Hairpin legs add a touch of Mid-Century Modern appeal to any piece of furniture. They give off that perfect blend of vintage and industrial. And the best part: you can buy the legs alone for some of your DIY home projects. Here are several DIY furniture ideas that make use of these awesome legs. They range from simple to somewhat complicated but all are fantastic DIY projects.
1. Add to a Tree Stump
Talk about rustic and industrial chic! This simple DIY hairpin legs project requires a slice of tree stump, planer, sander, and several chemicals for preserving the look of the wood. There are many sources of tree stumps for you to consider for this project. You can order online or you can go the fresh route. If you do, you will want to let the stump dry indoors for at least three months first.
2. Make a Simple Lap Desk
This is another hairpin leg table DIY but it has a standard rectangle look and is much shorter than a side table. In fact, for this lap desk, only the 8-inch hairpin legs were used. Apart from the wood table top and legs, this particular project will require sandpaper, drill, and screws.
3. Top with an Ikea Piece
Ikea has a table top product called Linnmon. It comes in different sizes and colors and can be placed on top of any leg you like. And yes, hairpin legs will work, too. This is a simple position and screw project that will take you under an hour. For a coffee table, you will want to look into the 16-inch hairpin leg variety.
4. Add Storage to a Simple Coffee Table
This is another coffee table idea that makes use of the all-around awesome hairpin legs. But unlike the previous project, this one has instructions for making the table top from scratch. The table top also comes with nifty sections for storing magazines and other knick-knacks.
5. Top with a Vintage Piece of Furniture
Aside from constructing your own top section for the hairpin legs, you can also use them to update the look of an old piece of furniture. A great example: these gorgeous card catalog drawers that were transformed into a fabulous end table. With vintage furniture, it is important to find the right spot for screwing the hairpin legs.
6. Make a Stacked Plywood Bench
This is not your average bench with Mid-Century Modern hairpin legs. This unique piece of furniture showcases a stacked plywood style seat. Talk about quirky yet elegant. As you can see, this is a project that will take some time. Cutting the plywood pieces and then gluing them together will likely set you back an afternoon. But don't worry, all your efforts will be rewarded with a beautifully unique MCM bench.
7. Top with Doggie Food Bowls
Okay, this is not exactly a piece of furniture but we had to include it here. After all, in the canine world, a food bowl stand is practically a dining table. For this project, you will need to cut a piece of plywood with holes in the middle for the food and water bowls. Screw the hairpin legs to the bottom and you're done.
I am off to find a good supplier of hairpin legs. If you end up making some of these MCM projects, show off your items and tag us on Facebook or Instagram!