Couch extended feet to make a couch higher
Newer couches have feet that
screw on, as at the bottom in the picture below. If yours does, you can make a simple longer
couch foot, shown below, out of 4x4 lumber
Picture #1, 4x4 longer leg compared to original leg
When you’re done and the new
longer feet are installed, the couch will sit higher, at whatever height you
chose. No more struggling to get out of
Your couch will look like
Picture #2, Leg extension installed
It’s simple and costs less than
$10. The only materials are a special
screw/bolt and a 4x4.
To make the extended sofa feet (if your
sofa has screw-on feet):
- Determine the current height of the couch seat
and how much higher you want it to be.
- Unscrew a foot and take it to a hardware
store. Ask for a hanger bolt; these have
wood thread on one end and machine thread on the other (on the left below with
two nuts on the machine thread end). Get
one with the same machine thread as the sample foot you brought along, See
- From a lumber yard that has a radial arm saw
that can cut a 4x4 in one pass, buy a
4x4 and have them cut 4 pieces the length of the original foot plus whatever
added height you want; on my sofa, this was 8 ½ inches long. Make sure
the cuts are true and square, so it sits flat against floor & sofa! Home Depot has both the hanger bolts and a
big enough radial arm saw.
- Use a drill press to drill a true vertical hole
in the end of each 4x4 to accept the wood screw end of the hanger bolt. It takes a drill press to make sure the hole
in perfectly vertical.
- As in the left-hand picture below, thread two
nuts on the machine thread end of the hanger bolt and jam them against each
other to lock them in place, then use the nuts to screw the hanger bolt into
one end of the 4x4. Unlock the nuts and
remove them…ending up like the right-hand picture below.
- Remove all four original feet and screw on the
extended feet made out of 4x4 lumber.
Disclaimer: If this
work is done in a workmanlike fashion, it will be reasonably strong. However, you should realize that the longer
the extension, the more leverage it can represent. You should take care when moving the sofa;
pick it up, don’t push it around! If
your extensions are long, you might consider reinforcing them with a strip of
plywood between them to protect them from possible shear force.