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post #1 of 8 Old 02-09-2020, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Odd sized table or desk legs.

Is it unusual for a desk or table to have legs at a size of 2"x3"?
Instead of 2"x2" or 3"x3" or 4"x4".
I am asking because i am making some and they have turned out this far to be 2-1/4 x 3-1/4".
So i can easily finish them off to be 2x3. I think they would look ok, but then again i don't know it it would make the desk look strange.

What do you think?
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A small bedside table wouldn't normally have legs that are 4x4". A conference table wouldn't normally have legs that are 1x1" (nor would they likely be structurally sound).

Legs need to be able to support the furniture and any added weight (drawer contents, people). They are typically proportional to the size of the piece altogether. But nothing's stopping you from making a bedside table with 4x4" legs, especially if you're going for some specific look.

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Thank you for the comment.

This specific desk i am trying to make would be 5 feet by 30".

I more or less was asking about the legs not being the same dimension on all 4 sides.
2x2" vs 2x3".

Have you ever seen a set of legs that were not the same on all 4 sides?
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Find a very large furniture store in your area that carries at least middle price range furniture. Look at desks and tables that are approx. 30" X 5 feet. Check them all out with particular attention to the legs. That should give you a really good idea of leg dimensions to total size of your desk/table.
Probably also find a reasonably high end furniture store and do the same thing. Most furniture designers learned ages ago what proportions look good.

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I pulled up an image search of desks in the size you mentioned. On most the legs were proportional to the build of the desk. Desks that primarily had a working surface with few or no drawers had slender legs to match the slender look of the desk. Desks with large drawers and a more substantial look had larger legs. On almost all the legs appeared to have equal dimensions on all four corners.
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Find a very large furniture store in your area that carries at least middle price range furniture. Look at desks and tables that are approx. 30" X 5 feet. Check them all out with particular attention to the legs. That should give you a really good idea of leg dimensions to total size of your desk/table.
Probably also find a reasonably high end furniture store and do the same thing. Most furniture designers learned ages ago what proportions look good.
Ahh, good idea..
I will be doing this.
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I pulled up an image search of desks in the size you mentioned. On most the legs were proportional to the build of the desk. Desks that primarily had a working surface with few or no drawers had slender legs to match the slender look of the desk. Desks with large drawers and a more substantial look had larger legs. On almost all the legs appeared to have equal dimensions on all four corners.
Yes... i never really realized that adding drawers and such would definitly make it look more bulky and therefore need beefier legs.
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I know this Seems like it would be common sense, but i am just starting to notice things like this and all the members of this site have been very helpful with everything.

Much appreciated to me moving into this new hobby.
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