How to replace wood furniture legs

Written by joyce starr
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There's always that time when a wooden leg from a favourite piece of furniture breaks. Don't throw that chair out before your check on a replacement leg for it. Most people probably don't realise they can replace the wooden legs on a piece of furniture, but they can. In most cases, you'll be able to do it yourself. If dealing with an antique, it might be best to have a professional look at it.

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Things you need

  • Replacement leg or legs
  • Screwdriver
  • Paint or stain
  • Sandpaper

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    Assess the problem. Is the one leg the only problem, or is there soon to be a problem with the other three legs? Sometimes it might be better to replace other legs, if it seems they also are weak. Also, in some cases, you might not be able to find a complete match to your one leg. You might have to change out all four legs to save the furniture piece.

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    Unscrew the wooden leg from the chair. Usually, the leg should just screw loose, though some force may be needed to get it completely removed. Some wooden legs are attached by a screw, and you may need to use a screwdriver to loosen it.

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    Take the broken, wooden leg to your local home supply store. You'll be able to compare your leg with other ones they have in stock. If you have a special leg, the store may be able to special-order a replacement for you. If you don't see what you're looking for, you can always buy four new legs and replace them all so they'll match. If the new leg is unpainted, consider either matching it to the existing wood or redoing all the wood on the piece of furniture to match.

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    Lay the piece of furniture on its side. Line the new wooden leg into place where the old leg was removed. Screw the new leg into place. Tighten the leg so there's no chance of it falling off. Repeat to the other legs, if replacing them all.

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    Sand and paint the wood, if redoing the whole piece of furniture, or having to match the leg to the existing wood. Allow the paint to completely dry. Stand the furniture upright and begin using it. You're new leg is ready to be tested.

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