You probably don’t think much about a couch leg until it’s broken. Perhaps a budding gymnast decided to turn the family room in his or her trampoline park. Maybe a remodeling specialist scraped the couch across the floor one too many times. There’s also a chance that a makeover maven wants to spruce up the lumpy settee with some nice new spokes, possibly made out of wood or metal instead of plastic.
Upscaling Your Sofa Legs
Jennifer Campbell of Set Your Stage demonstrates how replacing plastic sofa legs with chrome ones can make a ho-hum couch look much more stylish. A few new holes need to be drilled, but once done the couch gets a brand new look.
Mending a Broken Frame
When a sofa leg snaps, sometimes the leg is intact, but the point in the frame where the leg screwed into the seat has split. To attach a new leg with a snug fit, you’ll probably need a metal top plate with screw holes that match up with the leg’s dowel screw. Drill new holes to screw the plate in place as well as create a space for the leg to attach. When you pick a location on the sofa to place the plate, be sure the frame has plenty of wood left in the area so it won’t split again.
Installing Hanger Bolts
Some new sofa legs need a hanger bolt installed. That may seem like a simple tweak, but using a couple of nuts to create a screw top makes the process much easier.