I've shown several furniture pieces in the past, where I've removed the skirts. Well, two sofas, but I've never shown how I do it. Just in case you've thought about it, but were a little nervous, I thought I'd snap a few photos of the process this time. There's not much to it really. First check the chair to make sure you like the look of the legs. Then just insert a knife between the chair fabric and the skirt cording. Like this.
Now they don't seem so heavy, and dated! What do you think?