Making Made Easy: Best Sources for Metal Table Bases & Legs

updated Jul 16, 2020
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Pair an existing table top with a new metal base and you get instant and affordable furniture. Five years ago I remember searching for simple, basic table legs on the internet, but came up largely empty handed. Now metal bases are widely available, which means it’s easy to make your own tables without needing to weld. Three cheers for that!

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TOP ROW: 1. Lou and Sarah paired a reclaimed top with industrial modern legs in their super stylish dining room, spotted on
Modern Legs sells a similar, but smaller, tapered set, and also offers
custom legs for a reasonable amount of money. Etsy-ite
DIY Furniture Store also sells a version. Lastly, more shapes and sizes can be had through
Territory Design. 2. Tanya, of
Dans Le Townhouse, made this desk from metal rods with the help of her welder husband. Things are infinitely easier for you with the
Habitat’s small metal trestle. For you Americans, try
Balasagun on Etsy instead.

Emma Persson Lagerberg uses a small and versatile Eames LTR table in her living room. If you like this look, but need a larger version, try making your own with the help of the cat’s cradle metal bases from

Emily Henderson found this card catalog table at a flea market, but anything is possible with a set of metal hairpin legs. Easy to attach, they work with any number of table tops or cabinets. Tons of sizes are available at places like (how long do you think it took to come up with that name?) and Logan at

Sarah Dorsey made this herringbone table with an angled steel base, with materials purchased at her local Home Depot. Since this version requires a little more assembly, head over to Sarah’s blog for the full DIY.

BOTTOM ROW: 6. Lest you forget about our favorite Swedish furniture giant, I’m here to remind you that
IKEA has a range of metal table legs that are sleek and completely affordable. You see them pop up often, like on this table seen on

7. And then there is good old-fashioned pipe, available at hardware stores everywhere. The nice thing about pipe is that it’s customizable, and you can create whatever size and shape you need. For example: this metal console table from

8. Last but not least, don’t forget the humble caster, which, combined with a storage trunk or chest — or a stump like this one from
A Beautiful Mess — easily becomes a versatile coffee table. You can buy casters at places like
Home Depot, and the aptly named

(Images: as linked above)