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Replace IKEA legs for a chair, couch, and more

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I love the clean, classic lines of IKEA’s Ekero chair, but that affection doesn’t extend to the steel legs that came with it. I went on a quest to replace IKEA legs, and here’s what I found.

Ekero chair with original steel legs

IKEA’s Ekero chair includes (unattractive) steel legs.

For handcrafted legs that fit Ekero, Ektorp, Klippan, and other IKEA lines, check out the Thirteen Colonies store on Etsy; the shop is based in Vermont, USA. Be sure to specify what line of furniture you’re buying the legs for. The shop owner needs to use particular bolts to match your piece of furniture. I bought the Danbury legs in kona brown. They have a clean midcentury style that makes the chair look like a higher-end furnishing:

Ekero chair with replacement legs

Ekero chair with replacement legs from the Thirteen Colonies store on Etsy. The legs echo the lines of IKEA’s Lovebacken table on the right.

I was very pleased with quality of the legs, and they fit well.

There are other sources for IKEA replacement legs you can check out, too:

  • Amazon sells several replacement legs that work with some IKEA furniture lines.
  • Prettypegs, based in Stockholm, offers a variety of legs.
  • Uncle Bob’s Workshop makes replacement legs for Karlanda, Karlstad, Kivik, and other IKEA lines.

Have you replaced legs on your IKEA furniture? Share your experience in the comments.

12 Comments

  1. Hi thanks for this post, looks great! When you replaced the rear legs on your Ekero how did you accommodate for the angled attachment of the leg to the mounting plate?

    Thanks!

    • Alan

      December 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      The Etsy store owner put a bolt that fit perfectly into one of the screw holes for the mounting plate. That’s it.

      If you do order from him, be sure to specify the legs for the Ekero; otherwise, you won’t get the right bolt for the rear legs.

  2. Awesome! I was wanting the Ekero chair and just couldn’t get past those ugly “after-thought” legs. You’ve inspired me now! How tall are the legs, if you don’t mind my asking? Do you feel that the chair is a bit more stable now with your new wood legs? It looks “spidery” to me with the steel ones. 😉

    • Alan

      May 23, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      The chair was stable with the original legs, but the wooden legs look so much better.

      The Etsy.com seller offered two heights for the legs, and I got the taller ones, which are just shy of 8 inches.

  3. Hi
    thanks for sharing! What height did you get? I’m deciding between the 5 7/8 or 7 7/8 in legs.

    Thanks

  4. Just wanted to share that I replaced the legs on my Karlstad sofa with mid-century modern legs purchased on Amazon. The couch looks amazing. You definitely can’t tell that I only spent $400 on it at Ikea.

  5. Awesome!! So glad i found this! Thank you! I just bought these chairs even though i hated the legs, as I hoped I would one day be able to change them. These chairs are are cool apart from the legs, ughh!

    Thanks.

  6. How comfortable is the chair?
    I’m debating about buying it online without testing it. I wonder if it’s a curl up kinda chair?

    • Alan

      January 8, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      I’d recommend checking it out in the store first. One person’s idea of “comfortable” is not same as another’s.

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