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How to make a wooden table taller

by Clare Mansell
How to increase the height of a table

Today I wanted to share a little known trick which you can use to add height to furniture.

Last summer when I was transforming the cabin into my sewing space, I spotted the perfect wooden table on eBay. There was just one problem with it, it was significantly too short. I actually couldn’t get my legs underneath it when I sat at it with a chair!

Fortunately I had checked the height before I agreed to buy it and I had a little plan I wanted to try. So I picked it up for a bargain price (everyone else having been put off by the height issue) and put my plan into action.

The table had obviously been hacked about a bit in the past and at one point had been on castors which is why now it was lower than standard height. My father-in-law filled in the holes on the bottom of the legs that the castors had left and I set about researching bun feet…


Bun feet are the wooden feet made for ornate sofas, they come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and are made from different types of wood. I picked up a set of four for £18 which were about 4 inches high.


The bun feet came pre-drilled with screws included, so all we had to do was attach them to the old filled legs of the table


A quick lick of paint (which took me nearly a year to get round to applying – oops!) and you’d never know the table wasn’t this height all along!

How to increase the height of a table

Update June 2018…

This table is still in use in our house three years later. It’s now my son’s desk…

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Donna July 8, 2015 - 7:34 pm

This is such a cute how to! If I ever randomly have a table that’s too short I know what to do – clever! x

dena ford January 13, 2017 - 1:51 am

I have a round oak kitchen table. I would like to make it into a high top table. Any suggestions into how to do?

[email protected] January 13, 2017 - 8:50 am

Thank you for your message Dena, I’m afraid I have no experience of this to share with you.

Fixinit February 25, 2018 - 5:57 pm

Is it study?

Clare Mansell February 27, 2018 - 1:32 pm


Pam December 25, 2018 - 11:04 pm

I have on with straight square legs trying to make it taller ….any ideas?


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