Is it a good idea to make couch higher by changing legs?

shelendeMay 29, 2010

I have trouble getting up out of my couch because of my bad knees and a lot of the sofa's are too low for me. Has anyone ever purchased a sofa with removable legs and replaced them with legs that would be a few inches higher, purchased from those companies on the internet that sell furniture legs? None of the salespeople in the furniture stores ever heard of anyone doing that and I wonder if it actually helps make the couch more comfortable or throws the body out of kilter. Is it a crazy idea or something viable to do? As long as my feet touch the floor when I am sitting, how can that be a bad idea?

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I've never actually done it but have often thought of it. It seems to me that they are making furniture a little shorter now. Especially at mass production furniture stores.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 10:03AM
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I got the extra tall bed risers (7 additional inches) at BBB following DH abdominal surgery and put them under chair and 1/2 legs. Worked like a charm!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 10:12AM
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I did it on the couch in the bonus room. One of the legs cracked and so I decided that was a good time to also raise the height of the couch. I bought the new legs at Home Depot in the molding department. You just need to finish them. The bolts/screws fit the old brackets, so it was basically take out the old and put in the new. That said the couch does not have a skirt so the extra height wasn't an issue with the looks. It makes the couch set better and I should have done it sooner.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 12:12PM
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Just check with the sofa's manufacturer and see if it can be done. I wanted to just change the legs/feet on my H&M leather Chesterfield, and asked and expert on Hancock and Moore. He contacted the company and due to the way the legs are attached, it can't be done on mine.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 12:31PM
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I have a bad back and mobility issues so I certainly sympathize. I agree...check with manufacturer. Good luck with your project, hope it all works out.

Here is a link that might be useful: chair lift

    Bookmark   May 29, 2010 at 10:33PM
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