How to Add Legs to a Table Top

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How to Add Legs to a Table Top
Learn how to add legs to a wooden table top. (table image by Lars Christensen from

Table tops can be made out of a wide assortment of materials --- old window frames, decorative shelving, old doors or ornate chair backings. Assuming your table top is made out of wood or a similar material, adding legs is easy. What's more, it can be done in little time for little money.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 4 table legs with top plates
  • 16 screws
  • Electric screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Measure the thickness of your tabletop.

  2. 2

    Purchase four table legs with top plates. The plate is simply a thin, square piece that is attached to the top of the leg and has one screw hole in each corner. They can be purchased in a wide variety of shapes, styles, sizes and colours so you are bound to find the perfect fit for your table top.

  3. 3

    Purchase 16 screws --- four for each leg. They need to be the proper fit for the screw holes on the leg plates, so if you are unsure, ask the store clerk. You must also take into consideration the thickness of the tabletop. You want the screws to be long enough to take hold inside the table top but not so long that they penetrate through the top.

  4. 4

    Turn your table top upside-down on your work surface.

  5. 5

    Decide where you would like the legs to sit. They are often placed one to three inches from the corners.

  6. 6

    Use a tape measure and pencil to mark where each leg will sit. Make sure your measurements are precise for each leg.

  7. 7

    Hold one leg against one of the marks you made in Step 6.

  8. 8

    Attach the leg to the table by screwing one screw in each screw hole. An electric screwdriver works best.

  9. 9

    Repeat Steps 7 and 8 with the other three legs.

  10. 10

    Turn your table right-side-up. If it wobbles you need to tighten your screws; if it doesn't, it's ready for use.

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