How to Fix a Wobbly Wood Chair

The wear and tear of everyday life can make even the sturdiest chair unsteady. But don't get mad, get even--get your chair's legs even, that is. Simply sand away the unevenness, and it's almost as good as new. See How to Fix a Wobbly Table for more ideas.

Step 1

Place the offending chair upside down on top of a plastic tarp or drop cloth.


Carefully measure the length of each leg to determine the wobble maker and its length (see A).

Step 3

On the other three legs, make a pencil mark at the same length as the wobbly one.


Gently sand each of the longer three legs until you reach the pencil mark, starting with coarse (80-grit) sandpaper and ending with fine (220-grit) sandpaper (see B). It's best to sand outdoors to keep the fine wood dust particles from permeating your home.

Step 5

If the chair has metal, cork or plastic glides, check the legs to make sure one is not missing. If a glide is missing, buy a replacement one at a hardware store. Glides are small disks used to protect floors from furniture.

Step 6

If one chair leg is 1/4 inch (6 mm) shorter than the other three, consider placing a glide on the shorter leg to make up the difference instead of sanding down the other three legs.

Step 7

Examine the chair joints--loose ones will cause the chair to wobble. Reinforce a loose joint with wood glue (see How to Reglue Joints of Chairs and Tables).