How To Build Useful Furniture Fast Using Hairpin Legs

Whether you put them on a coffee table, a chair or a cabinet, hairpin legs always look great and make every piece of furniture look chic and stylish. They’re also very versatile, they have a timeless appeal and they’re inexpensive and easy to install. All of these elements combined make them ideal for a lot of great DIY projects involving various pieces of furniture and accessories. Let’s check out a few right now. 

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The hairpin legs are actually the least interesting part about this table but they do play an important role in its design. Because the top is so colorful and eye-catching it was best for the legs to be as simple as possible. That way they don’t the attention away from the unique resin top but they still enhance the table in a beautiful way. Check out this whole project on deliciousanddiy to find out how you can build something similar. 

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Here’s how you can put hairpin legs on a bench and make a beautiful accent piece for the entryway. This is an upholstered bench with soft foam padding so it’s also nice and comfortable. You can customize it with your choice of fabric and use this opportunity to add some color to the space around it and to also introduce a pattern into the decor. Check out this stylish bench featured on etsy if you want detailed instructions on how to build it. 

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Hairpin legs looks especially good on coffee tables. They give them a lightweight and slender look even if the tables have big and bulky frames and tops and they pretty much suit every style. You can make a modern coffee table with hairpin legs quite easily if you go with this sort of simple design. The shelf is great for storage and very convenient if you want to get some items out of the way like the TV remote or your phone for instance. 

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A very similar design to the one we’ve just described can also have a rustic look. The major change would have to be the type of wood used for this project and what better way to embrace the rustic style than with a pallet coffee table. All you need is a wooden pallet which you can disassemble and use the boards to put together this table. The metal hairpin legs, as you can see, complement it beautifully. 

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How about a side table? it’s nice and small, versatile and you can surely find the space for it in your home. The best thing about it is that you can build it yourself from scratch and it can be a super simple project overall. You can use a wood slab for the top and some hairpin legs for the base. There are many different ways to customize it and really make it your own using paint or wood stain. 

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Going back to benches a little bit, here’s another stylish design that we think is really great for a DIY project. This bench has a backrest and both that and the seat are padded for added comfort. Also, they’re each upholstered in velvet in a different color, teal for the seat and orchid for the back. These vibrant colors are complemented by a set of four hairpin legs spray-painted gold and a green accent cushion. What a colorful project! Check it out on abeautifulmess for more details. 

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Do you know what else you can use hairpin legs for? A desk. Building your own desk from scratch can actually be a very smart idea for several reasons. You get to choose the exact dimensions and proportions that you want for it and you can customize the design in lots of different ways. To make the project easier and also to give your desk a glamorous look you can use metal hairpin legs. You can spray paint them to give them a beautiful finish that matches your style. For more details head over to heywandererblog

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Building a piece of furniture from scratch is actually not that difficult or complicated. Take this mid-century modern bench for example. To make it just get a piece of wood at the hardware store (this one is an 8 ft 2” x 12” piece), stain it, and screw four hairpin legs into the bottom. Everything else after that is just a detail meant to add character to the design. These painted stripes are quite nice. Check out this project on thestripedhouse

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Here’s a beautiful project that further reinforces the idea that hairpin legs are super versatile and go well with lots of different styles and materials. This coffee table has an elegant top made out of a Carrera marble slab. In combination with the metal legs, this marble top gives the table an elegant and classic look with a nice midcentury modern design vibe. The legs are not attached to the slab directly and there’s a piece of plywood in between which is a lot smaller than the top and can only be seen from underneath. More details can be found on thestripedhouse

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Hairpin legs actually come in all sorts of different sizes but not exactly a lot of different shapes or styles. These ones featured on josiemichelledavis are quite interesting but it turns out they’re not actually hairpin legs but pipe hangers. It’s not the same thing but you can still use them as mini hairpin legs if you want to make a tiny table or a plant stand for instance. You would however have to come up with a different way of installing them. 

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You know what else mini hairpin legs could be used for: to make a dog bowl stand. It’s a great idea for a small and simple project, one that your pet will be very thankful for. The stand is meant to elevate their food and water bowls so they don’t have to bend down and sit uncomfortably while eating and drinking. It’s a nice gesture that you can do for your best friend and you can find all the details you need about this project on danslelakehouse if you’re interested. 

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Hairpin legs are also excellent for dining tables. They make them look nice and slender and they make it super easy to build your own table just by attaching them to a big piece of wood or a top that you can take from an old piece of furniture. You can [ick a size and shape for your table that suits the space around it as well as your needs and you can stain the top or you can paint it plus you can also use spray paint to give the hairpin legs a makeover as well. Check out this easy project on acutedesigns

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Building a coffee table is as easy as it can be if you use hairpin legs and a simple wooden top. Just put the two together and call it a day but take some time to add a few details to your design as well. For example, stain or paint the top in a nice nuance that goes well with your living room and consider giving some extra attention to the metal legs as well. Pick a good height for the sofa and reinforce the table a bit if necessary so it can last you for a long time. Check out more tips and ideas on jaymeesrp

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You might be wondering what sort of details you could add to your hairpin leg coffee table to make it more interesting and to give it more character. Well, a few cool ideas are given on shanty-2-chic where you can find a tutorial explaining exactly how this beautiful table was made. It has a square-shaped top which looks solid and robust and a slender and lightweight base thanks to the metal hairpin legs. The legs retain their original black finish which is beautifully complemented by the little corner hardware pieces. Little details like this end up making a big difference in the end. 

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Something else that you can add to your coffee table to make it more practical or more interesting-looking is a shelf. Shelves are great because they can be used to store and hide things like remote controls, phones, chargers, books and so on, item that would otherwise clutter up the tabletop. The shelf can be smaller than the top itself and attached to the underside. There’s a step-by-step tutorial on buildsomething which explains exactly how this part is done.