Many of the questions we receive through the site are questions about what dimensions they should request when they order some custom metal bench legs. Often times, the inspiration for building a custom piece of furniture comes from seeing a piece at a friend’s house or a business like a cafe or outdoor restaurant. If you think of it…go ahead and take the measurements of the bench that is inspiring you to build one. If anyone is curious what you’re up to, you can let them know you’re looking for the perfect fit for your home…and you really love their bench. Everyone likes a compliment.
If you don’t have a bench to measure, have a look at the specifications of your favorite chair or couch. The height of most chairs and couches is between 15 and 18 inches. Our flat bar metal bench legs don’t add much in the way of height, only 1/2 an inch…so if you want a bench with a seat that is 18 inches tall, measure the wood you have, add a half inch for the metal bench supports and then you’ll know what height you need the legs to be. We recommend ordering legs that will remain an inch or two inside the edge of the bench, so measure the length of your bench surface front to back, subtract two (or four) inches, and that will be your length. Our flat bar metal comes in a standard 2 1/2 inch width…but you won’t have to worry about stability, these bench legs are very stable.
So, now you have your length, width and height formulas, so choose a piece of wood like our customer from the featured image above did, order some custom metal bench legs and create a totally unique DIY bench for your home or business!