How to Protect Chair Foot Rest Rungs From Wear

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The horizontal bars attaching the legs of this chair are chair rungs.
The horizontal bars attaching the legs of this chair are chair rungs. (Image: Jupiterimages  /Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Chair rungs refer to the horizontal bars that run from one chair leg to the other; they're commonly found on high-legged chairs such as bar stools. They provide a place for users to rest their feet. Because these rungs often have the weight of human legs on them and come into contact with the dirty soles of people's shoes, they can weaken or deteriorate. You can protect them so they last as long as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Foam
  • Utility knife
  • Hook-and-loop tape with adhesive backing

Measure the length and circumference of the foot rest rungs on each chair. Cut a piece of upholstery foam for each rung that is the the same length as each rung and in a width equal to the circumference.

Cut a strip of hook-and-loop tape for each piece of foam. Each piece of hook-and-loop tape you cut should match the length of each chair rung. Set them aside.

Wrap each piece of foam around each separate chair rung. Peel off the strips that cover the adhesive backing on the hook-and-loop tape. Press one side of the tape to just underneath the top flap of foam.

Peel the adhesive backing off the other end of the hook-and-loop tape and press that piece to the portion of foam just underneath the top flap of foam.

Press the two pieces of hook-and-loop tape together.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe down the chair foot rest rungs once a week with a soft cloth and an all purpose cleaner.
  • The thicker, denser and stronger the type of foam you use, the more protection for the chair rungs.
  • Some chair rungs have a screw on one side. Tightening the screw weekly helps reinforce their strength.

References

  • "More Splash Than Cash Decorating Ideas"; Donna Babylon; 1999
  • "Furniture Repair & Refinishing"; Brian Hingley; 1998
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