Guide to Fix a Loose Chair Rung

Do you have an old chair at home that needs to be repaired but you just don’t know how to do it? Fixing an old loose chair rung is quite easy as long as you have the right materials and know the right steps to ensure that you do job properly. 


Before you get to work on fixing your chair, you have to make sure that you prepare the materials ahead of time. Some chairs are literally antiques and because they are so old, they often become very loose and wobbly that the feet of your chair can actually come off.

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There are many ways that you can restore your chair and make it brand new again. If you are trying to figure out how to fix your chair yourself without the help of a professional, here are some steps on how to fix it.

What Glue You Should Use

First and foremost, before you fix your chair and start restoring it to its former glory, you have to make sure that you use the right kind of adhesive to make sure that the chair rung stays in place and does not come off again.

Along with the type of glue that you need, you also need to make sure that you have the right materials to ensure that you do an effective job with good results. Lets get started on the materials that you will need, first:

  • Elmer’s wood glue
  • Old English lemon oil
  • White vinegar (distilled)
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • Bungee cord
  • Paper towel
  • A jack or pocket knife
​Elmer’s wood glue.

Essentially, Elmer’s wood glue will be a good adhesive for sticking the loose chair rung back in place, though you might have seen this brand of glue before at schools or any other kind of art activity, you will also surprised that they also have a type of glue that can be used for repairing wood.

Always make sure that you use this type of wood to ensure that you do a good enough job at restoring your chair.

Now that you have all the essential materials to get your chair fixed, here are the necessary steps you need to take to ensure that you successfully fix your loose chair rung:


Before you do any work on your chair, always make sure that it is free of any dirt or dust. Begin the project by vacuuming or clearing any accumulation of dust that can be found on your chair loose chair lung.


After you have successfully done this, you can now start by dusting the chair with some old English lemon oil, to ensure that the dust stays away from the loose part of the chair.


Before you attempt to take out the leg, start by gently tapping on the chair leg to completely remove the rung from the socket. Make sure that you do not do this too hard, or else you risk destroying the chair rung.

It would be better to use a rubber hammer when doing this as this will be lighter and will make your job easier.

chair leg

If you find that taking out the rung off the chair is hard, and cannot be done too easily, here are some ways on how to expose the wood properly so that you can take it out of the socket properly.


If you are finding it hard to take out the rung out of its socket, make sure that you remove all of the old glue that has been placed inside the socket from its past reassembly efforts. You can do this by taking a paper towel and drenching it in distilled vinegar.

Drape the paper towel on the end of the rung or you can also insert the paper towel into the socket so that it can soften the left over glue that has been in the socket.

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Always remember that it is important to stay patient while doing this job, because sometimes there can be a lot of glue in the socket. You can also use a pocketknife or a jack to take the remaining glue residue out of the socket hole.


When you have successfully taken out the left over residue out of the socket, you can start sanding the end of the rung as well as the inside of the socket with a piece of 220 grit sandpaper.

Always remember not to sand this too much as this could end up roughing the surface. For you to make sure that you do this correctly, you can always do a trial run by inserting the rung back into the socket.


If it goes in completely without much effort, then it means that you have successfully sanded the socket to make the rung fit, if it does not go in all the way, continue to sand until there is no sign or left over glue left in the socket.


After you have done the necessary sanding, dust the surface with another piece of paper towel and then apply the new glue, which is the Elmer’s wood glue to the end of the rung.

elmers wood glue

Always make sure that you do not put too much glue on the rung, as this may clog the socket. Make sure to use a thin layer so that it will be easier for you to insert the rung without any complications.


After you have done all the necessary procedures, start by spreading the Elmer’s wood glue around evenly on the rung with your finger to make sure that it sticks properly in the socket.


After the glue is completely spread, you can now insert the rung into the socket. Make sure to apply a little pressure by squeezing or tapping on the legs with your fist clenched, this will make it dry faster.

fixed chair

Once it is all the way in the socket, wrap a bungee cord around the legs tightly and hold the rung in place securely, to ensure that it dries the same way as you have secured it.

Final Words

Repairing a broken chair rung is quite easy as long as you have the right materials including the right adhesive. So follow the rules and steps accurately, you will have your chair back to normal in no time.

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