How To Add Legs To Furniture Fast And Easy

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They’re just so boxy! You know those nightstands with no legs… seriously lacking height! Let me show you how to add legs to furniture that I call shorties. Short furniture got no reason to live! Hahaha! Remember that tune from the 70s? 😀

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How To Add Legs To Shorty Furniture

Before adding legs to furniture, you'll need a few things first. Read more...

First off, this shorty nightstand was married into the family 15 years ago. He said, “you marry me, you marry my furniture.” YIKES! It took me a few years to convince him that I could freshen up the look a bit. So, 1o years later, I gave it legs and a new paint job. It’s not the prettiest makeover but it sure is better than it was.

What You Will Need To Add Legs To Furniture

Supplies List

The Nightstand Makeover

Building The Base For The Legs

To add legs to furniture like these particleboard beauties, (ha!) you'll need to build up the base with a few pieces of solid wood.

To add legs to furniture like these particleboard beauties, (ha!) you’ll need to build up the base with a few pieces of solid wood. Leftover 1x4s works well. Simply cut what you need. The underside of the nightstand already had wood strips to support the bottom so I added a few more strips of wood to raise the height so it would be more flush with the bottom. If you’re stacking 2 wood pieces together to get your height, use wood glue and secure them in place with nails or screws. * Using boards the full length of the dresser or nightstands is preferred for additional strength when adding legs to furniture.

Securing Hardware To The Legs

For this style of wood leg, you will need to secure the bolt hangers inside the legs. These wood legs did not come with screws, but some do.

For this style of wood leg, you will need to secure the bolt hangers inside the legs. These wood legs did not come with screws, but some do. Basically the bolt hangers are big ole screws. One end is for wood and the other is a bolt with threads that will screw into the tee nut.

Next, you will need to prepare the wood legs for the tee nuts. These are crazy strong anchors that will hold just about anything.

Next, you will need to prepare the wood legs for the tee nuts. These are crazy strong anchors that will hold just about anything. Because this piece was made from particleboard and it’s super heavy, I chose this method of attaching the wood legs. Pre-drill the holes and countersink for the tee nuts if you want the legs to be flush. Use a hammer to secure the tee nuts into the holes where the legs will screw in.

Instant Legs On Furniture!

How to add wood legs to furniture for an updated look.

A New Color For The Nightstand

After you add legs to wood furniture, you have to paint it! The nightstands were painted 2 coats of Butter Cream chalk mineral paint with a mild distressing of the paint to give it that aged worn look.

After you add legs to wood furniture, you have to paint it! The nightstands were painted 2 coats of Butter Cream chalk mineral paint with a mild distressing of the paint to give it that aged worn look. One of my favorites! And it now matches my bed! Want to see how the whole room looks? CLICK HERE to see how we updated our bedroom.

I was really surprised at how much I loved them after adding the wood legs. My plan (don’t tell hubby) was to keep them a few years and then gently move them out for a more “my style” piece. It’s been three years and I’m okay for now. And if you’re curious about my bed… it’s amazing! CLICK HERE to see more. We built it together after we married so I guess I’m okay with HIS furniture after all.

So what do you think? Would you add legs to furniture? I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below, or if you just wanna say hi… I’ll happy to hear from you.

Until the next project… xo, Do

It\'s too short! Why not add legs to furniture and bring it up to date with the current styles instead of buying new? I\'ll show you how!

2 Comments

  • Hi Do! Happy New Year. I noticed here lately that your favorite color is Buttercream. That is one color that i have not used yet but it looks so pretty on your furniture. Is that the same color as your headboard? That headboard is enormous and stunning! I have a hope chest almost identical to yours. My mom had it for years and now its mine and i’m filling it up for my grandaughter. I guess that is Buttercream also?
    Thank you for sharing and teaching. People like me would be lost without people like you. 🙂

  • Thank you, Cheryl! It is Butter Cream! It’s my go-to vintage color. I’m doing the same thing for my Granddaughters. 🙂

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