How to Select the Best Table Legs for Your Project

How to Select the Best Table Legs for Your Project

Table legs are often an underestimated portion of your space, however, they can drastically change the look and feel. If you are working on a home important or decoration project that involves selecting table legs, you might be wondering what your best options are. In this article, we’ll share some tips on how to choose the right table legs for your project, so that you can create a stunning end result.


Height Matters 

You want to make sure before you buy table legs that you measure for the desired height of your table. This will vary based on the project, average height in the household, and many other factors, but there are some standard measurements that work for most. Table legs come in a range of heights, from shorter legs that are ideal for coffee tables to taller legs that are better suited for kitchen tables. Ultimately, choosing the right height for your table legs is a matter of personal preference and practicality. 

Standard Heights: 

Dining Tables: 26”-30” (formal 30”) 

Bar Tables: 34”-40” 

Coffee Tables: 18” 

Benches: 16” 

Kitchen Counters: 28”-30” 

Side Tables: 22”-26” 

By taking into account the intended use of the table, as well as your own physical needs, you can select legs that will create a table that is both functional and stylish.


Pick a style that elevates your space

There are many factors to consider when picking the style and design for your table legs. The first thing to think about is the overall look you are trying to achieve in your space. Do you want something sleek and modern, or ornate and traditional? Once you have an idea of the general aesthetic you are going for, you can narrow down your options. Another important consideration is the wood species of your table legs, keeping in mind that some wood types stain better than others. Whatever style you choose, make sure if fits with the rest of your decor and expresses your personality. With so many options available, finding the perfect table legs is easy with Fancy Table Legs. 


Know your woods and your desired finish

Whether you’re building a table from scratch or simply refinishing some furniture, it’s important to know your wood species. Different woods have different properties that will affect how the table looks and how it holds up over time. For example, hardwoods like oak are strong and durable, making them ideal for table legs that will see a lot of use. If you are looking to stain or

paint your table legs, be sure to choose a wood that will accept the finish well. Some woods, like maple, have a natural resistance to stain that can make it difficult to get an even color. Others, like cherry, have a tendency to blotch when stained unless special care taken. By knowing, your wood species, you can choose the best option for your table legs and ensure that your table will look great for years to come.



Alder: doesn’t except stains very well, if you are looking to stain your alder table legs, dark colored, water toned base dyes are the best option. 

Cherry: Cherry wood is one of the easiest wood species to stain. 

Maple: Maple takes stains well, however keep in mind that due to the species, the stain may absorb unevenly.

Poplar: Experts recommend popular wood be painted rather than stained, due to the natural properties of the wood stains often come out uneven. 

Red Oak: Red Oak stains very well. Pro Tip, stain along the grain of the wood for best results. 

Rubberwood: Stains very well. 

White Pine: White Pine stains well, however, due to the natural properties of the wood, stains may absorb unevenly. 



Hickory: Table legs made with Hickory will come presanded, making them easy to stain. 

White Hard Maple: does not take stains well 

White Oak: very easy to stain 

Sapele/Maho: Yes, but it is important to follow proper staining procedures for Sapele in order to ensure a proper stain. 

Walnut:  accepts stains and dyes well 

Quarter Sawn White Oak: accepts stains and other finishes well

Rustic Alder: Does not stain well, offers a natural light brown color.

Rustic Hickory: does not stain well, comes from the outer edge of hickory trees but will have a more dramatic grain pattern and knots. 

Rustic Cherry: Stains well, similar in color to Cherry Wood with more mineral streaks and grain variations. 


Whether you’re looking for a rustic, industrial, or modern look, we have the perfect table legs to fit your style. Our selection of table legs is suer yo have something that will match the aesthetic of your home. 

So what are you waiting for? Start shopping now and be on your way to having the perfect table in no time!

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