How to Fix Chair Legs

The legs are one of the weakest points on a chair.

The legs of wooden chairs easily become loose or break off at the joints.The legs of wooden chairs easily become loose or break off at the joints.
They can become loose and even break off through use and wear. Persons scooting closer or away from the table or leaning back and balancing on the back legs put a high amount of stress on this delicate part of the carpentry. But despite the fragile nature of this component, chair legs can be fairly easily repaired using wood glue and screws.

Number each leg and the corner in which it fits for ease of reinstallation.

Find and remove any nails or screws holding the legs in place.

Use a dead blow hammer to remove any legs that are loose, but not completely broken off.

Sand off any old glue residue.

Reglue legs in the positions specified by the numbers placed in step one. Clamp to secure, and allow to dry for 24 hours.

Remove clamps and screw legs to the frame through the existing holes. If no screws or nails originally fastened the legs in place, screw each leg to the frame.

Things You Will Need

  • Dead blow hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Wood screws
  • Drill

About the Author

Darci Pauser began writing in 2001. Her work has been featured in publications such as the "UC Berkeley Undergraduate Journal," Indybay and the West Texas Weekly. Pauser holds a certificate in sustainable agriculture from California's Green String Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.