How to Attach a Hutch
Keep your home safe for young children by attaching heavy, tall furniture such as hutches to the wall. Children can climb up on a hutch and cause it to tip over on them. Secure the hutch to the wall using furniture safety brackets and mounting them to the wall studs. It's important to attach the brackets to the wall studs so that the fasteners will not pull out of the wall. Even if you don’t have small children of your own, it's a good practice to secure hutches and other tall furniture pieces to the wall to prevent possible accidents.
Mark the location of the top edge of the hutch on the wall behind it with a pencil. Pull your hutch away from the wall so that you can access the space behind it.
Slide a stud finder along the wall where the hutch is located and mark the location of the two nearest wall studs with a pencil.
Center a safety bracket at each stud marking at the height of the back, top edge of the hutch. Use the pencil line from the first step as a guide. Drive the screws that were included with the safety brackets through the mounting holes into the wall studs using a screw gun.
Hold the furniture portion of the safety brackets in place against the back, top edge of the hutch so that they correspond to the positions of the wall portion of the brackets. Drill a hole through the mounting holes in the safety brackets into the back, top edge of the hutch using a drill equipped with a 1/16-inch bit. Drill the holes 3/8-inch deep.
Drive the screws that were included with the safety brackets through the mounting holes into the pre-drilled holes in the back, top edge of the hutch with a screw gun. Slide the hutch back against the wall. Slide the connector straps through both halves of each safety bracket and pull the ends through the slots in the straps to tighten them in the same way you would a wire tie.
- Be sure of the hutch location before you commit to making holes in your wall.
- Wear eye protection when operating power tools to help prevent injury.
Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.