How to: Pick the Perfect Table Legs
You probably don’t spend much time thinking about tables and table leg design, but there are so many types of tables, you may not realize how important table legs are to your interior design when considering their role in the functionality of the space. There are many types of tables, one for every purpose: coffee tables, end tables, accent tables, dinning tables, patio tables, board room & conference room tables, and so many others. Tables can be just much decorative as they are functional, and one way to spruce up your design is using beautiful TABLE LEGS.
Furniture Legs and Table Legs do more than hoist up the table; they set the tone for the design and give the piece its unique identity and purpose. Choosing the right table legs is important not only to ensure that you are providing enough strength and stability for the intended use of the furniture, but also to add value and guarantee the overall quality.
Here in this guide you’ll learn the key factors to consider when designing and constructing tables!
Choose your interior style
Tables are among the most used furniture pieces in any interior and they are usually the centerpiece of the room. Thus, choosing the right table legs requires taking a step back and taking a broader approach in thinking of the overall interior style and purpose. There are a lot of styles out there to choose from, but which one are you trying to achieve? Which is your favorite? Or which style fits your interior design? Whether traditional, contemporary, or wildly original and unique, the right table legs will really bring your design together.
The height of your table will pretty much determine what it is to be used for. What kind of table are you looking for? Work desk? Dining Table? Standing height work bench? Identifying the purpose of your desk will aid in determining the proper height. For instance, a regular dining table is usually 30 inches high while coffee tables are more like 16 inches to 18 inches. Work desks can run a little lower or a little higher depending on who will be using the desk, but typically run about 28” to 30” high. Paying attention to these details will guarantee the table has the perfect height and the right legs to match.
Leg thickness and weight
For this part you have to consider the tabletop. Thin tabletops made of glass or thin stone pair well with thinner, more delicate table legs (assuming they are within the weight capacity of the legs). Thicker tabletops call for a sturdier and thicker leg to fit the design and to add more support. Be sure to factor in how much weight each table leg supports. If you are building a table with a really thick wood top you have to make sure the legs can support all the weight, plus any added weight that may go on top of it. So always look for the total weight each leg can handle. The best table designs have a nice, harmonious relationship between the custom top and the legs that fits the style and the demands for usage.
Now that you've gotten this far...
So how many legs do you need? You might think that all tables have FOUR legs, one for each corner of the table. Makes sense, but that is not always the case. Depending on the design and the size of the table, you may even get away with two legs if they are dual legs or have additional supports adding to the structural integrity. Or suppose you have a peninsula table coming off the wall or off the edge of a larger table or countertop – that may only require one leg even. Or you can open up a whole new set of options when dealing with cubes or cylinders to accommodate large tops.
Here are some examples:
Cubes & Cylinders
Cubes and cylinder bases are a simple minimalist table base solution that can still serve as a bold statement piece in any room. Use it right in the middle under a square or round top or use multiple bases for large oval or rectangular tables like board room or conference room tables. Our cubes and cylinders are available in different sizes and finishes and are made from the highest quality steel. As a rule of thumb, the base needs to be at least half the size of the top it’s supporting (a 24” dia top would need at least a 12” dia base for instance). Made to order to your exact specifications.
Table Leg Set
When ordering as a set, it takes some of the guesswork out of specifying parts. This table leg set is connected by a center spine with two dual legs on either end. You can never go wrong with this one – it’s easy to put together, it’s durable for all light duty tops with a 200 lb weight capacity, and it has an ultra-modern feel with a statuesque display.
Edge mount table legs are an easy retrofit option for your custom top. Their signature look is very contemporary and goes with any tabletop. Use a pair of dual legs, one on either end of the table, for a freestanding mount, or mount a peninsula table using only one of the dual leg sets for an edgy floating look.
For traditional installations with four standard furniture legs to be mounted in the four corners of your table top, here’s a quick installation guide:
Step 1: Determine where you’d like to mount the table legs and mark your position. The ideal distance from the edge of the table is 2 inches. Keep all four corners consistent to ensure a sturdy mount.
Step 2: Mount your top plate to the underside of your table top using appropriate screws for your surface.
Step 3: Voila! Your table is ready for use.
BONUS: Electric Table Legs
Adjustable table legs are an incredible addition to your work desk. It creates a more dynamic working environment with freedom of movement and the ability to refresh and refocus. It is an excellent choice for an ergonomic workspace and meets ADA guidelines. You can find electrical adjustable table legs as a set for larger tables or as a single leg for podiums and lecterns, both ready for installation with your custom top.