Adding Legs To Furniture {How To} -

Did you all see my post last week about my Mom’s blue buffet?

I added legs to give it a whole new look and I wanted to share with you how easy it is!

My parents found this awesome little buffet at Habitat for Humanity and picked it up for $50. It was in great shape aside from needing a new paint job (which turned into a bigger project than I expected) but it was lacking something

Furniture legs!

You can buy furniture legs at many hardware stores. I happend to find these pretty legs at Lowe’s while shopping for a chandelier.

Here’s how you can do it too.

On the bottom of most framed pieces of furniture there are supports in the corners. These provide an excellent place to attach furniture legs.

First, start off by removing any existing feet, pads, rubber stoppers, slides. Whatever you want to call them, get rid of them. You want a clean flat, level surface for your brackets.

Next, you will need your brackets. Purchase STRAIGHT top plate brackets. They make angle top plate brackets and unless you want your legs to point out at an unusual angle these aren’t what you’re looking for. Sometimes the angled ones are mixed in the with straight ones so save yourself the trip and quadruple check they’re all the same kind.

Be sure your bracket doesn’t over hang or have any major problems fitting in your corners.

You can see from my photo that only 3 of my brackets holes were actually lined up with a solid surface. Have no fear, we can fix that.

Don’t worry we can easily add a solid surface for that last screw by using a few scrap pieces of wood. Really you can use anything just so long as it is solid and flat.

Drill a pilot hole away from the bracket screw hole and screw the scrap to the inside.

Put in your last bracket screw and you’re finished! Almost.

Screw in your furniture legs and be sure if they have any special design to make sure you’re consistent when you put them on. Once you’re finished, stand your piece up and all that’s left is paint!

A few coats of paint and you’d never know this doll had no legs to begin with!

It really is that easy. I’ve done this on a dresser I turned into a side board in my own home here.

I think it’s a great way to give an old piece of furniture new life!

What do you think?

Have you added legs to something before?

Have a terrific tuesday!!




  1. Awesomsauce!

  2. I just cant get over what a difference 4 little legs make to a piece of furniture. Makes me want to go add legs to everything in my house!

  3. What is the shake factor like when the piece is that large/heavy? Are feet that screw in enough to keep it sturdy? Looks great!

  4. I had a large dresser that I originally did this to and I used 6 instead of 4 legs since it was 71″ long! This smaller buffet had no problems with 4 legs. I would recommend not going much higher than about 6-8″. I think the taller you get the more likely you’ll have a wobble problem. The sideboard with 6 legs I push around the house on little gliders and the legs haven’t had any problems. I think so long as your plates are firmly attached you shouldn’t have any problems!

  5. Nice tutorial, and what a transformation! The legs made a HUGE difference.

  6. Katherine Landreneau says:

    Awesome! Gonna walk around the house to see what I can add legs to!!! haha

  7. What a fantastic tutorial! The legs on that piece really transform it. It’s beautiful and the color is so unique.


  8. It looks fantastic!! I’ll have to show my husband this. I’d love some new legs on his TV unit…

  9. I love this post. I had a bad experience trying to attach legs to a bookcase a few years back and haven’t had the courage to try it again. The brackets are a fantastic suggestion. Also here are a few online resources I’ve found for legs online. Keep up the great posts!


  10. Elizabeth W. says:

    What a great post and tutorial! I love refinishing furniture, it’s so much fun. You did such an amazing job on this buffet.

  11. Do you have any suggestions for adding legs to a cabinet that does not have the square supports? My cabinet’s weight sits directly on the front and sides. So far, I plan to attach a plywood base (trim out the edge) and add the legs to the plywood base.

  12. I’m so impressed by the creativity of others…I realize now so much of what I’ve discarded in the past could have been put to use in other ways…Thank you for your contribution.

  13. Found you via Pinterest, I love what you did with the paint and the LEGS! I haven’t been this impressed with furniture legs since the leg lamp in A Christmas Story, HA! Anyway, thanks for the tut. I believe I’m going to try this on my dresser. It’s a big, low, super wide thing that blocks the floor vent in my room, it will be nice to lift it up some and get some air flow, plus i think it’ll look great too! Hugs!

  14. Help!
    I have the same problem. Husband says that he’s not a carpenter so he has no suggestions for making it work. I think I need to build a base and set the cabinet on that, but don’t know if I need six legs since it’s pretty heavy.

    I found this post doing a search for how to add legs to a cabinet.


  15. OMG! Awesomeness. I had been considering prettypegs but was trying to justify $100 for 4 legs on my IKEA sofa as the clunky blocks it comes with just isn’t doing it for me but just couldn’t do it. I should have know somebody would think of something more thrifty. Thanks for the brain kickstart! Looks great!

  16. Thanks! I’m wanting to put furniture legs on a twin bed instead of the ugly frame legs. not sure if I will have to take it off the frame or if the legs will come off the frame. Love the brackets, makes the idea a lot more do-able.

  17. I know what you mean – I added extra legs to other legs of my furniture and even to the the tennis balls I shall be using this weekend – I HAVE GONE LEGS MAD!!!!, – try adding stockings to the longer legs looks fab :)

  18. Love the legs, but what caught my eye was the color. What paint brand and color is that? My daughter has been trying to match a color in her bedspread, and that is really close! Thanks.

  19. My best tip is don’t pay the fortune that most new legs cost..anywhere from $5-$25 EACH!!

    Instead, you can find amazing things at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (if your location takes donations of used stuff–not all do..) , Garage Sales, Goodwill/Salvation Army. Seattle has this great place, also called ReStore (NOT related to Habitat) where they not only take donations, they will also go out and do salvage at older homes being torn down. Examples of second hand deals on legs and feet: At Goodwill, 2 sets of table legs for $4 total–Set of 3 that attach at an angle…the retro looking ones that go with those cheap press board occasional tables, and another set of 4 similar legs but for straight up and down attaching. Then at a garage sale I got a set of 4 turned wood bun feet for $1 !!

  20. I forgot to mention, at my local Restore, I bought 4 second hand sturdy newels ( the heavy post on staircases)for $4 each….an amazing buy, since I saw the same newels brand new at Home Depot for over $70! I figure that set of newels can be cut down into three sets of short legs!

  21. sometimes the smallest of touches can completely transform a piece. I know we added some adjustable table legs to and old table in our home. It really helped give the room so much more flexibility. We found it using it more and more for all sorts of things

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  23. Keeley Bigelow says:

    Thank you for posting this! I was just looking for a quick fix for my dresser and this is a wonderful (ly easy) tutorial!

  24. Нey very nice blog!

  25. Hi I am working on an Interior Design Certification and I am meeting with a client for a particular assignment. The client is attached to certain items that, for the style decor she wants, will need transformation. This is an amazing idea and the client gets to keep her furniture and use her ‘budget money’ for something else. With a little paint and new knobs and drawer pulls she has furniture that will now be easily incorporated into her new design scheme.
    Thank you for this creative and practical solution !

  26. I like reading an article that will make people think.

    Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

  27. To be fair the new paint & fixtures had a lot to do with the facelift.

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  29. This is exactly the info I needed to finish an old dresser into something new and fun! I am blogging about it right now and including a link to your blog. Thanks so much!!!

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