Just Add Legs for Easy DIY Furniture

Take upcycling to new heights.

Put Some Legs on It
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Instead of going out and buying a run-of-the-mill end table or boring fruit bowl, consider customizing things you already have by simply adding legs. From a totally unique bar cart to a conversation-starting side table, you're bound to find the inspiration you need for your next DIY.

Book Stack

Start by choosing your books. This project works best with a stack of identical books, but a stack of similarly-sized books will work as well. Wipe off all the book covers to remove any dust and grime. Once dry, begin stacking the books one by one and gluing together with construction adhesive. Allow to dry. Next, cut a piece of 1/2-inch wood (we suggest plywood) to the dimensions of your bottom book and glue in place. Attach the four leg brackets to each corner using the provided hardware. To complete, screw the legs into so probably for the brackets and admire your new table — perfect for a bookworm.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker


Once you’ve found the perfect thrifted suitcase, cut a piece of plywood to fit perfectly inside the bottom of the suitcase and glue it into place. If you desire, you can paint the plywood to match the interior of the suitcase. Once dry, use a marker and a leg bracket to mark drill points on each corner of the bottom of the suitcase. Drill the holes and mount the brackets using the provided hardware. Screw the legs into place and enjoy your quirky accent table with storage to boot!

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Wood Crate

For a fun addition to a kid’s room, transform a wooden crate into a cubby with legs. Paint a medium-sized wooden crate and legs to the color of your liking and allow to dry. Once fully dry, install angled legs and brackets to the bottom of the crate. Mark your holes, pre-drill and mount the legs using the provided hardware.

Old Drawer

If you’re looking for a unique alternative to a bar cart, try throwing some hairpin legs on an old drawer. To do so, begin by removing all the original hardware from the drawer. Glue a piece of plywood cut to fit the underside for added support. Give all surfaces a quick scuff sand and paint to your desired color. Once dry, mount hairpin legs in each corner using the provided hardware. Finish this drawer off with the hardware of your choice. If the existing holes don’t work for the new hardware, simply attach with a strong glue.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Wooden Bowl

Give a simple wooden bowl a little boost by adding a set of spherical legs. All you need for this DIY is a wooden bowl and three wooden cabinet knobs. To attach, simply bond with wood glue and allow to dry. If you’d like, you can even pick a stain to match the wood bowl and apply before gluing.

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