Published on June 13th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Mind the Gap With Antonius Wire Baskets

Materials: Antonius wire basket drawers, zip ties

When we placed our Tylosand sofa up against a bay window, it left a 7 inch gap between the sofa and the window sill, a space wide enough for our toddler to fall into. Images of our little one stuck upside down back there kept flashing through my mind so we needed a childproofing solution. One important consideration: the floor vent in the gap behind the couch meant whatever was used had to allow for air flow.

Wandering though the house, I spied my Antonius with wire basket drawers and a lightbulb went off. The steel Antonius wire baskets would be strong enough to hold the weight of a toddler and the open mesh wouldn’t block the vent. The wire baskets filled the gap perfectly and were short enough that they didn’t protrude over the top of the couch. All I had to do was slip the baskets behind the sofa and connect them with zip ties so they couldn’t be pulled out by a toddler. Voila! Babyproofing solution for $10 ($2.50 per basket) and I can reuse the baskets once they’re no longer needed behind the couch.

~ Sydney, Chicago, IL

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14 Responses to Mind the Gap With Antonius Wire Baskets

  1. kaz says:

    I get it now! Good idea for stopping my sofa from sliding back against my radiator.

  2. aununez says:

    The pictures is taken on the Z-axis perpendicular the floor, looking down into the floor vents, the cousins must be the back of the couch.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get it either, a photo taken a little bit far away may help clarify..

    • Unknown says:

      Exactly. I believe the other “I don’t get it” comments are also due to lack of perspective in the photo, not a putting down of the idea.

      At least that’s what I didn’t get at first.

      After a bit of brow scrunching I finally realized that the picture is from a top down perspective, showing that the gap behind the couch filled by the basket slipped between the couch back and wall under the window sill.

      • Passerby says:

        Thank you! I didn’t understand it either until I read your reply. Yes, in hindsight, it all makes sense given what the text described, but looking at the picture I was totally confused. Another pic taken further away would have definitely cleared things up.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant MacGyvver!

  5. Anonymous says:

    As a mom, I get it. ;) Very clever idea, especially using something that has another purpose after this very temporary application.

  6. Anonymous says:

    i think it’s a great idea even just to keep your couch from sliding back over the floor vent. :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good re-purposing of your existing Ikea items so you didn’t have to go buy something else for a temporary concern. :)

  8. Robert says:

    I feel like this sort of DIY isn’t very necessary as you could probably buy similar quality products for the same price.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ha! And a great place to drop all the small toys, too!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Honestly, I don’t really get it.

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