Picture this – you’re sitting down trying to enjoy a movie or get some work done. All of a sudden, you’re titling and leaning all over the place harder than those foosball dudes. The only time you want your chair to sway is when it’s a rocking chair. Otherwise, a wobbly chair is worse than having none all. You just don’t know when it’s going to give. What is the best approach on how to fix a wobbly chair?
Fortunately, there’s a very simple fix to this common nuisance.
The solution to this problem is to either add a spacer to the bottom of the short legs, or remove some materials from the long legs. The reality is that it is a trial and error process with its measure of failure. Just don’t end up like those guys in the movies who end up sawing the whole damn thing inch by inch.
Luckily, this is a wise way to correct the wobbles – and it works well for the first time around. You only need a cheap glue gun like in kids arts and crafts projects. Here’s how to fix a wobbly chair.
Re-Glue And Clamp
Using some clamps and glue is possibly the best and permanent solution to use. But while it might be simple, it is by no means fast. Fixing it might take minutes, but the glue will need hours to set before anyone can sit.
What You Will Need
- Carpenter’s wood glue
- Sandpaper or steel wool
- Vinegar (if needed)
- Wood clamp, strap clamp or tourniquet
How To Fix A Wobbly Chair Method 1: Long Term Repair
Here, you’ll need to take apart as much of the chair apart as possible. Hold on now, we only mean the loose or damaged bits i.e rungs, legs, etc.
Next remove all old glue and adhesives from the parts where you want to re-glue. You can use the steel wool and sandpaper for the most part, and vinegar to soften old glue which is difficult to remove.
Use carpenter’s wood glue on the both surfaces. Be generous with the glue since it’s a long term repair.
Use strap clamp or wood clamp to use pressure for thirty minutes on the joint. To bond well, leave the glue to set the whole night to dry it completely
How to Fix A Wobbly Chair Method 2: Repair Without Taking the Chair Apart
You need to do two things:
First off, you’ll need some super, quick action glue. I used a type of glue named Miracle Glue. If you keep it in the refrigerator, it will last for even longer.
It needs to glue surfaces which will wick well. If use well, it can soak between 2 pieces of wood though they are very much close to each other.
The next thing you’ll need is fine powder. Fine grain sawdust is perfect, but most options tend to be coarser than we’d like. If you get fine talcum powder or some baking soda, that is good too. You may use some spices or coffee grounds if they are fine. In fact, why not get crafty with it and make use of the colors? Let’s get to work.
- Step i: Orientate the chair so that gravity aids you as you work you powder of choice in the space between 2 pieces of woods. Note: at the time of doing this, you are leaving the dowel inside the whole of the other part of the chair. Do it until motion comes and gives between 2 pieces. Remove any excess powder round the whole to make it smooth.
- Step ii: Use the miracle glue on the top of the powder between the pieces and soak it well. I normally like to use a drop and do it until it soaks well. Three of four drops is enough if there is not that big of a gap.
If you use the right glue, the chair will be fixed within minutes. Either way, experts recommended waiting for 24 hours for the glue to set beforer anyone can sit.