Metal legs on a coffee table don’t need to be replaced often. Metal does not crack or splinter like wood and is unlikely to become unusable in an unexpected flood.
However, there are several reasons why people look for metal coffee table legs. They can be handyman who build their own furniture. You may want to replace the legs of a table so that it sits higher or lower on the floor. Or you want to replace the existing metal or wood legs of the table with legs that match a new decor.
There is an amazingly wide range of metal coffee table legs on the market that are suitable for all of these purposes. The right legs for a table depend on the required size, height, thickness and load capacity, mainly depending on the size and type of table top to be supported. An even more important consideration, however, is whether the legs will match the tabletop and the rest of the room design.
Coffee table legs are made from many different metals, including steel, iron, and aluminum. They are available in various metal finishes such as polished chrome, brushed aluminum and matte nickel. Needless to say, a material like aluminum is usually much cheaper than wrought iron. The latter is perfect for an antique feel.
The most popular choice for lighter coffee tables is a set of relatively thin metal hairpin pins that are rounded at the bottom and wide at the top. These legs usually have an “L” bracket that can be screwed into a wooden or metal framed table, or used as a support for glass. Similar, but more substantial, bracket-shaped, tapered industrial metal legs can support a heavier table top. Any of these options go well with a mid-century modern decor.
More modern coffee table legs made of metal with wide bases are available in the versions A-frame, H-frame, railroad trestle, X-style or geometric. Most have nifty metal finishes, but some come in designer colors too. For a state-of-the-art look and ease of assembly, there are even “Floyd” legs, made in a variety of traditional and pastel colors, that clip neatly onto virtually any type of tabletop (except glass or tile).
The most common heights for metal coffee table legs are 14 “and 16”, although you can find them as short as 8 “or as high as 28”. Most vendors sell them in packages of two, four, or eight.