Published on June 20th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


A little country for Kilippan

Materials: Klippan footstool, wood sofa legs, metal mounting plates

Description: The tube metal legs have always been my least favorite part of my Klippan loveseat and footstools. (I liked them even less when I saw the cool angled wooden legs that first came with the sofa in the 1970s: http://vimeo.com/5821682) I will admit, I probably spent just as much time online researching how to do this hack than I did actually putting it together.

Online I was able to find some shapely turned wood furniture legs rather cheaply, which would give a cool ‘minimalist cottage’ look to my footstools. I was expecting to have to switch out the hanger bolts for metric ones. I was pleasantly surprised when the bolts that came on the legs fit the threads on the footstools. However, I ran into two problems with the diameter of the legs, and the length of the bolts.

It was quick to switch out the bolts – I happened to have a number of other table legs in m basement with shorter bolts.

Now how to deal with the diameter problem? I did not want to attach anything to the bottom of the leg mounts because that would have made the stool higher. I finally settled on the idea of beefing up the sides of the mounts with scrap wood and screwing a new leg mount plate to this. When I started work on the footstools I decided that anchoring the plates with just two screws was sturdy enough. (Really- no wiggle.) The plates went on at an angle which moved the hole over far enough so the wooden legs would fit. It only added about 1/4 of an inch to the height.

I do plan on painting them- just not sure what color yet! I changed out the loveseat legs too, but that required no modification!

Klippan Footstools x2 (one from As Is for $30, the other $45 at the time I think)
Wood sofa legs x8, $3.50 each
Metal mounting plates x8, $1.70 each

Vice-grips (to change hangar bolts)
Cordless drill/driver

~ Katey Corrigan, Massachusetts, USA

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4 Responses to A little country for Kilippan

  1. Katey Lady says:

    Hi guys! I ordered the legs online from a store called, I believe, “the Corbel and Mantel Superstore.” There are some good deals on Ebay too for replacement legs. Some come with bolts and some do not; if they don’t, its easy to get “hanger bolts” which are thick wood screws on one end and a bolt on the other end, at the hardware store.

    I think I forgot to mention that if you have to mess with bolts without heads like this, a vice-grip is a worthy investment!

    Since I submitted this I stained the loveseat legs a light Pecan color.

  2. Anonymous says:

    lol those metal pipes on Klippan are the best.

  3. Krystina says:

    I want to know where you got the legs from as well! I’ve been dying to switch out my Klippan’s legs too. I love the sofa, but those metal looking tubes are absolutely awful.

  4. Laura says:

    Neat! Where’d you find the wooden legs? I’ve been looking for some for my Ektorp sofa, but they’re sooo expensive in town.

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