Every year, there are 21,900 children injured by furniture tipping over in the US alone, which translates to one injury every 24 minutes. Even more alarming, every 2 weeks, a child dies due to a tip over accident. Contradictory to what one might think, these injuries and deaths are not primarily caused by faulty products or earthquakes, but rather inherently flawed designs. When the drawers of a dresser are pulled out, two things happen- the dresser is easier for a child to climb, and the center of mass of the dresser shifts so it is no longer above the base.
Our design aims to eliminate both risks by ensuring that the design is not climbable and does not have a movable center of mass, while making sure that the safety aspects are incorporated into the design so as to account for the parents’ apathy. The design prevents climbing by having spinning shelf fronts, made by running the frame of PVC through PVC of a larger diameter, which spins if stepped on. The design does not include drawers, meaning there is no way to displace the center of mass, the primary cause for dressers tipping. The frame of the design is made of PVC, a lightweight yet strong material, and is attached to a weighted base. By pairing the lightweight frame with the dense base, we further insure that the dresser won’t tip over.