Patio Furniture Parts - Feet and Glides

If you aren't sure exactly what style of foot or glide you need for your furniture, scroll down to our tutorial section at the very bottom of this page!



















How to figure out what foot or glide you need?

Casual Refninshing Foot and Glide Tutorial - How to answer the question:


What type of foot or glide do I need?

Before calling us, please take a minute to look at your furniture to determine what style of foot or glide you need. This tutorial can help you figure out exactly what you need before you order. Casual Refinishing stocks three basic types of feet for patio chairs:

1. Cup Feet - Normally used for chairs and tables with solid legs

2. Insert Feet - used for tables and chairs with tubular (hollow) legs.

3. Cap Feet - Used for miscellaneous applications

All Metal Furniture

All metal furniture is just what it says, the seating surfaces are metal. Some common examples of Aluminum or Cast Iron Furniture and "Bouncers" are shown here:

Woodard barrel chair

These styles all use what is called a "Cup Foot." Here are some closeup pictures of cup feet on these styles of furniture:

The plastic foot installs inside the metal cup on the bottom of the chair. Measure the inner diameter of the steel cup to determine which cup foot you need.


Some all metal furnture does not have a cup at the bottom of the leg. If your furniture leg is not hollow and doesn't have a cup on the bottom of the leg, you need a "Cap Foot." The end of the leg may be straight, or it may have a welded on metal end. Here is an example of where to use a cap foot:

Tip from the pros: Some furniture is designed to accept either a cap foot or cup foot. If this is your situation, we recommend using a CUP Foot whenever possible. Cup feet are less prone to collecting water, which prevents rust issues down the road.


Chairs with Hollow / Tubular Legs

Most strap and sling chairs have hollow legs:

Examples of Furniture with Tubular Legs

These styles use what is commonly called an "Insert Foot." This foot fits inside the hollow part of the leg, and can be either rectangular or round:

Insert Foot Detail

When ordering this style, be sure to measure both the inside and outside diameter of the leg. Note how the foot fits inside the tube, but also supports the walls of the leg. Fit is important!


Furniture that require Saddle Glides

Chaise Lounges and sand chairs use legs that do not have an exposed opening, as the longitudinal part of the tube rests on the ground:

Sand Chair Note how the sidewall of the tube itself becomes the surface that touches the ground.

These chairs use either Saddle Glides or Stem Bumpers.

The saddle glide fits around the tube, and a stem bumper is inserted into a hole in the tube. Measure the outside diameter of the tube to correctly specify saddle glides.