Tapered furniture legs — installed straight or at an angle — are one of the calling cards of mid-century modern furniture designs. Case goods, tables, chairs, sofas, footstools and more can all be made to feel a bit more sleek with these slender legs. Whether you are trying to repair a vintage dresser or need legs to build your own retro inspired furniture, we’ve found four sources for tapered furniture legs — in several styles, shapes and materials.
4 Sources for retro furniture legs
1. Tablelegs.com —
Tablelegs.com has two different styles of mid century wooden legs — the McCobb and Wegner — that are available in sizes from 4″ to 29″ in eight wood species, making them ideal for use as sofa legs, or for dressers and tables.
The company also offers a Lasdun mid-century wooden furniture leg in three thicknesses, which are scaled to fit sofas, smaller upholstered furniture and mid-sized case pieces. This series is available in three “visual hefts” so you can chose the right scale and size for your project.
2. Waddell Manufacturing Company —
For a less expensive replacement leg Waddell Manufacturing Company has one style in sizes from 4″ – 28.” You can also see lots of options on Amazon (affiliate link). These legs come with metal ferrules/caster feet attached. I have seen both the Waddell wooden table legs and the McCobb legs from Tablelegs.com in person. I felt that the the Tablelegs.com legs were more “solid” — probably because the oak legs from Tablelegs.com were likely a more dense wood species than the Waddell legs — a quality which seems to be reflected in their higher price tag. I also tend to think the legs from Tablelegs.com without the casters look a little more high end.
3. Thirteencolonies Etsy Shop —
I also found thirteencolonies, an Etsy shop that sells mid century style replacement sofa legs. The legs are available in several wood species and are hand made in the shop owner’s 1875 antique barn workshop in northern Vermont. Custom orders are welcomed — which is a wonderful option for those who are trying to find a perfect match to repair a vintage furniture piece.
For a non-traditonal mid-century furniture leg, Ferrous Hardware offers several completely metal mid century style tapered legs in finishes like polished chrome, brushed nickel and polished brass. Their legs come in heights from 3.5″ to 10″.
5. And increasingly, more mid century table legs options from additional companies on Amazon.\ (affiliate link).
A reminder: Most of these legs require mounting plates, which are attached to the underside of the furniture allowing the legs to be easily screwed into place. I found mounting plates at tablelegs.com that make it easy to attach the legs and are available in a straight or angled mount.