How to Install Bun Feet on Furniture
Bun feet are furniture feet that have a shape something like a slightly squashed ball. Bun feet are available in a number of styles and heights, but most are hardwood and all are low supports for case and upholstered pieces that have no legs, just the feet. They are fairly simple to install on a cabinet or sofa that make it look a bit lighter by being raised above the ground. Two basic methods for attaching the feet include metal screw dowels and metal foot plates.
Metal Screw Dowels
Measure each wood bun foot to find the exact center of the top and mark it. Line up the bun feet with the underside of the furniture and mark where the center point of each foot will meet the furniture.
Drill a 2-inch deep hole at each of the marks -- in the center of the bun foot and the corresponding marks on the furniture. Use a drill bit that matches the size of the metal screw dowel -- for a 5/16-inch dowel use a 5/16-inch drill bit.
Grasp a metal screw dowel with locking pliers and screw it into a bun foot. Do this with all four bun feet -- or with as many bun feet as the piece requires.
Screw the bun feet into the drilled holes in the furniture until the top of each bun foot is flush with the underside of the furniture. Metal screw dowels are self-leveling and allow you to attach the bun feet snugly to the furniture.
Right the piece of furniture so it sits squarely on the bun feet. You may want a friend to help you turn the piece over and set it in place.
Measure about 1 1/2 inches in from the corners of the underside of the furniture to position the metal plates. Experiment with the bun feet to see precisely where the plates need to go and mark the same measurement for each corner.
Position the foot plates and poke a pencil into the screw holes to mark the spots to attach the plates to the furniture. Screw the plates securely to the underside of the furniture at the marks.
Line up the screw dowels in the bun feet with the center holes in the foot plates and screw a bun foot into each plate. Set the furniture on its new bun feet.
- Use level foot plates for most bun feet. Slanted plates will attach bun feet at an angle -- only appropriate for some period pieces and certain types of bun feet.
- Place a strip of painters' tape on your drill at the 2-inch mark. Once the tape touches the bun foot or the underside of the furniture, you can stop drilling and the holes will be at the correct depth.
- Back-thread a half-turn as you begin to screw bun feet into drilled holes or foot plates, to ensure you don't start the connection at an angle and strip the threads.
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