How To Level Chair Legs? Easy Step-by-step Guide

Helen Skeates
Helen Skeates
14 min read

Do you know what’s going to annoy you at the end of a long day? On a chair with uneven legs, I sit down.

Think about it: you’ve just arrived home from a long day’s work, and you’re ready to relax. As soon as you sit down in the chair, it begins to rock back and forth!

The cardboard under one of the legs can be inserted now, but it’s an ugly. You’ll have an unsteady chair again if the piece of cardboard falls out.

In order to use this chair, you’ll need to make sure the legs are perfectly level. And what’s the point of a seat if it doesn’t allow you to relax and unwind?

That shaky chair probably isn’t appealing to you, so why are you here? And you’re ready to fix it up! Fortunately, the steps outlined below are simple and won’t necessitate any special carpentry equipment.

What you need:

  • That shaky chair probably isn’t appealing to you, so why are you here? And you’re ready to fix it up! Fortunately, the steps outlined below are simple and won’t necessitate any special carpentry equipment.
  • If you’re reading this, you’re undoubtedly fed up with the shaky chair in the corner. And you’re ready to fix it up! Because they are so simple, you won’t need any special carpentry tools to do this project.
  • To be honest, I don’t know if I’m alone in my dislike of the chair. And now you’re all set to get it back in working order! You won’t even need to get out your carpentry tools to complete these simple instructions. Thank goodness!
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Tape
  • Cutlery (for the tape)
  • Seeing coping (or any saw that you have)
  • a bench or table that may be raised or lowered
  • The material used to make sandpaper (100-grit)
  • An identical chair-matching varnish or stain (optional)


Chair legs made of wood should follow these instructions. These chairs’ legs quickly wear out due to the substance they’re made of.

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If the chair is constructed of metal and wobbles, the issue may be caused by something else.


Make sure you wear eye and hand protection to avoid any accidents. Keep in mind that you’ll be working with sharp objects, so proceed with caution!

Step 1: Identify the uneven legs

We’ll begin by determining which leg is generating the problem. This can only be done on a perfectly flat surface.

Examine each leg by placing it on top of a table.

Check for two short legs by rocking the chair back and forth. At eye level, you can tell which leg does not contact the surface of the table.

Step 2: Measure the gap between the leg and the surface

Mark the distance using a ruler between the tabletop and the base. This will give you a guideline for how much meat to cut from the remaining legs.

Step 3: Mark the legs that do not move

Wrap the immobile leg(s) in masking tape. Just to be sure, you can rock the chair again.

Those that stay put are the ones that need to be pruned. Make sure you identify which legs need to be trimmed by marking them.

Step 4: Turn the chair over

A cloth can be used to prevent damage to the chair’s opposite side. This way, you won’t have to worry about damaging the chair’s upholstery.

Step 5: Remove any metal parts at the bottom of the legs

You might see a metal guard similar to this on your chair, although it will depend on the model you have. That can be eliminated using whatever means are at your disposal.

You might try prying it off with a chisel and hammer, or whatever works best for you.

Step 6: Measure and mark the legs to be trimmed

Pay special attention to the legs you taped off.

Do you recall the length of the space between the table legs and the floor? You should cut the legs to the same length.

Wrap the area with masking tape to protect it while you cut.

Step 7: Start sawing

Get to work with a coping saw. To achieve a more uniform look, short strokes are recommended.

Use a coping saw if you have one, but otherwise any saw that is safe for wood will do.

Step 8: Sanding

After sawing off the surplus, smooth it out using 100-grit sandpaper.

Step 9: Double-check!

In order to see if the rocking chair is still functioning, you should flip it over. If that’s the case, you’ll need to sand the chair down until it’s perfectly horizontal.

Step 10: Final steps

Wood finishes can be removed by sanding or sawing. This step is completely discretionary, but it can help things look better organized.

Wood can be revitalized with a new coat of stain or varnish. Ensure that the wood stain complements the rest of the chair, though.

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Other furniture problems you can handle yourself

Even though it’s a cliche now, the adage that “with great furniture comes great responsibility” holds truer than ever. Damaged furniture is a common problem, necessitating frequent repairs.

A professional should not be called every time a piece of furniture cracks or splinters. Here are a few common furniture issues and the simple solutions you can implement right now.

Loose wood joints

Chairs at the dinner table may develop loose joints after being dragged and dropped off for years. The first step in making the necessary repairs is to get rid of the old wood glue. Then, use a syringe to inject wood glue into the cracks between the planks.

Busted handles

Over time, repeated use can wear down the screw holes in handles and cause them to become stripped. The handles are hopeless to tighten once they’ve grown loose.

Some putty would have to be poured into the screw holes for the screws to grip. After the putty has dry, you can replace the handle with a screw.

Wood scratches

Wood is durable but can be damaged by scratches. Because of this, table tops, chair seats, and other furniture will inevitably become scratched over time.

You can add a paste finishing wax to make them seem absolutely perfect. So that you don’t have to fret over color coordination, clear wax is available at most hardware and home improvement stores.

10 Tips for Taking Care of Wood Furniture

1. Don’t Mistreat Furniture

Always use coasters when laying glasses or mugs down on wood tables, and never set hot food down without a trivet or potholder to prevent damage. Put down some ornamental placemats or a tablecloth to prevent stains on your dining room table.

2. Avoid Environmental Damage

The natural beauty of wood can be destroyed by the effects of time in the sun and heat. Don’t put expensive furniture in direct sunlight or near heating sources like fireplaces or vents.

3. Dust Often

Dusting is one of the least-favorite household chores, but it’s essential for keeping your furniture in good condition. Particles in the air can settle and form a coating that scratches wood. Maintaining a regular dusting routine prevents this buildup. Wearing cotton T-shirts, using cloth diapers, or utilizing microfiber will help prevent any wear and tear. For dusting intricate carvings and other hard-to-reach surfaces, nothing beats the effectiveness of a lambswool duster.

4. Keep Your Wood Clean

It’s not always possible to get by with only dusting, and you may need to perform a more thorough cleaning of your wood furniture. Never use an all-purpose cleaning, since they often include harsh chemicals that might harm the finish. Soak a cloth in water with a moderate dish detergent and use it to scrub the sticky or filthy area. Squeeze as much water out of it as you can, and then use it to clean the area gently. After wiping with a wet cloth containing only water, you should rinse the surface and dry it off with a soft, dry cloth.

5. Protect Your Wood

Both silicone oil and petroleum distillates are common in commercial polishes and sprays, giving your wood a bright new look while also protecting it. Take care not to overuse the product, since this might lead to a gummy film that attracts dirt. Products designed to prevent this buildup must be buffed thoroughly before use, and they must never be used in conjunction with a wax protectant.

6. Treat Wear and Tear

Wooden furniture can get damaged even if you take good care of it. Use a product like Old English Scratch Cover to hide superficial damage. This liquid polish covers up scratches and brings out the wood’s natural sheen.

If the damage is too severe for polishes or touch-up sticks to repair, but you aren’t ready to part with your cherished fixture just yet, you may need to take more radical measures. Painting worn furniture can give it new vitality and add years to its useful lifespan. One more way that painting beats re-staining is that you can avoid the time-consuming step of sanding.

7. Re-Oil Dry Wood

Re-oiling stored furniture may be necessary if it has become very dry. Murphy’s Oil Soap or similar suitable cleaner should be used first, followed by #0000 steel wool applied in a grain-forward motion to rough up the surface. After applying your furniture oil, wait 15 minutes for it to sink into the wood. Wait at least 24 hours after applying a protective coating to your furnishings.

8. Re-Wax as Needed

Some types of furniture may have a wax protective coating, depending on the finish. Waxing the surface again may be necessary to provide protection as the furniture ages. To get the surface ready, use #0000 steel wool and then wipe it down with a soft cloth. To apply wax, use a Scotch Brite pad and mild pressure, moving in the direction of the wood’s grain. You shouldn’t give the wax more than 20 minutes to harden. Wipe away any lingering wax with a clean Scotch Brite pad, then buff the area to a satiny sheen with a soft cloth.

9. Keep Wood Smelling Fresh

Older pieces, especially those that have been stored for a long time, might take on a musty odor over time. Baking soda can be used to freshen up the surface, and a pan of charcoal can be placed inside a drawer to absorb any lingering odors. If the weather is warm and dry, leaving the piece outside in the shade can help eliminate any lingering odor and restore the item to like-new condition.

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10. Remove Tough Stains

Beautiful wood furniture can still get discolored despite your best attempts to prevent it. You should clear any stain as soon as possible since the longer it stays, the more difficult it will be to remove.

  • A paste made of equal parts white toothpaste and baking soda can be used to remove the white residue that forms on damp glasses. Use it to scrub the stain clean. Then, polish the wood with a dry cloth after wiping it off.
  • Try using a cloth dampened with vinegar to gently blot the stain to remove any remaining evidence of water damage.
  • Spread some mayonnaise over the crayon marks to remove them. After waiting a couple of minutes, wipe it down with a moist towel and buff dry.

Taking care of your wood furniture properly isn’t difficult or time-consuming, and it will pay off in the long run by giving you years of enjoyment from furniture that looks and feels as good as the day you received it.

You’re done!

The final step is completed, and your chair is ready to use! You can use it again without getting frustrated by the uneven legs.

That was simple, right? If any of your wooden chairs ever become unstable again, you’ll know what to do.

Helen Skeates

Helen Skeates

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