DIY Flatscreen Babyproofing

Welcome, baby proofers! You, like I, have heard the crazy high statistics of children being injured OR KILLED by a flat screen television and are hoping to prevent that from happening in your home. You, like I, looked up the price of the two straps used to hold your TV to the TV stand and were all “Wut? I could make that…” And so you Google searched and here you are.

I poked around my TV for a bit, wondering if I needed something adhesive or if I could screw something into something else (technical terms, obviously). Well TVs are designed so you can mount them if you so desire, and so I noticed four unused screws on the back of our TV. I unscrewed one and there was nothing there! So I got to work.

The general plan was to take two straps, attach them to the TV, attach them to the bench, and save lives. So I needed two straps and something to do the attaching. As I didn’t want to spend any money and I was trying to do this one day while I had a minute, I found two very sturdy straps made of webbing. Guess where? On one of the THOUSANDS of reusable shopping bags that we have in this house. This one to be exact. A tutorial on how to anchor your flatscreen against babies and toddlers using just the straps on a reusable bag. I cut them off but left part of the bag on the end of the strap to reinforce it. Then I drilled a hole through the bag part, and had to cut some strands on the webbing instead of drilling because the drill got tangled in it; consider yourself warned.
A tutorial on how to anchor your flatscreen against babies and toddlers using just the straps on a reusable bag.
I drilled the two straps to the TV, then I poked a screw though the webbing and drilled them into the TV stand. Then I flexed my muscles like I had done something amazing, and then I realized the baby was reaching for the drill. I tucked the excess into the back of the stand instead of cutting it off because I wanted to leave options for myself in case we needed to reposition the TV on the stand or whatever.

A tutorial on how to anchor your flatscreen against babies and toddlers using just the straps on a reusable bag. BUT WAIT, you don’t want to drill into your TV stand. Well, you shouldn’t care. I cared at first and then I thought “hey wait a minute, this TV stand is ALWAYS facing the wall. Why would these screw holes ever ever ever be visible to anyone? Plus this TV is going to be anchored until we’re done having kids so that’s a few years at least.” Just do it.

And voila. There is the project in all its glory. Ten minutes well spent!A tutorial on how to anchor your flatscreen against babies and toddlers using just the straps on a reusable bag. Let me know if you do it! Leave a comment! Lots of people find my posts later when they’re doing projects and I assume they do it but nobody ever tells me. SOB.

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