Are Sofa Legs Removable?

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Are sofa legs removable?

Feb. 8, 2021


Most low and mid-priced sofas have removable (screw in) legs. Exceptions include:

  • Sleepers. (The front base panel needs to come down lower to hide the mechanisms. This requires smaller built-in legs that can withstand the extra weight of the sleeper mechanism.
  • Plinth style sofas. (A plinth is a recessed rectangular base supporting the sofa. This is also known as a floating plinth base.)
  • Reclining furniture. Most (but not all) reclining furniture has a steel base that does not require legs.

Higher priced (heavy) sofas often have built-in (non-removable) legs. Non-removable legs are generally found in:

  • Traditional classic styles (designed before screw legs were invented.)
  • Higher leg styles.
  • Heavier weight and extra-large sofas. Built-in legs can be reinforced to support more weight than most screw in legs.

Advantages of removable legs include:

  • Fits through narrow doors and stairways.
  • Easier to repair in case of damage.
  • Multiple styles and sizes.
    • Removable legs can be found in hundreds of different plastic, wood and metal variations.
    • Screw-in legs can be found in many different heights.
      • In general, the higher the leg, the greater the risk that the leg will break.
      • It is unusual to find removable legs that are higher than 6 inches.
    • Screw-in legs designed for European style furniture often use metric sizes.

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Jeff Frank

Jeff Frank

Furniture Insider

Jeff Frank is a 45 year veteran of the furniture industry. He’s worked directly with buyers, retailers, and manufacturers at every level of the industry. In every position throughout his career, his focus has always been customer service.

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