After a massive twister hits, oftentimes the only thing left standing is a bathtub. It’s solid, heavy and the pipes go far into the ground. It might be the only disaster-proof thing in a person’s home. However, some pieces of furniture fare a little better than others when it comes to rough treatment. Before buying that new piece of furniture, consider if it’s one of the 4 most disaster-prone options available.
1. Bean Bags
Think about it: all a bean bag is made up of is a piece of material filled with tiny little “beans.” Children especially love bean bags, and that’s a big recipe for disaster and a choking hazard. Even the highest quality bean bags might not be able to hold up to such a beating. Parents considering bean bags for kids should really think twice–and make sure the vacuum is in top working order.
2. Director Chairs
Director chairs are lightweight, easily foldable and can be found for a low price. However, they don’t make much sense when it comes to having them long term. The physics behind their construction aren’t enough to make them a lasting choice, and they can also be dangerous. Unlike wooden furniture (or any other more solidly made furniture), there’s no warning when they’re about to give out. Opt for something with actual legs and seats rather than this Hollywood-inspired option.
3. Transportable Fireplaces
Fireplaces now come in all shapes and sizes, and some of them are designed to be miniatures on coffee tables. While that might look extremely cute, remember that they’re often even more dangerous than candles. At least candles trap a small, single flame in glass, but fireplaces are roaring wherever they are. It’s too easy to catch them on fire, and children or pets might be too tempted by then.
4. Bunk Beds and Water Beds
These are the two types of beds that kids adore the most–and they’re also the most dangerous. Whether a child falls off the top bunk while sleeping or roughhousing, or a water bed mysterious pops a leak for no reason (surely those toys in the bed had nothing to do with it), neither of these options are worth the trouble. In fact, many landlords won’t even let residents have a water bed since they’re so prone to leaking.
Unfortunately, many of the “fun furniture” isn’t the safest. Always choose quality and utility first for long-lasting furniture (and safe families).