Causes for a Swaying Table

I have a round marble kitchen table on metal legs. All of a sudden, it started to sway when pushed. No bolts are loose that I can see, nothing looks broken. So we moved it into the corner for safety, but when placed in different areas, it stopped swaying. Then in another area, it would sway. On tile floor, someone suggested it just wasn't level, but we've had it for 8 years and never had this problem. And we've moved it.


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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

I agree the floor is not level. Put a marble on the floor and it will probably roll. Fold a small piece of paper and tape it under the leg with the space and the table will stop swaying.

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July 3, 20180 found this helpful

Houses and floors shift all the time, especially if it is an old house.

Weather and humidity can cause wood joists (if your place has them like mine) to swell and contract with can unbalance things.

If this is something new, you are seeing other issues (like hairline cracks in walls, or wood flooring or tiles popping up) you may want to call a professional in to look at what may be happening in the house itself. There may be a water leak or other situation causing the floors to shift or joists to swell.


If everything checks out then this will be come you new normal of shifting.

Popsicle sticks or heavy cardboard folded and tucked under the leg (legs) make nice (inexpensive) shims to help you keep the table level. They can be adjusted as needed. If your floors are sensitive and could scratch, use folded felt or a wool fabric to make the shims to prevent damage.

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