How can I make a vintage vanity taller??

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I just bought this vintage vanity and when picking it up, I was far too stubborn to admit to my boyfriend that yes, it was far too short for my knees to go underneath. Needless to say, instead of finding a shorter bench, I think I need to raise it; however, it needs to be raised about 4-5 inches. It already has wheels, but I'm thinking about replacing them with much larger ones? Should I buy boxed risers? I don't want to take away from the look.

q how can i make a vintage vanity taller
q how can i make a vintage vanity taller
q how can i make a vintage vanity taller
q how can i make a vintage vanity taller
q how can i make a vintage vanity taller
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  • If you need to raise it, I would add wood to the legs and stain it to match. Larger wheels will look awkward.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Sep 01, 2021

    You can certainly take the wheels off and add 4 -5" wooden legs to blend in with the current base and stain them to match. I agree with Ann, I would not put larger wheels on, I think that would take away from the vintage look.

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Sep 01, 2021

    Is that the location you will place the vanity? If you raise it, the mirror will hit the slanted wall. Whether you raise it with wood or wheels it will look out of proportion. Simpler to buy a smaller lower seat.

    • Alexa Alexa on Sep 04, 2021

      Unfortunately I don’t have another place to put it. I’m going to have to take the mirror off and buy a mirror to hang it on the wall instead.. just while we’re in this home.

      I was thinking about buying a lower seat, but I think it’ll just be far too low.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 01, 2021

    Rather than replacing with larger wheel, you could add the "bun" style feet. They can be stacked onto one another. Then you could add slides to the bottom or replace the wheels that are currently there.

  • Em Em on Sep 01, 2021

    4-5 inch wheels might look a bit odd. They do sell them online. You can add to the height by adding the correct height to each leg with scrap wood. Add a metal bracket to the back of each add on the is flat with holes that screw into the bench and into the add on piece. then on the inside screw in at an angle from the add on piece into the existing leg do on the outside (but it will show) or add a small pieces of trim to cover the screws where the joined pieces are. If you are painting you can fill the crack and sand.

  • William William on Sep 01, 2021

    Larger wheels wouldn't look good and they may bind when you try to move the vanity. You can remove the wheels and inserts. Fill the holes with glue and wood dowels. Buy some screw in feet, predrill holes in the dowels and screw the feet on. Then if you choose you can drill holes in the feet for the wheel inserts and reuse the wheels.

  • I definitely see the dilemma. Those pieces were designed and built to be that low. You could try adding legs but it might become unstable and look awkward, unless you made an effort to not blend the old with the new, thereby creating a sort of entirely new look. Or, easiest would be getting a shorter stool.

  • Janice Janice on Sep 01, 2021

    This might help you......

    https://www.hometalk.com/44364033/q-how-do-i-raise-the-height-of-this-antique-vanity

    How do I raise the height of this antique vanity?

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 01, 2021

    I would add the decorative turned wood finials you find at Lowes or Home depot. They can be screwed right into the bottoms of the existing legs. They can be anywhere from 4-10 inches high.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 01, 2021

    Lowes and HOme Depot sell bun feet that are large enough to raise your vanity. There are different styles, so go take a look. You would have to stain them to match your vanity. BTW that vanity is beautiful.

    • Alexa Alexa on Sep 04, 2021

      Thank you! I know I love it. My boyfriend was like why are you buying it you can’t even fit in it!? Im like I’ll raise it as im thinking to myself how in the world would I even do that 😂

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 01, 2021

    Instead of trying to raise the vanity up, have you thought about cutting some height off the stool legs instead? or would the whole set then be too low for you to use comfortably?

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 05, 2021

      Yeh, I suspected that, but it is hard to tell from the picture exactly what height the pieces are, and I didn't know what heights you need to be most comfortable.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 02, 2021

    Hi Alexa: One thing you could do is to get 2 pieces of wood as long as from the front to the back of each side and as high as you want, like a 2 x 6, stain them and screw them onto the existing feet, front to back, minus the wheels. Then put the wheels back on. Remember to take into consideration the height of the wheels when you are measuring. The wheels look like they are at least an 1nch to an inch and a half tall. You could use blocks, but this way, front to back pieces, will afford more stability for your piece. You can get the wood in the lumber department at most home improvement stores.


    Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Sep 02, 2021

    Hello. Heres a link that might have some solutions for your consideration


    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Furniture+feet+extenders&ref=nb_sb_noss

  • Yes, add bigger wheels and add the risers (you can paint to make it look like it belongs) to lift it up even more.

  • Gloria Green Gloria Green on Sep 05, 2021

    I would cut the legs of the stool . Or add 2+4 stain them for the bottom of vanity

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Sep 06, 2021

    Yes get risers they use on beds paint them to match the legs if you put bigger wheels the wood would crack there isn’t enough to support the larger insert for them