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How to Repair Clawfoot Piano Stools

Claw-foot piano stools are classic pieces of furniture. Often found accompanying pianos from between the 1890s and the early 1980s, claw-foot piano stools deliver a one-of-a-kind charm that can't be replicated today. One of the most common problems encountered with old stools is with their legs. Over the years, the legs of a piano stools become weak and sometimes even break off. Here are some steps that will show you how to fix your problem quickly.

Unscrew the wing nuts from the wobbly leg in question.

Examine the grooves on the leg anchor screw. The leg anchor screw is permanently affixed to the claw-foot leg. If the screw is stripped, the leg is irreparable.

Attach a new wing nut to the screw, and screw the leg back on. Use pliers to insure a tight fit.

Repeat this process on all four of the legs.

Things You'll Need:

  • Claw-foot piano bench
  • Pliers
  • Wing nuts


It is less frustrating in the long run if you replace the wing nuts on all four of the legs.

Wad up some paper towel and cover the wing nut with it before you tighten it with the pliers. This will allow you to tighten the wing nut without scratching it.

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