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Steadying a Chair

Martha Stewart Living, November 1998

Once they've done their duty as wine-bottle stoppers, corks can come in handy elsewhere in the house. In the kitchen or dining room, they are a simple solution to an exasperating problem: a wobbly chair. Simply cut a slice of cork horizontally from the top end with a bread knife and slip it under the troublesome leg. Be careful when slicing since your measurement will be an educated guess, you'll want to have enough cork left over for a try.


Comments (8)

  • solidwoodfurniture 4 Aug, 2010

    it's made of solid wood? i like< a href="",title="solid wood furniture">solid wood furniture</a>

  • suzan-in-nc 27 Jul, 2010

    Re: Isolda's request re type of glue to use: HOUSEHOLD GOOP ADHESIVE. I have used this for a variety of purposes and it really is good. I buy it at either Lowe's (Home Improvement) or sometimes I can find it at Wal-Mart. It also can be purchased online at and as well as a number of other sources. Just be sure to wipe the top where glue comes out and TIGHTLY CAP AFTER USE because glue becomes thick and hard to disperse/spread. Hope this helps.

  • Isolda 26 Jul, 2010

    No, we're not that stupid. I was asking for suggestions for what kind of glue. One doesn't use just any kind of glue on a good chair leg, not even the bottom, but, obviously, my question was equally poorly stated. Touch?

  • artist17 26 Jul, 2010

    Are you people that stupid! GLUE!!! Jeez!!!

  • Isolda 25 Jul, 2010

    The "steadying a chair with cork rounds" was not very well done.The corks aren't going to stay put without something to hold them to the chair--any suggestions? And in the last sentence, didn't you mean "left over for another try?" Good idea, poorly stated. Not very "Martha."

  • yolichas 25 Jul, 2010

    Love the flip flop idea. Martha should hire you to do this job!

  • NanWan 25 Jul, 2010

    I assume these cork slices are to be glued on? What type of glue would you recommend?

  • kkg58 25 Jul, 2010

    the other thing that works well is an old flip flop. They're also rubbery, so they are non slip.