How to add risers to the bottom of a sofa

Updated August 16, 2017

Risers are the devices that go under furniture, such as sofas, to raise the legs off the ground. These risers typically levitate your couch a couple of inches, which makes it more convenient for you to get up and sit down. Inserting the risers is a simple process, but it requires the help of another person. Gather your risers and add them to the bottom of your sofa to obtain the furniture height that you desire.

Inspect your sofa risers package to see if the parts are all the same height. If not, the taller risers go on the back legs of the couch and the shorter ones go in the front, so that the angle makes it easier to get up from a seated position. Place these appropriate risers next to each leg so that the person assisting you can quickly slide it under.

Put on a pair of gloves to grab the bottom of the sofa without hurting your hands and get a better hold on the furniture. Practice lifting the couch slightly to ensure that you have the ability to lift it enough to clear space for the riser. If not, find another person that will do it.

Squat down close next to one side of the sofa where the arm is and grip the bottom. Tighten your stomach and hold your back straight as you lift with your legs. Meanwhile, have the other person slide a riser under each raised leg.

Repeat the above step to insert the remaining two risers. If necessary, ask your assistant to take a turn in lifting the couch so that you do not do too much lifting.


You have the option to use a back brace before lifting the sofa in Steps 3 and 4 to ensure that you keep your back properly aligned. The sofa legs go on top of the riser area that has the flat top. Be sure to follow the instructions on the riser package to ensure that you use them properly and employ any other materials, such as rubber strips, that come with the risers.


Never twist your back while lifting to avoid injuring yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Another person
  • Gloves
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Brandy Alexander has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. Alexander runs her own art-glass business and has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" as well as various online publications.