We get asked a lot about floor protection for hairpin legs, and we’ve seen many DIY solutions to having steel table legs inside the house. Generally, our answer has been: if your furniture stays put and you control humidity, you shouldn’t have any issues.
That said, if you are using hairpin leg furniture on softer floors, or if you move your furniture a lot, you may want to consider floor protection.
After many requests, we now have a great hairpin leg floor protection option for you! The new protectors come in a set of four and conveniently clip onto the bottom of the hairpin leg itself. These floor protectors are made right here in Colorado and they fit right on the bottom of our ½”- and ¾” diameter hairpin legs. If floor protection is something you want to plan for, keep this in mind when you are choosing legs.
If there are other hairpin leg accessories you’ve been thinking of or looking for, get in touch, we’re always looking for ways to help out with more DIY furniture projects.
Hairpin legs make durable attractive patio furniture. Using hairpin legs outside is a great way to ensure you get long-lasting furniture that will hold up to use through the outdoor living seasons. How should your homemade furniture be treated as cooler weather comes in?
One of the great thing about our hairpin legs is their basic durability. All our hairpin legs are thick enough to withstand whatever you or the elements throw at them. In fact, you might need to be more concerned about your table and chair-tops than the hairpin legs themselves. If you’ve got sheltered storage for your outdoor furniture, that is a great winter storage option. Some folks put it all away in a garage or other protected area. A porch or other covered area will work fine, too.
If you’re planning on leaving your furniture outdoors and unprotected all winter, that may be fine as well. Our hairpin legs will last a long time even in unprotected areas, but they may develop a patina of rust depending on the weather. To avoid rust you can consider adding a layer of protection. The hairpin legs themselves can be clear-coated, waxed or oiled to protect them from moisture.
Depending on the type of table- and chair-tops that comprises your furniture, you may want to simply give the whole thing a quick sanding and add one more layer of protection before the harsher weather sets in. And don’t worry, your hairpin leg furniture will be sitting there waiting for you when the warmer seasons come again!
Hairpin legs often take a backstage seat to the wonderful tabletops they support. They’re happy to give up the limelight and silently, sturdily do their job. The natural dark color of our hairpin legs helps them do this. It is perfectly acceptable for your hairpin legs to blend into the background of your homemade table.
However, if you’re looking to draw more attention to the legs themselves, brighter colors are a great way to go about it. Adding color to hairpin legs can bring them forward giving them some of the spotlight. It can also connect the legs to colors in the tabletop itself or those in the environment around the hairpin legs. We’ve seen some fun hairpin leg colors in our time. A bright turquoise leg matches perfectly with painted pieces in the tabletop or even with turquoise inlay.
Although our hairpin legs need not be painted or sealed at all, if you choose to do so, don’t feel it is all or nothing. Painting the bottom portion of the legs gives them a “dipped” look. And if you’re choosing the make a piece of hairpin leg furniture that is upholstered, like a stool or ottoman, painting the legs is a fun way to highlight or match colors. Hairpin legs are versatile in so many ways. Our hairpin legs come in a choice of height, width, and style so you get just what you want. Then you get to add hue and gloss dimensions to further customize. Go wild with your hairpin leg paint job and send us a picture so we can enjoy them too!
Hairpin table legs are a sturdy long-lasting way to support a piece of furniture. Frequently they are paired with beautiful wood to create a table. Using a unique piece of wood is often what customers choose to do and it’s clear why.
One of a kind slabs of wood are amazing. They can be live edge wood highlighting the natural beauty of the tree’s original shape. Sometimes a rare type of wood is used emphasizing the distinctiveness of the type of wood. Another method is to put together pieces of wood to make a dimensional tabletop. There are many ways to go about making a table, but what is the focus of the table? Is the point to highlight the hand-made hairpin legs and show off their sleek metal lines? Or does it make sense to keep the wood the center of attention?
There really is no correct answer to that – the table you make should be whatever you want. But often, the wood takes center stage. Choosing a piece of wood to make your own table is important and it is great to highlight that choice. Hairpin table legs allow you to give the spotlight to the tabletop. They solidly performing their function while letting the tabletop get the attention. We offer many hairpin leg styles so you can figure out which one best supports the table you are making. We want to be sure your masterpiece gets the attention it deserves!
We often get asked which of our hairpin legs are best able to support heavy loads. Customers are often referring to standard table-height metal legs so the recommendation may be for the 3-rod hairpin leg or the Just the Tip hairpin legs. Those two styles of hairpin legs offer the greatest stability. But it may be that our short hairpin legs do the most weight-lifting. These short hairpin legs are a great option for heavier furniture that’s not held too far off the ground. Desks with large drawer compartments, for example, often employ our hairpin legs in shorter heights.
This mid-century mahogany sideboard is a great example of short hairpin legs in action. The folks at Chairish have this great sideboard credenza for sale. It is a sleek piece of furniture that would look great in any home. Sideboards are great pieces of furniture that can be used in a variety of ways. They typically offer a lot of storage – often for items that are can be hard to know where to store. Table linens, decorative accent pieces, board games, and crafting items are all great ways to utilizing your sideboard.
They can also be used as an entertainment center or centerpiece of any room. Giving an old sideboard a facelift with a new set of hairpin legs make it looks sleek and elegant. And you’ll know it will be solidly held up with sturdy metal hairpin legs. While our taller hairpin legs may be what immediately comes to mind when putting together a heavy-use piece of furniture, it may in fact be true that our short hairpin legs are what end up holding the most weight.
Furniture can play many different roles in our lives. Making your own furniture ensures you can choose exactly how it functions in your home. Sometimes furniture is meant to blend into the room and integrate quietly with its surroundings. Other times furniture is meant to play a leading role in a room, sometimes being a showpiece. It appears that Vaishnavi’s cabinet will be the latter.
This amazing cabinet certainly catches the eye. It is hard to imagine this being anything other than a centerpiece in a room. Vaishnavi says,
“This was a boring bar cabinet that I painted a gold chevron pattern on and then put your legs on it. The mix of metallic elements makes it very unexpected and interesting!”
Thank you for sharing, Vaishnavi. Your cabinet is amazing! There are so many aspects of DIY metal leg furniture that are worthwhile. Taking an ordinary piece of furniture and watching it transform under your own hand can be one of the most rewarding aspects of a DIY furniture project. You can choose to use our hairpin legs or our angle iron table legs, as Vaishnavi did. They come in a variety of heights to ensure you get exactly what you need for your finished product. You can take an existing piece of furniture, as was done here, or build the whole thing from scratch. There are endless options. Thanks for sharing, Vaishnavi!
When you talk about fine wood and furniture making, teak will inevitably come up. It is a prized wood used to make a variety of things. How come? Teak is naturally tough. First of all, it is physically durable. It can be relatively easily worked, but its durability is known to dull woodworking tools. Secondly, it is naturally weather resistant. Fine outdoor furniture is often made of teak and will last a long time. It doesn’t need chemicals or a special finish to withstand the elements. It will gray over time when left untreated outdoors giving it a beautiful silvery look. On top of all of that, teak naturally resists insects that can damage wood.
Not sold yet? Teak is also just plain gorgeous! It has a golden color to it when kept indoors or treated to protect it from the elements. Take a look at how stunningly this Mid-Century table has aged. It could be mistaken for brand new!
If you’re thinking of making a new teak table, or repurposing an old one, hairpin legs are a great option! That’s exactly what the folks at Vintage Home Boutique in Toronto did. Their teak hairpin leg table is beautiful. The hairpin legs support the clean lines of this sleek teak tabletop. We know how versatile hairpin legs can be, but we like that the folks at Vintage Home Boutique point out another great aspect of hairpin legs: they can be removed! It may seem obvious, but it’s worth stating. Whenever you need to move or even store a hairpin leg table, the hairpin legs can easily be removed. No more wondering how you’re going to get your table through a front door or up some stairs! Elegance and practicality!
This two-tiered table is a gem! Let us count the ways…the dark bark on the live edge slab nicely combines with the accent of the interior of the wood color as well as with the dark metal of the tapered angle iron table legs.
Keeping the live edge on this slab maintains the curved lines which will catch the eye of anyone entering your home. Turquoise inlay is always a treat, and Todd has a gift for adding it as an accent. Here it follows the contours of the wood slab itself even dipping into the branch remnant. And, of course, we love the addition of a second shelf!
This makes this table truly unique. This simple addition adds substantiality to the table. It also makes it more usable for out of the way storage. This table was expertly crafted by Todd at APB Works in Nebraska. What a gem, thank you for sharing, Todd.
This table is a great demonstration of how innovative metal legs allow the creator to be. Coming up with the design for your metal leg table might just be as fun as making it. Hairpin legs and tapered angle iron legs offer so many options. If you have a custom idea in mind for your hairpin legs or tapered angle iron legs, let us know. We’re always happy to entertain custom ideas – and we love seeing how they turn out!
Some say changing things around in your office space stimulates creativity. We can’t think of a better way to stay creative than by sitting at a desk you created with bench legs or hairpin legs! Plus, talk about getting what you want. When you design and build your own desk you’re assured it will be just want you want. From the height to materials, you only put in what you want.
Metal furniture legs offer customizable height, maximize leg-room, and outlast other office equipment by a long shot. We may sit at a desk all day or just for a few important minutes at a time; having a hairpin leg desk we love pulls us towards the work we want to get done. You may be the only person who really knows what you want in a desk, you are the best person to make that desk.
You may want a short set of hairpin legs to make an existing traditional desk the perfect height for you. Or perhaps you want to make the entire thing from scratch. You can locate a desktop surface and attach the hairpin legs for a perfectly fitting workstation. Perhaps your ideal desk is a simple tabletop that doesn’t include drawers or other amenities. You decide! Whether you’re giving an old desk a new life or creating a desk from scratch, hairpin legs give you the perfect desk for your working requirements and space limitations. No matter what workspace you’re creating, we’ve got you covered!
Todd from APB Works in Ashland, Nebraska should be teaching a DIY furniture clinic! Look what he has come up with this time. We appreciate Todd taking the time to share all his projects and we’re glad we can provide the modern steel table legs.
These pieces of furniture are just beautiful! In some ways, the wood and the metal legs are similar throughout. Todd has chosen slab wood with a prominent grain. The legs are all simple, sturdy legs made of metal. At the same time, there is so much variety.
These pieces of furniture really show how differently the styles of hairpin and metal legs can turn out – how their different shapes and colors can influence the final piece of furniture. Great job Todd! Having a collection of metal-legged furniture provides ample inspiration for future projects.
The tapered angle iron legs offer a dark solid style of leg. The twist hairpin legs change up the direction the eye follows. Bench legs create a great solid angular bench. And we like the way the slab benchtop angles down and inward in opposing contrast to the bench legs’ upward angle. Some of these tabletops have been adorned with turquoise inlay. Inlay is an attractive decorative way to fill in natural holes or pitting that can occur as wood dries.
It is fun to look at so many DIY furniture options all at once. Which one is your favorite?