How much weight can hairpin legs support?
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A ROUGH GUIDE ONLY AND GREAT CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN BUILDING HEAVY TABLES. HAIRPIN LEGS ARE VERY STRONG BUT THIS IS ONLY ONE PART OF THE TABLE. OVERALL TABLE CONSTRUCTION AND FIXINGS TO THE LEGS WILL DETERMINE YOUR TABLES OVERALL STRENGTH.
The weight which our leg can hold depends on a few things; Leg length, number or rods, classic (10mm) or heavy duty (12mm) construction. Below we have provided a rough guide to get you started but please do email through if you have any further questions.
Bar / 40 inches
Tall hairpin legs can transform a simple wooden surface into a unique home bar. Our 40 inch pins will support up to 80kg free standing, but more if you fix the table to a wall or static fixing.
Countertop / 34 inches
Available in 10mm or 12mm. 10mm will hold up to 50kg while 12mm will hold up to 100kg.
Dining Table, Desk / 28 inches
28 inch 3 rod - Classic 10mm legs can support a table up to around 60kg while the heavy duty 12mm legs will support a weight up to around 120kg. The legs can actually hold quite a lot more than this but we suggest staying below these limits in order to ensure your table remains sturdy with no wobble.
28 inch 2 rod - Classic 10mm legs are only suitable for side tables that you do not intend to work or eat at. If you prefer the look of 2 rod legs for a desk/dining table then the heavy duty 12mm work well up to around 25kg. Both the classic and heavy duty legs will support much heavier weights however they will flex and this does not produce a high quality feel to your finished table.
Bench / 16 inches
As a general rule of thumb, the classic (10mm) 2 rod legs in bench height are good for up to 2 - 3 average sized adults. The 3 rod legs are recommended when you have 3 people or more.
The classic legs are therefore good for almost all situations so we would only really ever recommend choosing the heavy duty legs (12mm) if you have used heavy duty for your table and want the leg thicknesses to match.
Coffee table / 8 , 10, 12 or 14 inches
On these shorter legs, you will find it hard to get a top which is too heavy for them, even in the classic (10mm) version. We have tested these with 250kg concrete tops and have multiple people stand on top without any issues. They really are that strong!
Furniture feet / 4 inches
Much the same as above. These short legs are extremely strong!