DIY Hairpin Leg Coffee Table for Under $50

May 2, 2020

This hairpin leg coffee table is a great addition to any living room. I was able to build this coffee table in about ten minutes and for less than $30. These hair pin legs are affordable and stylish and won’t break the budget!

Y’all. This table. I know she doesn’t look like much, but she makes me so happy. 

DIY Hairpin Leg Coffee Table

I have pined (pun intended) after minimalistic hairpin leg tables for years. YEARS. They add functionality and airy-ness to any room they’re in. I knew I wanted to have one, but I never got around to buying or building one. 

Now that I am watching my budget like a hawk, I am very finicky when it comes to purchases I make for my house. I spend more time discerning whether a piece will be a good investment versus just an impulsive, quick-fix purchase. I would rather spend extra to make sure a piece will last and my money will be well spent. 

Well, the Hairpin Leg Fairy felt bad for me, knew I loved the strength and durabilty of this style of table, and gifted me with these FREE hairpin legs. They came off an old side table that the maintenance staff at my college was just throwing away (I can’t believe they didn’t see the greatness I saw in those legs.)! I pleaded with them to save the legs for me, and sure enough they did! Praise be to God.

This was a double win for me: I was getting the chance to build something that would last and it would be EXTREMELY affordable. 


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*These legs may have been in the back of my car since September, but that’s a whole ‘nother post about my problems with living in my car/needing to get organized.

I didn’t know what I was going to attach the legs to to make them into a coffee table, until a couple weeks ago when I was at my local home improvement store picking up gardening supplies. This wood glued pine panel jumped out at me as the perfect, no fuss, table top for my hairpin leg coffee table. The best part? IT WAS $15.

Now, I know, my table would be less than someone else who purchased hairpin legs and a piece of wood glued panel, but still, you can make the table for less than $50. 

When was the last time you saw a stylish coffee table for less than $50!? That’s what I thought. 

If I would have purchased hairpin legs for my coffee table, I would have purchased these ones. They have really great reviews on Amazon and a lot of the reviews have pictures with them. I’m all about the positive reviews and pictures before I make an Amazon purchase. 

DIY Hairpin Leg Coffee Table

So all I did for this project was sand the edges of my table top so they weren’t sharp, and screwed the legs to the bottom. That’s literally all it took to have a coffee table. 

In the future I might get crazy with the top by staining or painting it, or taking this top off completely and finding something else to repurpose, but for now, it makes a great coffee stand, computer stand, place to eat some spaghetti, etc. 

What do you think!?

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