How to Choose Your Table Legs

How to Choose Your Table Legs

Posted by galen on Aug 16, 2017

Legs Scaled For Different Heights and Applications

When the dimensions of a particular style are altered, the proportions of the entire leg changes. At, we carefully proportion each size of our leg so the overall look stays balanced. Each size of leg within a particular style is completely redesigned to suit coffee table, dining, kitchen, or bath height.

Step 1. Select your favorite style. 

It can be a very rewarding experience determining which style of furniture suits your project best. The most coveted styles of today are Mid-Century Modern, Country/Farmhouse, and Square. Classic furniture designs like Mission, French Country, Sheraton, William and Mary, and Shaker also remain a timeless choice for many homes. Additional options like straight or spiraled flutes add a touch of sophistication and charm.

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Step 2. Choose your leg height.

This one is the easiest choice. Determining the best leg height depends on what you are making. Coffee table legs are typically 16'' to 18'' tall, end stand legs are often 24'' to 26'' tall, desk or dining height legs are typically 28'' to 29'' tall, and kitchen, bath, and bar legs range from 36'' to 42'' tall. The thickness of your table top will add to the total table height, so be sure to consider that as well.

Step 3. Determine your leg thickness.

An important consideration is the visual weight of your furniture. If you are building a tabletop, consider how thick the top is. Thick tops often look best with thick legs, and vice versa. Depending on the project, sometimes a thick top can go well with thinner legs. It all depends on what you find most visually appealing, and what best matches your existing furniture. Another consideration is the size of your table top. An 8 foot table top will look better with thicker legs, while a 6 foot table may look better with thinner legs.

Additional Considerations

  • Be sure to take measurements before ordering.The most common mistake when selecting a leg is underestimating the thickness of the leg. A table leg measuring 3½'' thick may not sound very thick, but it is certainly on the thicker side!
  • For dining tables, the bigger the leg, the less room there is for seating. However, with a larger table, a larger leg looks better. We recommend ensuring each seating space affords 24'' to 28'', to allow for comfortable elbow room.
  • If you cannot find the perfect leg on our website, just ask us! We will make it for you, customized to your exact specifications.

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Styling and sizing your furniture can be a fun and rewarding experience. It makes your home look and feel just how you like. Our team handles the designing, scaling, modifying, and machining so you can just pick your favorite parts, customize if needed, and assemble in little time.If you happen to take some photos of your build, feel free to send them our way. We love seeing what our customers make.