How to Secure a Loose Chair Leg

If you have a chair leg that is loose, it should be tightened right away to prevent it from breaking and perhaps causing an injury to someone. It is a simple job that can be accomplished in a short time.

Items You Will Need:

  • Wood glue
  • Toothpicks
  • Wood expander (optional)
  • Utility knife

Step 1--Prepare the Chair

Turn the chair upside down and inspect the leg to be sure that it is just loose and not broken or split. Some chair legs screw in, so you should check to see if you can just screw it in. If it is a screw-in leg, unscrew it, put wood glue into the opening and re-screw it. Let it dry for at least 24 hours before using the stool.

Step 2--Repair a Loose Leg

If the leg is loose because the opening the end fits into is too large, this can be solved in one of two ways. Put wood expander into the area where the leg fits into the base. Let the chair rest per manufacturer's instructions.

If this doesn't work, remove the leg, put wood glue into the hole and insert the leg. Put toothpicks into the area to fill it in until the leg is snug. Allow the glue to dry and cut the extra wood from the toothpicks with a utility knife.