I’m pretty sure we can all relate to that feeling of rushing home after a long day of work, just to throw yourself on the couch and watch T.V till you fall asleep. Who can remember being a kid growing up, living life without a single care in the world. How about those family nights on Friday where everyone would get together for a great time, mom would order pizza, the kids would fight over their favorite spot on the couch, while dad was already half asleep on his favorite recliner before the movie even started. Some parents will retire in the homes they raise their kids in, while other families will move several times throughout ones childhood.
An Essential Part of Us
Personally, I’ve lived in many different places since a child. Even now in my late 20’s, I can still remember what it feels like to come home. As you should all know, there really isn’t a better feeling to describe. There’s a certain warmth and comfort that comes with feeling like you are where you rightfully belong.
For many folks it isn’t just a couch, its so much more. For some, it may be something that has been around for generations. It could have been a hand built rocking chair passed down by your great grandfather or maybe it was an antique you bought ten years ago while visiting another country. The point is there’s a lot of sentimental value when it comes to the items in ones home. Like Pictures, there can be hundreds of different memories that lay within something as simple as a sofa or one’s favorite chair.
Which brings me to my next question…
When the legs break on your furniture do you decide to just stand up or you’ll make it your solely mission to restore its value?
It may sound funny but what I’m asking is: when something goes wrong, do you just walk away? How long does it take for you to fight till you decide to give up? How many times must your iPhone drop before you decide to buy a new one? Better yet, how many cracks on the screen qualify for a new replacement? At times, we may not even realize the value we’ve put on the things we use around us.
Furniture Repair Tips
Tip#1 : How to Repair a sofa leg
- T-plate sofa leg attachment plate
- Putty knife
- Wood glue
- 3/8-inch drill bit
- 3/8-by-3-inch dowel
- Coping saw
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Putty crayon
- The Healing process…
Tip the sofa on its back. Unscrew the leg and remove it using your fingers with a counterclockwise motion. Tap the T-nut back into place on the couch frame with a hammer. Screw the leg back onto the couch. If the leg remains wobbly or tilted, unscrew and remove it.
Pry the T-nut out of the couch frame using a screwdriver. Insert a matching T-nut into the hole and hammer it flush with the frame. Screw the leg back onto the sofa using the new T-nut. If the leg remains wobbly, unscrew the leg and remove it. Pry the T-nut out of the frame.
Place the T-plate on the couch frame, inserting the protruding end into the hole from the T-nut. These are special T-plates designed for sofa legs and are square with a threaded hole in the center. Tap the T-plate flush with the hammer. Insert 1-inch screws in each of the four drilled holes in the plate. Drive the screws into the frame using a drill/driver. Screw the leg back onto the frame using the new T-plate.
Unscrew the legs and apply the bandages carefully
- Tip the couch on its back. Unscrew the leg using a counterclockwise motion.
- Grasp the base of the bolt with pliers. Unscrew the bolt from the leg.
- Insert the tip of a putty knife into any crack or split and pry it apart. Apply glue to the crack or split. Then rub the glue into the crack with your finger until saturated. Remove the putty knife.
- Drill a hole through the leg using a drill/driver and 3/8-inch bit. Drill perpendicular to the crack, all the way through the leg. If the crack is longer than 4 inches, drill two, evenly spaced holes.
- Apply wood glue to the hole. Place a clamp across the crack and apply pressure. Insert a 3/8-by-3-inch dowel into the hole. Tap the dowel with a hammer until the dowel extends equally from both sides of the leg. Allow the glue to dry for at least one hour and remove the clamp.
- Cut off the exposed ends of the dowel using a coping saw. Sand the ends lightly using 100-grit sandpaper. Color the ends of the dowels with a matching putty crayon.
- Screw the threaded bolt back onto the leg. Screw the leg back onto the sofa frame.
What will you do?
Finally, I’m pretty sure at this point the question has now been answered. Yes, I do decide to stand up and do something. I am not going to simply give up and head to the store to buy something new. Don’t get me wrong, its absolutely refreshing to buy something new that you like and create new memories. However, I’ll assure you there is no better and more comforting feeling than being able to keep alive the memories you’ve already created.