There are few things more insidiously and persistently annoying than a wobbly table. You sit down with the desire to relax, and you’re immediately forced to embark on some kind of engineering mission. It's no fun.
As far as simple machines go, the wedge is a clear winner when it comes to fixing wobbly tables, at least temporarily. A piece of paper, a coaster, a matchbook; all have been employed to keep our drinks upright and our minds at ease.The problem, though, is that these are stopgap solutions better left at the restaurant. A new table is the preferred option, of course, but if you’re not ready for that here are a couple ways to permanently balance your table at home.To Level Wood Tables: Use a Screw
This is an easy and effective fix if your wooden table
legs have a bit of girth to them. And, even if they don’t, you can usually find a screw small enough to accommodate thinner legs.1. Find the “short” leg by pushing down on your table to level it.2. Once located, flip the table onto its side and insert a screw into the bottom of the short leg.3. Flip the table back on its feet and check the levelness.4. If it’s still off, adjust the screw to the desired depth.BONUS: You may want to add some padding to the screw, especially if your table sits on a wood or linoleum floor.To Level Anything Else: Use Duct Tape
No one said it was going to be pretty, but with a little finesse it can be very, very
hard to notice.1. Find the “short” leg by pushing down on your table to level it.2. Once located, flip the table onto its side and apply tape in layers only to the bottom, if possible. If not, wrap it.3. Apply how much you need depending on the amount of unevenness. Keep checking, and stop applying tape once it’s level.4. Spray paint the duct tape to match the table.BONUS: Use painter’s tape to tape off your table leg and spray paint the duct tape to match the table's color.Hopefully, these tips will help you save a little money and live a more, ah, balanced life.