Stabilize Wobbling Furniture

Simple Ways to Stabilize Wobbling Furniture

There are a few things that can happen to various furniture materials over years of regular use, and one example here for a few different kinds of furniture pieces is the piece becoming wobbly or slightly out of balance. Common for things like tables, chairs and other furniture pieces that have legs or multiple supports, a wobbly furniture piece can range from a slight annoyance to a regular frustration – but luckily, there are some simple ways to both avoid and remedy these issues.

At Amish Crafted Furniture, we’re here to offer a huge showroom of Amish solid wood furniture to clients around Tulsa, including living room furniture, dining room furniture, bedroom furniture and more. Our furniture is made from the highest quality wood available, and is built to resist issues like these over time – but in rare or long-term cases where furniture gets a bit wobbly, we’re here to offer basic expertise as well. Here are some simple ways of both avoiding and remedying wobbly or out-of-balance furniture with ease.

Purchasing High-Quality Items

First and foremost, the single best way to avoid any issues with wobbly furniture is to purchase high-quality items from the start. Our Amish-made furniture, for instance, is constructed using top-notch wood that’s built to resist issues like this over time – it’s not uncommon for our pieces to last multiple generations without ever becoming unsteady.

By contrast, low-quality materials will often result in a much shorter lifespan and a much higher likelihood of wobbly or unsteady furniture. And while it may be tempting to save money by purchasing these items, in the long run you’ll likely end up paying more as you have to replace them far more frequently.

Check the Floor

Before you begin worrying too much about a given furniture piece that seems unsteady, we recommend checking the floor first. In some cases, it’s not actually the furniture that’s the problem – it could be an uneven or sloped floor that’s causing the issue.

In some such cases, there will just be a small difference in slope that can be remedied by placing a small object, like a folded piece of paper or cardboard, under one leg to level it out. In other cases where the floor is more significantly uneven, shims may be needed. And in extreme cases where the floor is wildly unlevel, you may need to consider replacing your flooring entirely.

General Use Tips

Another simple way of avoiding wobbly furniture, or of extending the lifespan of any given piece before it becomes unsteady, involves how you use and maintain your furniture. For starters, being as gentle and careful as possible when moving furniture pieces is always recommended – dropping or bumping them can cause damage that leads to a shortened lifespan and more wobbly tendencies.

In addition, taking some basic maintenance steps like lubricating hinges and joints when needed will ensure that your furniture lasts for years to come without any issues. And finally, if you’re concerned about children or pets playing around and potentially causing damage, consider placing your furniture in a less-traveled area or securing it somehow to prevent any accidents.

Temporary Remedies

In cases where unsteadiness does arise in any given piece, there are a few temporary remedies that can help. First and foremost, consider repositioning the piece – this could involve moving it onto more level ground or simply adjusting its position slightly to find a stable area. If you’re only looking to level a piece for a few hours for a given event, you can utilize a card scraper or shim to get the job done.

If this doesn’t work, try tightening any loose screws or bolts you can see on the furniture – often times, these become looser over time and can be the primary reason for unsteadiness. In cases where this still doesn’t work, it may be time to consult a professional or consider replacing the furniture piece altogether.

Repair or Replacement

In many cases, a wobbly furniture piece can be repaired by a professional – but in some that are particularly old or damaged, it may simply be time to replace the item. If you’re unsure which route to take, consider the cost of repair versus replacement – if it’s going to cost more than half of what you originally paid for the piece to repair it, replacing it may be the better option.

If you do choose to purchase a new item, make sure to follow our tips on purchasing high-quality furniture made from durable materials – this will save you both time and money over time, ensuring that your furniture pieces last for years without ever becoming unsteady.

At Amish Crafted Furniture, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of high-quality, durable furniture pieces that are built by top professionals to last for generations. Whether you’re looking for sturdy living room furniture or elegant bedroom sets, we have something for everyone in our showroom. Contact us today to learn more about our wide range of solid wood furniture products for clients around Tulsa!