DIY Cement Replacement Sofa Legs for IKEA and Other Brands

DIY cement replacement sofa legs for IKEA and other brands hack feature photo with tree stump side table

You can add originality to your sofa with do-it-yourself cement legs.  These beautiful “designer” replacement legs were made of cement that was cast into low-cost drinking glasses used as molds.

close up of DIY cement replacement sofa legs for IKEA and other brands
DIY cement replacement sofa legs with bamboo magazine rack.

Often when I’m thinking about making furniture, I first decide what shape or style I want and then work through what material and tool choices I have to see if I can get it done.  In the case of these legs, I wanted mid-century modern tapered loveliness, but I didn’t have a lathe to be able to shape wood in the conventional way.  I perseverated for months.  I bought an 80-year-old non-working lathe but later had to admit to myself that I wasn’t ready to get on that train.  I tried sanding round and square dowels to the tapered shape.  This sort of worked, but was very slow.  I thought of buying flat wooden craft circles of different sizes, stacking and gluing them to get the shape.  Wow, a lot of work.  Also, when I thought about different ways of making the coveted mid-century modern tapered leg, I always weighed the reality that I could make it this way (whatever way I was considering), but if it was going to look bad (and there was a good possibility of it looking bad), and the tools and supplies were going to cost a fair bit of money, why not just go to one of those Etsy shops and drop a few dollars on some very lovely turned wood tapered legs.  Why not!

Well, some day I probably will, but in the meantime, the cement idea came to me.  And as much as I like tapered wood legs, I adore the aesthetics of the concrete.  And I can make four of them for less than buying one of the wood lovelies, which is a consideration right now, with wood lovelies being way down on the list of things to spend money on.

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The Cement Replacement Sofa Leg project has three main parts:

  • Set up for making the cement leg
  • Making the cement legs
  • Installing cement legs on sofa