Non-Tipping Dresser


Non-Tipping Dresser


Patent Pending


      Dressers no longer need to be attached to the wall.  HinesLab announces a freestanding dresser that uses a cost-effective baseboard to prevent tip overs, injuries, and law suits.  This life-saving piece can be incorporated in the original dresser, or sold as an after-market part, and can be removed later when no longer needed.  

      Conventional dressers tip over every 24 minutes.  Approx. 25 deaths and thousands of injuries occur each year in the U.S. due to dressers tipping over.

      The problem:  when the center of gravity moves forward of the front feet of a conventional dresser, the dresser falls over.

      The solution:  The HinesLab free-standing dresser uses a baseboard that extends farther than the center of gravity.


Why doesn't the dresser tip over?

      Consider a soda straw standing on end, and a penny flat on a table.  Both are cylindrical with vertical axes.  The soda straw will fall in the slightest breeze, and the penny is stable and will not tip over because the center of gravity never moves beyond the edge of the base.  


      The extended baseboard can take a variety of forms:

      The baseboard can be shipped flat against the back, and swung around under the dresser for use.    

    270° hinges allow the baseboard to be swung to the underside for use.

      Birch plywood baseboards can be stained, painted, or laminated with wood to match the dresser.  


Extendable Sliding Feet.   Swing-Out Feet Baseboard hinged in the middle.


After-Market Kits



      Plywood, or thin metal-plate, after-market baseboards can be made for existing dressers and are simply screwed to the bottom.


      The baseboard is not in the way when using the dresser because user stands back clear of the extended drawer, however the baseboard can be a thinner metal plate which somewhat sinks into the carpet to be approximately flush:  

     Metal baseboard depresses the carpet to come approximately flush.      Metal baseboard shown flush with the carpet.      Close up corner of the metal baseboard.


Color Choices:

      Showing both the solid-color side, and carpet-printed side of the base panel to be attached to the bottom of the dresser.       Original, or after-market thin base plates are almost unnoticeable when matched to the carpet, showing both solid-color, and carpet-pattern side.


      The AHFA (American Home Furnishings Alliance) and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) are collaborating on a voluntary standard (ASTM F2057) for dressers (  This test is done to an empty dresser, one drawer at a time "opened [only] two-thirds of the way" with "a 60-pound weight gradually applied to the front edge of the open drawer".  

      Dressers made to this marginally more stringent standard will be shipped with a warning labels and wall-attachment kits indicating the manufacturers' awareness that the tipping problem has not been solved.  

      Some conventional dressers are made with heavy backs to make them harder to pull over, but if a heavier dresser falls on a child, it will cause even more injury.  Some furniture makers provide kits to attach the dresser to the wall with a strap.  This mars the walls and inhibits rearranging the furniture.  Some apartment landlords prohibit tenants from attaching dressers to the wall.  MORE

ASTM F2057 standard will not test for:
  • All drawers filled with clothes, as used at home.
  • All drawers fully extended (past the two-thirds position).
  • Each drawer tested with 60-lb. load with all drawers fully extended.  
  • The above tests with two 60-lb loads to represent two children bouncing and tugging, the way kids actually move.  

(The HinesLab dresser passes any and all of these tests with flying colors).


      Somewhat in furniture manufacturers' defense, the HinesLab non-tipping dresser has only recently become known and available.  Whether the furniture manufacturer's objective is to save lives, or law suits, you are invited to call HinesLab to discuss licensing.  



  • I think this… would make a dresser stable." Nancy C., KIds in Danger, October 29, 2018
  • The Concept that you propose is very interesting." L. M., ASTM Int'l., October 4, 2018
  • "Very Clever", R. McK., October 2, 2018
  • "That is so impressive!, K. M., September 25, 2018
  • "Being a mother of two children, I have a soft spot for your invention.  I think what you are trying to do is very, very important, Jane C., September 20, 2018
  • I love the project – truly clever design, M. D., September 12, 2018
  • What a great invention with the potential to truly save lives!!J.C., August 23, 2018
  • I love your project… a must for families with children…, E.T., August 4, 2018
  • "Congratulations Steve! Great idea!", E. V., July 21, 2018
  • Your design is a life-saverV. P., July 20, 2018
  • Very practical solutionD. I., July 19, 2018
  • Great IdeaM. M., July 19, 2018
  • Congratulations- that’s a very neat solutionA. W., July 19, 2018
  • Having a dresser that won’t tip over and kill a child sounds like a wonderful ideaE. W., June 14, 2018


Information and resources:


Hines' lab notebook entries:

Press Release

As advertised in:

p. 56               p. 58 Press Release Oct. 2018


      HinesLab is actively seeking licensees to commercialize this patent-pending technology.  To discuss licensing, please contact ASTM-member Steve Hines at:

HinesLab, Inc.

1540 Wabasso Way

Glendale, California  91208,  USA

phone:  818-507-5812