Choosing your legs

While 2 rod legs are strong enough to support the majority of projects, 3 rod legs add stiffness and stability for large – or heavily used – furniture. We recommend 3 rod legs for the following:

Bench / 16"

If your bench needs to support more than three people.

Desk or dining table / 28"

We recommend 3 rods for added stability. However, 2 rod legs are suitable for small desks, as long as the top weighs less than 50lbs.

Console table or bar / 34" +

The longer the legs, the more they flex. For this reason, we only provide our 34 inch legs in 3 rod.

Classic legs are made from 3/8" thick steel and are perfect for the majority of projects, as long as your surface weighs less than 130lbs.

Heavy Duty legs are made from 1/2" thick steel and are incredibly robust. They are only necessary for very heavy duty projects. They can be used to create very large and sturdy desks and dining tables.

We also offer bench-height legs (16 inch) in 1/2" thickness so you can have a matching set for your table, if required.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A ROUGH GUIDE ONLY AND GREAT CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN BUILDING HEAVY TABLES. HAIRPIN LEGS ARE VERY STRONG BUT THIS IS ONLY ONE PART OF THE TABLE. OVERALL TABLE CONSTRUCTION AND FIXINGS TO THE LEGS WILL DETERMINE YOUR TABLES OVERALL STRENGTH.

The weight which our leg can hold depends on a few things; Leg length, number or rods, classic (3/8") or heavy duty (1/2") construction. Below we have provided a rough guide to get you started but please do email through if you have any further questions.

Bar / 40 inches

Tall hairpin legs can transform a simple wooden surface into a unique home bar. Our 40 inch pins support up to 180lbs freestanding, but more if you fix the table to a wall or static fixing.

Countertop / 34 inches

Availible in 3/8" or 1/2". 3/8" will hold up to 100lbs while 1/2" will hold up to 220lbs.

Dining Table, Desk / 28 inches

28 inch 3 rod - Classic 3/8" legs can support a table up to around 60kg while the heavy duty 1/2" legs will support a weight up to around 250lbs. The legs can actually hold quite a lot more than this but we suggest staying below these limits in order to ensure your table remains sturdy with no wobble.

28 inch 2 rod - Classic 3/8" legs are only suitable for side tables that you do not intend to work or eat at. If you prefer the look of 2 rod legs for a desk/dining table then the heavy duty 1/2" work well up to around 55lbs. Both the classic and heavy duty legs will support much heavier weights however they will flex and this does not produce a high quality feel to your finished table. 

Bench / 16 inches

As a general rule of thumb, the classic (3/8") 2 rod legs in bench height are good for up to 2 - 3 average sized adults. The 3 rod legs are recommended when you have 3 people or more.

The classic legs are therefore good for almost all situations so we would only really ever recommend choosing the heavy duty legs (1/2") if you have used heavy duty for your table and want the steel types to match.

Coffee table / 8 , 10, 12 or 14 inches

On these shorter legs, you will find it hard to get a top which is too heavy for them, even in the classic (3/8") version. We have used these with over 500lbs concrete tops and have multiple people stand on top without any issues. They really are that strong! Again, please use caution with heavy weights!

Furniture feet / 4 inches

Much the same as above. These short legs are extremely strong!

Visually, there is not much difference. Raw steel will rust over time, even indoors, while the clear powder coat will protect the steel for a life time.

Unless you want a rustic, rusty look then we suggest clear coat.

The fixing plate is 4-3/8" across each edge.

Making an order

Sorry – we make and finish our legs in sets of four. Delivering them in different quantities creates a lot of odd legs around the workshop, which is a bit of a nightmare!

We ship our products world wide and can deliver to most of the US in 2 days.

If your looking to deliver to Europe, check out our other websites at:

thehairpinlegcompany.co.uk
thehairpinlegcompany.de
thehairpinlegcompany.fr

No problem. Just let us know in less than 60 days after you have recieved your items and we will happily take them back. Send us an email to get a returns number.

Bulk discounts

If your a carpenter, contractor or a serial maker then get in touch with us about opening up a professional account. Our professional discounts. Apply for an account here.

Build questions

All our legs come with free wood screws. They’re suitable for good- condition solid wood, thicker than 3/4" .

If your wood is a bit rotten (old scaffold boards, for example), try to use the longest screws possible.

If the wood is really rotten, we suggest putting a nut and bolt the whole way through, to ensure safety. Or find another piece of wood!

For thinner tops (down to around 1/2"), we suggest using threaded wood inserts.

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