Repairing Antique Furniture Chair Legs

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Plastic or cork bases
Wood glue

Antique furniture chairs may require fixing and repairing from time to time due to the fact that they have been in use for several years. The chair’s legs may become slightly damaged or broken and this may cause the chair to become rather wobbly. These are some basic steps to bear in mind which can help you to repair antique furniture legs.

Step 1- Check the Legs Of The Chair

First of all place the chair in question upside down so as to inspect its legs to see where the problem lies.

Step 2 - Measure

Once you determine where the defect which is causing the unsteadiness is, measure the chair legs’ length. The discrepancy on one or more of the legs will confirm where the defect is.

Step 3 - Sanding

One method to make the chair less wobbly is to sand the other legs to make them match up with the length of the shorter leg or legs. This is recommended especially when the legs have patterns or elaborate designs. This is quite common in antique chairs. Keep scrubbing lightly and carefully with the sandpaper. You need to make sure that their base is smooth in the end to avoid any further wobbling.

Step 4 - Attach Bases

Another way to repair chair legs is to attach plastic or cork bases underneath the legs. This will serve as a foundation for all the legs. It will also help in protecting the legs’ bases and avoid any chipping and possible breaking off while moving the chairs. In case you notice that any one or more of the chair’s legs is damaged by being shorter or chipped off, you can customize the attachment by cutting it accordingly or else by fixing more than one. This will help to make the damaged leg even with the other legs.

Step 5- Repairing a Split

There might be cases where one of the chair’s legs has a split. If this is the case use a screwdriver so as to open the split. Do this slowly and carefully so as to avoid splitting it any further. In order to do this better you may need to unscrew the leg from the chair. So if this is possible do so. Once you have opened the split enough fill in the gap created with wood glue. As soon as you’re ready use a C-clamp to bring the split back together. As soon as the glue hardens you can then remove the clamp and if desired paint the leg to hide the adjustment. Screw the leg back onto the chair.

These basic steps and tips show how you can easily repair common faults in chair legs without having to buy new chairs or spend much money. Antique chairs often have a value and their value increases by time, so it is worthwhile to try to repair them.