I just spent the last two hours cruising through big box and locally owned hardware stores looking for round, tapered, wooden chair legs. You would think that this is something that the stores keep in stock. They are cheap, heavily used for everything from cheap tables, to well… chair leg replacement. I was absolutely blown away by the lack of selection, the lack of stock (most had 2 or 3. I need 8) and more over the hideous styles that were offered up.
All I need are simple, tapered, unfinished legs with a metal screw post and a leg cap on the end. Here in Kansas City that is a hard order to fill. So after a couple of hours and 5 or so hardware stores later, I gave up. I probably should have done this sooner, but after getting home I turned to good old Google. One quick search later and score, I have hit the mother lode.
Enter “Classic Designs, by Matthew Burak“, and his specific line of legs for mid-century modern and Danish furniture from the 1950’s and 60’s. The line ranges in heights from 4 to 12 inches and come in a variety of finish treatments. The legs are available in both flat and angular tops, and can be purchased with mounting hardware if needed. The prices are a bit higher than what you pay if you go to your local True Value hardware store, but the specs match the original leg dimensions I need so the price is worth it. Not only that, I can get them in real Mahogany. That’s right, these legs are hardwood. Not soft pine that you will stain, but real hardwood that you will finish.