How to Replace Legs on a Queen Anne Chair

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How to Replace Legs on a Queen Anne Chair
Frame-style Queen Anne legs are easy to replace. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Queen Anne style is an ornate, opulent style that incorporates carved wooden legs with either hardwood or upholstered seats and backs. The Queen Anne style has been around for many years and a lot of the chairs are still in use. Often the legs are the first things to go because they slide across the floor and split or crack at the feet or where they are joined to the chair frame. There are replacement parts available for most chairs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Replacement legs
  • Sawhorses
  • Cordless screw gun
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Glue
  • Metal braces, (optional)

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  1. 1

    Turn the chair upside down and lay across two sawhorses. Using a screw gun, unscrew all the braces that hold the legs to the frame. The braces could be either metal or wood. There will be one large screw penetrating the leg through the brace in the centre, and two smaller screws penetrating the brace into the frame of the chair.

  2. 2

    Grab the legs. If they are already loose, pull them out of the frame. If they seem stuck, tap on the legs sideways with a hammer to free them and then remove them.

  3. 3

    Scrape off any residual glue or debris with a chisel from the area where the legs attach to the frame. If there are any small brads or nails, use diagonal pliers to pull them out. Scrape the frame clean and smooth where the legs touch.

  4. 4

    Apply a small amount of glue to the area where the leg touches the frame. Stand the leg in place against the corner of the frame where the old one came off. Fit the brace over the leg where it came off of the frame. Using the screw gun, screw the sides of the brace to the frame using the same screws that came out of the brace. You should see glue oozing out from behind the leg.

  5. 5

    Screw the large screw through the centre of the brace into the leg. Push hard to compress the brace against the leg. Do all four sides.

Tips and warnings

  • If your braces are wood, you can replace them with metal braces if you want. Just take one of your new legs down to a hardware or furniture parts store and find an appropriate brace.
  • These instructions are for frame-style Queen Anne chairs. Some Queen Anne style chairs have integrated legs and frames. These type of legs cannot be removed and have to be refurbished while still on the chair. If you attempt to cut them off, the chair will fall apart.

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