How to increase the height of an existing chair

Updated March 21, 2017

Chairs add function and style to many areas of the home, including the kitchen, the dining room and even home bars and libraries. If chairs are uncomfortably low or if, for any reason, they need to be heightened, the procedure can be done in many different ways. One of the easiest ways to increase the height of a chair is to extend the length of the chair legs by adding stoppers or leg raisers.

Determine how much higher you would like the chair to be. Have someone lift the chair to the desired height while you measure the distance from the chair to the floor. Or stack books beneath the chair until it has reached the desired height and measure the distance of the highest book to the floor.

Locate felt stoppers if you only want the chair raised a little bit. If you want the chair raised by more than a quarter inch, purchase the corresponding raisers. If the felt stoppers are not self-adhesive, heat a hot glue gun. Turn the chair onto its side and squeeze the hot glue onto the bottom of the chair legs. Press the felt stoppers to chair legs and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Make sure that the glue is completely dry before using the chair.

Spray paint or varnish the leg raisers so that they match the colour of the chair if necessary. Colour them outdoors or in a protected area to avoid staining other furniture. Allow the paint or varnish to dry before transporting the leg raisers or using the chair.

Turn the chair over on its side and, if using the leg raisers, place them onto each of the chair legs. Make sure that the leg raisers do not wobble once in place. If wobbling occurs, consider either getting a better-fitting size or using wood glue (or plastic cement) to stick the raisers firmly to the legs of the chair. If using glue or plastic cement, allow the adhesive to dry before using the chair.

Things You'll Need

  • Felt stoppers or leg raisers
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Tape measure
  • Paint or varnish (optional)
  • Wood glue or rubber cement (optional)
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