Wheel-Mounted Furniture


To secure wheel-mounted furniture.


  • As shaking increases, furniture may slide or— if it is top heavy—it may overturn.
  • Position wheel-mounted furniture away from occupants in the room.


Install restraints.

Source: Noson, Perbix, SSD

Supplies Required

  • Eye-screws—1/4" diameter x 3"
  • OR
  • Eye-screws—1/2" diameter (for furniture over 1,000 lbs.)
  • Restraints—Bungee cord or 1/8" diameter wire


Wheel Lock - Installation

Follow manufacturer's instructions.


  • Wheel locks can prevent furniture from rolling during moderate shaking.
  • Be consistent is setting wheel locks, returning furniture to storage, and tethering furniture.
  • The need to move of furniture may eliminate permanent restraint options.

Restraint - Installation

  1. Tether each leg to a wall or floor with bungee cord or wire when the furniture is not in use.
  2. Tie a cord or wire to an eye-screw that has been screwed into the wall. Attach the cord or wire to the eye screw.
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