally wouldn't feel comfortable with it unsecured. A wall is easy to fix, a child hurt by a falling expedit is not.
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22-06-2013 19:23 #3
We have a 4x4 against the wall unsecured.
Interestingly I noticed they have one as a room divider in my dd's Kindy and they are very stringent on rules and safety. Pretty sure it says in the instructions that it can be used as a room divider hence why it it finished on both side.
22-06-2013 19:25 #4
I rent so mine have never been secured. I bought my first one when DS2 was 2 and i haven't had any problems with him or DS1 trying to climb it.
22-06-2013 19:29 #5
I'm buying the 2x4s and laying them on the side. It makes me too nervous and I can't secure them because I rent too
23-06-2013 10:37 #6
The kids are more inclined to climb the one laying down in their bedroom.
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Having had both my children pull furniture onto themselves, I say secure it! Absolutely secure it!
24-06-2013 03:42 #8Dh thinks it doesn't need to be secured to the wall
It matters not a dot how "heavy" people thing it is, it's about weight distribution. If you have a child pulling on it, it will fall down. We have witnessed this and it's a very scary thing to happen (makes a mighty bang when it hits the ground).
Always secure items like this as well as television sets et al. We secure our tv to the unit it's in (you can buy a bracket especially for this).
I know of two people who have lost their children to falling furniture - one a shelf similar to the Expedit and another a flat screen tv.
How precious are your children? Precious enough to spend two minutes putting the brackets in and securing them to your wall or, if you rent and the landlord says no to a tiny hole in the wall, buying the smaller ones and laying them on their side.
I can't stress this enough. These things DO move and they DO fall over.
24-06-2013 06:03 #9
It would take all of five minutes to secure it. Better safe than sorry.
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