How to make rubber feet for chairs

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How to make rubber feet for chairs
Small rubber attachments tack underneath a sofa's feet. (ponsuwan/iStock/Getty Images)

Rubber feet are low-skid rubber attachments that are connected to the bottom of chair legs to prevent slippage, limit floor scratching and soften sound. Sometimes rubber feet are called skids, glides, or tips. Because of the enormous variety of chair leg types, frequently rubber feet need to be modified or fitted to unusually shaped chair legs.

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Things you need

  • Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Utility knife
  • Rubber feet
  • Hardware
  • Power drill
  • 6 mm (1/4 inch) wood chisel (optional)
  • Small hammer (optional)
  • Anchor inserts
  • Power screwdriver
  • Screws (provided in package)
  • Construction adhesive

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    Self-adhesive rubber foot

  1. 1

    Select the self-adhesive rubber foot that is closest in dimension and shape to the bottom surface of your chair leg. Self-adhesive rubber feet are often available in black, white, brown and clear. Choose the colour best suited for your application.

  2. 2

    Pre-fit the rubber foot to the bottom to the bottom of the chair leg.

  3. 3

    Holding the foot firmly, use a utility knife to trim away excess rubber on all sides of the chair leg.

  4. 4

    Remove the adhesive backing and press the rubber foot firmly to the bottom of the chair leg.

    Rubber feet for chairs

  1. 1

    Pick a recessed, screw-in type rubber foot design for chairs used in high mobility conditions where the rubber foot needs a very strong attachment (such as office chairs). Match the shape of the rubber foot to the shape of the bottom of the chair.

  2. 2

    Locate the centre of the bottom of the chair leg and drill a hole into the chair leg as described by the rubber foot manufacturer in their instructions. Square holes may require using a 6 mm (1/4 inch) wood chisel and small hammer.

  3. 3

    Insert the hardware or receiving anchor into the wooden chair foot. Often these require screwing additional screws that are also provided with the rubber feet, and/or using construction adhesive to hold the anchors in place. Allow construction adhesive at least four hours to dry before attaching the rubber feet.

  4. 4

    Screw the rubber foot into the receiving anchor or hardware. Usually you screw the foot until it is hand tight. Often these types of feet will have height adjustment nuts that allow you to make the chair perfectly level.

Tips and warnings

  • Common rubber feet slip over the outside of the chair leg. Hardware stores only sell the most common varieties of rubber feet. Be sure to inquire for the exact type of rubber foot you are looking for. Most good rubber feet manufacturers carry dozens or even hundreds of sizes and shapes.

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