How to Attach Table Legs: A DIY Guide
Are you considering building your own table? Don’t let the legs hold you back.
It might seem like you need to be an expert woodworker to complete this task. But, with the right materials and a few simple tools, you can install table legs quickly and easily. No advanced experience required.
In this post, we will discuss everything you need to know about attaching legs to a table. We’ll look at different types of table legs, other projects for inspiration, and step-by-step instructions. Many of the projects covered in this post use Kee Klamp fittings, which makes attaching table legs an affordable and hassle-free task.
Types of Table Legs
Wood and metal are the two main materials used for table legs. Both materials are useful but have different pros and cons, which we’ll discuss below.
Wooden legs are classic and available in a variety of designs and wood types. The downside is that attaching wooden legs can be challenging. To attach wooden legs to a table, you can use threaded inserts, mounting blocks, or cleats. You will need some woodworking skills to attach these legs.
- These are available in a variety of unique designs
- Wooden legs offer a classic aesthetic to your table
- Wooden legs can be difficult to install without woodworking experience
- The attachment methods usually don’t work with metal bases
Metal legs can be easily attached to different table tops with Kee Klamp fittings. You don’t need advanced building experience to attach these legs. Plus, we offer Table Frame Kits that provide all the supplies you need to easily build and attach legs to your table.
- Metal legs add a modern, industrial look to your table
- Metal legs can be easily attached with Kee Klamp fittings
- Unlike wooden legs, metal legs offer fewer design variations
- Metal legs can sometimes scratch flooring when not fitted with the proper footing
How to Attach Table Legs: Examples
When you use Kee Klamp fittings, attaching legs to a table is a breeze. You don’t even need to measure (of course you can if you want to) but eyeballing should be good enough. Just make sure the Flange fittings are an equal distance from each corner before you attach them with the appropriate screw. From there, you just need to put the legs into the Flange fittings and tighten the screws.
Above is an example of a finished table top using four simple metal legs, attached using a Kee Klamp Flange fitting for each leg.
Another option is to build a complete table frame instead of attaching each individual leg to the tabletop.
Sheeting clips were used to attach the plywood top to the base of this table. You can easily dismantle and change the height of the frame or replace the tabletop entirely. You can read more here if you are interested in designing a similar table.
This table is designed similarly to the first one on our list. The legs are attached to the tabletop with Flange fittings. As you are thinking about your own table design, consider if you want to attach casters to the legs. This will allow your table to be moved easily. Whether you plan to add casters or plugs, you should install these after you’ve attached the legs to the table.
What to Consider Before Attaching Table Legs
Before you design your own table and begin to attach the legs, there are a few things to consider.
- Material- Do you plan to use wood or metal legs? The attachment methods will be slightly different, so you will need to decide this before moving forward.
- Budget- Are you planning to splurge on this project? If not, keeping it simple with Kee Klamp fittings and galvanized pipe is a great option. These materials make for a sturdy table frame without breaking the bank.
- Feet- Will you attach casters or plugs to the bottom of your table legs. After installing the legs, you will want to move the table without scratching your flooring. So, decide on the feet before you build your table.
How to Attach Table Legs: Instructions
Now that you know more about table legs, it’s time to install your own! The instructions will vary depending on the materials you chose, but we’ve outlined the steps for attaching metal table legs with Kee Klamp fittings.
Step 1: Decide on Your Design & Gather Supplies
Before you start installing the legs, you need to know exactly what materials you will use. In these instructions, we’ll cover metal legs, but if you plan to use wooden legs you’ll need a different set of supplies.
To attach metal legs, you’ll need the legs, Flange fittings, screws, a drill (or wrench), and the feet covers (casters or plugs).
Step 2: Attach Flange to Table Top
Measure or “eyeball” where you want each leg. Be sure that the legs are an equal distance from the corners. Attach the Flange fittings to each corner with the screws.
Step 3: Install the Legs
Once the Flange fittings are attached, you can install the legs. Place the pipe into the Flange fittings and tighten the screw set.
Step 4: Add the Covers
Now that the legs are installed, you just need to add the covers to the feet. Add casters if you want the table to be able to roll or simply attach plugs so you won’t damage your flooring.
Table Frame Kits
Attaching legs to a table really is as simple as the instructions make it seem. If you want to make your table project even easier, consider purchasing a table frame kit. These kits take all the guesswork out of building a table. Our team can help you customize the frame to your specific requests. Soon, you’ll receive all the supplies needed to easily assemble your table frame.
Attach Table Legs Today!
Now that you’ve learned more about attaching legs to a table, are you ready to start on your own project? If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out. We offer free design assistance to help you get your project started.
Once you are finished creating your table, consider submitting pictures of your project on our site. We’d love to see your completed project!