The Sofa Saga Part 2 (how to replace karlstad legs)

As I mentioned in The Sofa Saga Part 1, I wasn’t loving those legs. They looked cheap and IKEA-y.

origlegs

Switching up or altering the legs on a Karlstad for a sleeker, sexier, less IKEA look is by no means an original idea.  It’s been done here, here, here, here, here, and here, and probably by hundreds of other people. There are even companies that make better looking replacements for IKEA legs such as Pretty Pegs, and Uncle Bob’s Workshop. The latter makes replacement legs specifically for the Karlstad, and I would have seriously considered them if we didn’t need 8. 8 x $9+ = too much for me to spend in addition to already buying the damn couch. Luckily Lowes offers cheaper options. We found these for less than $3 each.

plainleg

The other supplies we needed included mounting plates (less than $2.00 each). There was a choice between flat and angled, we choose flat (or as it says “straight”)

top plate

Stain – love me some golden pecan (I think this little jar was about $7, and we barely made a dent in it)

stain

supplies not pictured: a brush made for stain ($5?), clean cloths (free), masking tape (cheap), and a cardboard box (free). Howard Feed-n-Wax is optional, but I already had some lying around, so I figured, why not?

Step 1: Make sure that your replacement legs are roughly the same size as the originals.

sidebyside

Step 2: Tape over the metal part of the leg. I did the blue ones – that’s why they’re so much prettier.

taped legs

Step 3: Stab the screw end of the leg into a cardboard box so that it’s standing up straight-ish.

stucklegs

Step 4: Apply stain according to manufacturers instructions. I think we may have actually failed at that because I’m pretty sure we were supposed to be going with the grain, but it all worked out so who cares?

staining1 staining

Step 5: Wait desired amount of time, and then wipe off excess stain. Our container said to wait anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes depending on desired color. We waited 5.

wiping stain

Step 6: Wait … again, follow manufacturer instructions. Ours said to wait at least 8 hours for stain to dry.

(Optional) Step 7: Apply wax/polish/some type of sealant. With the Howard’s, you soak a clean cloth in the wax, wipe it on, wait 20 minutes, and then buffer it off. Easy peasy, and it smells like oranges.

howardpolished

Step 8: Remove the cushions and flip your couch over. Make a cushion fort if you feel so inclined. Because our sectional is such a beast, we ended up separating it into it’s three sections to make it more manageable.pillow fort

Step 9: Remove original legs. Just use the same tool you used to screw them in.

removingleg

Step 10: Remove plastic mounting plate. We used a flat head screw driver, and it was really easy. In these pictures my husband is working from the bottom, but I found it easier to work from the corner with the hole in it. There are no staples up there, so the screwdriver just slides right in.

plasticremoval1 plasticremoval2

TA-DA!

removedplastic

Step 11: Attach metal mounting plates with given screws. My husband did all of these, but I believe he tried to line the middle up over the original screw hole.

screwingplates mountedplate

Step 12: Screw in much better looking legs

mountedleg

Step 13: Flip that thing back over, reassemble if necessary, throw the cushions back on, and admire your new and improved couch.

couchnewlegs

b&a

Side note: We can keep the dogs off the couch, but we apparently can’t keep the dog hair off the couch. Dog hair dominates our lives!

2 thoughts on “The Sofa Saga Part 2 (how to replace karlstad legs)

  1. Pingback: The Sofa Saga Part 1 | Temporary Digs

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