Furniture Make-Over Ideas Using Different Furniture Leg Designs

December 7, 2015

Different furniture leg designs are an exclusive way to update your décor. The designs unleash your imagination for creative make-overs and are a cost effective solution to successful redesigning.

Instead of throwing out a piece of furniture when a leg is broken, you can replace the leg and even modify the pieces look. The possibilities are endless. And if you are looking for a certain style or assessing the value of your antique, legs are the key. In truth, legs provide information about your furniture type and are a guideline for dating the pieces.

Once you identify the leg style, you can easily match the piece to your décor. Here are basic styles and a few furniture make-over ideas to get you inspired:


Saber legs feature a distinct flowing single curve. The front legs flare outward and the rear legs curve behind the seat. It was first seen on the ancient Greek klismos chair. The style is modeled after the cavalry saber (sword) and was common in the 19th century. Today, the style is common on small pieces like end tables, empire chairs and as accents with contemporary pieces.


Cabriole legs originated from Italy in the early 18th century. The style is commonly associated with the Queen Anne and Chippendale period. Many have ball and claw feet, but other foot styles are also used. The legs first curve inward at the knee then out again at the ankle. The stylish double curve gives them strength to support heavy furniture. Different furniture leg designs for the legs include beautiful dining room chairs, a striking lowboy for displaying invaluable treasures and are amazingly stunning on a four poster bed.


Marlborough legs are straight, with or without carvings. They were especially popular in mid-18th century. Some also have fluting, but not all. In addition, square block feet are typically used with this leg style. The Marlborough leg is very versatile and comes in many widths and lengths. They can be used in both contemporary and Victorian style décor. For furniture make-over ideas use the legs on a lounge chair, a camel back sofa, poster beds, ottomans and matching small pieces.


Tapered legs are similar to Marlborough legs but wider at the top than the bottom. The thinnest width of the leg is at the floor. This design creates the illusion that the top of the furniture is wider than it really is. However, since the weight becomes distributed on the smallest part of the leg, users need be careful of how heavy the top of the furniture is. The style was used in the mid to late 18th century and offers a slim and sleek profile to your décor.

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