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Furniture Repair Tips - Drawers, Doors, Upholstery, Chairs

How to repair your furniture with quick step by step instructions.

Drawer Repair

Drawers Knobs
1) Drill a hold in the base of the knob.
2) Insert a half of a brad in the lower half of the hold pointing out. This brad will go into the wood and prevent the knob from turning.

Drawers that Stick
1) Take drawer out and let wood dry for several days.
2) Reseal all wood surfaces inside the drawer with a clear polyurethane or if you have wheels spray your runners with Pledge or other furniture polish

Drawer that wonít stay on the track.
1) Screw in a block of wood between the wall of the cupboard and the track to prevent the wheels from slipping off the track.

Drawer keeps falling out.
1) Pound a nail partially into the back of the drawer so that it will hit the edge before the drawer can fall out or nail a piece of wood sticking up from the back of the drawer.

One side of the drawer scrapes when I open it.
1) Place a thumbtack onto the bottom of the frame on the side where the drawer is worn to raise the drawer to the correct height.

Cabinet Door Repair

Sticking Cabinet Door
1) Feel the top/bottom of door to find any high spots and sand or plan door so that it is level.
2) If the door is sticking because of loose hinges, take out the pins and bend them slightly in the center to tighten the hinges.

Upholstery Repair

Fixing a Tear in Your Upholstery
1) Put paper under the tear and trace it with a pencil.
2) Use the pattern to cut the replacement fabric.
3) Glue similar material underneath the rip and then glue replacement fabric into area. Sewing can sometimes cause upholstery tears to look worse so glue is a great alternative.

Chair Tips

Chair Repair - Broken Leg

1) Glue and clamp leg back together.
2) Drill angled holes and glue dowels into them and trim the edges off.

Broken Spindle
1) Cut off the top of the spindle.
2) Drill a hole in the top of the spindle and insert a small spring and a dowel.
3) Drill another hold in the top of the chair back.
4) Apply glue and let dowel spring into place and dry.

Wobbly Chair
Solution 1: Take off rubber let tips and add washers inside on shorter leg.
Solution 2: If they are wooden legs without rubber tips find the short let by testing a thin wood block under each leg until the chair doesnít rock. Trim the other three legs so that each leg is the same length.

Loose Joint Repair
Solution 1: Glue and Clamp
Solution 2: Glue strips of thin cloth or wood around the loose joint and glue.

Tips for Chair Repair
1) If you need to take a chair apart label each joint on the leg and put alignment markings so that it will be easy to put back together.
2) If you need to remove a leg. Use a rubber mallet, but make sure the leg has support or it could break.
3) To remove old glue, brush some hot vinegar on the joints. It will work within an hour and not take off any finish.
4) Use glue and dowels if needed instead of nails or screws. If nails or screws are needed, only use them where they were used before.
5) When gluing, be sure to remove all old glue so that new glue will stick.
6) Make sure you are using wood glue.
7) Clamp parts you are gluing together to ensure a tight gluing. If you donít have clamps tie rope or bungee cords around chair tightly.


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