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Published on November 7th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


How to fix Galant A-legs

Materials: Galant A-leg

Description: Having a couple of Galant style desks, with A type legs, I eventually ran into a problem that’s reported elsewhere: the leg cannot be “locked”. What happens is as follows:
1. One “unlocks” the leg by unscrewing it (anti or counter clockwise) to change the height.
2. The leg length is changed appropriately.
3. Attempting to lock the leg by screwing it clockwise results in it just turning and turning, and turning… And it doesn’t lock.

The chief culprit here is that the leg has been previously over-tightened. This aspect is most probably the least clear from the documentation, or the leg itself. How tight is enough? How tight is too tight? And no one wants a desk to fall down/over with a leg that is under-tightened.

(I can’t offer solid advice as to how tight is tight enough. However based on experience, once the leg grips, give it an extra twist – 1/4 – 1/2 rotation – by hand and that’s it. Don’t go further!)

So what to do when you have a “spinning leg”?

Step 1: Unscrew bottom part of leg, if necessary, and pull it out from the top part of the leg (Photo 1).


Photo 2 shows the two cones of the leg as it should be.

Photo 3 shows the two cones of the leg which suffers from this “spinning” problem. What’s happened is that the bottom cone has threaded itself onto the screw and so turning the leg results in the top part spinning as opposed to travelling down the thread. (To meet the bottom cone and then expand to lock the leg.)


Step 2: Grip the top of the threaded screw with pliers, but not the spring/washer structure, and unscrew the leg and bottom cone off the screw. You’ll know when to stop when the bottom part starts to spin on the screw because the thread only goes so far down the screw.


Photo 4 shows this done and it’s interesting to note that there’s a whole lot of plastic debris where the bottom cone has self-threaded itself onto the screw.

Step 3: Clear the debris with a knife or similar, see photo 5. Use super glue to lock the bottom cone to the screw, below the start of the thread. If necessary, also super glue the tabs of bottom part of the lower assembly of the bottom cone. (It’s not quite clear to me why this is free in the normal configuration – a manufacturing related design aspect(?) – but gluing everything results in a locked bottom part which is what you want.)


Step 4: With a knife, rough up both the surface of the bottom cone and the areas on the upper cone which contact the inside of the upper part of the leg. The whole leg works as a friction device and if the cones don’t grip – either to each other or to the inside of the upper part of the leg, then the leg won’t lock. (Indeed maybe this is a different type of spinning leg failure?)

I hope this helps!

Name: Colin
Location: France

Rast Dollhouse

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

12 Responses to How to fix Galant A-legs

  1. Filip says:

    Something that also worked for me, that’s a bit easier:

    If the leg keeps spinning (won’t lock) – bottom out the leg (push it in) all the way. Then tighten until you can feel slight resistance but the leg is still adjustable. Then adjust to the right height and finish tightening.

    This worked for me but I don’t think I overtightened the legs – I think I loosened them too much and then they wouldn’t lock.

  2. Phil says:

    Im having trouble unscrewing the leg. Would you be able to post a how to video showing this please?

  3. Beth says:

    Anyone have a similar fix for the Gerton legs?

    • Jane says:

      I had no luck with fixing the Gerton. Eventually, I got a piece of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe, cut it to the length between the top of the bottom portion of the leg and the table top, stuck it in the top portion of the leg and inserted the bottom piece. Not the best hack, but it fixed the issue.

    • Chris says:

      Might be kind of late for you since you posted in March (!), but I was able to fix one of my spinning gerton legs using the same principle as shown here. Instead of gripping the conical plastic spinners with pliers, since the gerton uses cylinder spinners I found it easy to make sure both black plastic cylindrical spinners were flush, grab with one hand and rotate the leg with the other hand. Might take a couple of tries and a firm grip, but it worked for me. Good luck to whoever else finds this in the future!

  4. fottan says:

    thanks for the fix! i tought i had to throw away the table!

  5. andybarnett says:

    I’m using the Olov legs for a standing desk and I’m running into issues because they rattle when the desk is bumped our touched much. My desk is in a recording studio and I need it to stop making this rattling/clicking noise in the environment I’m in. It appears it has to do with the spring/screw in the leg clanking up against it and it gets worse as it echoes down the tube. Any suggestions on how to fix that anyone?

  6. Saenz says:

    I too am having problems with the Olov legs. I’m about to give up. I need help, please? Thanks!

  7. solomani says:

    Any advice on a similar problem that occurs with the Olov line of legs? They cant be undone if you over tighten them as well.

  8. Mike says:

    Wonderful! Thank you!

  9. Anne LK says:

    Thanks for posting this… I think this is the problem with my wobbly crafting desk.

  10. Kevin Markl says:

    I didn’t think these could be fixed/hacked. Thanks for posting this – will take a look at it this weekend!

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