Give your favorite comfy chair a quick makeover by replacing the feet. Update the look, change the height, or add casters to make it roll across the floor. Replacing chair feet is simple, and furniture feet come in countless shapes, sizes, and finishes. Most are variations of round, spool, bun, square, or ogee.
Things You'll Need
- Wrench or pliers
- 4 chair feet
- 4 dowel screws or hanger bolts with nuts
- Drill bits
Turn your chair on its back and remove the feet. If the feet attach with nuts on threaded bolts -- called hanger bolts -- unscrew each nut by turning it counterclockwise, using a wrench or pliers. Remove the nuts, and pull the feet free. If you don't see nuts, your chair feet are attached with dowel screws, which are double-ended wood screws. Turn the feet counterclockwise to unscrew them. Save one of the feet and its dowel screw or hanger bolt.
Purchase replacement feet and hardware. Use the old foot and hardware for size reference. New dowel screws or hanger bolts must be the same size as the old ones -- never smaller, or the legs will wobble. If the new feet have smaller holes than the old ones, you can enlarge the holes.
Enlarge the screw holes on the new feet with a drill, if necessary. The drill bit size should be specified on the package for your new dowel screws or hanger bolts.
Insert either end of your dowel screws -- or the pointy ends of hanger bolts -- into the holes on the chair feet. Screw clockwise. Use a pair of pliers to save wear on your fingers. Don't overtighten or you'll strip the holes.
Attach your new chair feet to the chair. For feet with dowel screws, insert the protruding ends of the screws into the screw holes on the bottom of the chair. Turn the feet clockwise until firmly attached. Don't overtighten. For feet with hanger bolts, slip the protruding end through the hole, and screw the nut clockwise onto the end. Tighten with a wrench or pliers.
Tips & Warnings
- If your chair doesn't have a skirt, you can raise the chair height by buying taller feet. Lower the chair height by attaching shorter feet.
- If you tend to move your chair around, try new feet with casters on the bottom. You'll save wear on the feet and make the chair much easier to move.
- If your chair has a skirt, your new feet must be the same height as the old ones or the skirt won't hang properly.
- Gwen Lausterer-Carpenter; Carpenter & Carpenter Designs; Memphis, Tennessee
- Photo Credit two colorful armchairs image by Julia Britvich from Fotolia.com
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