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How to make a midcentury footstool you’ll love

How to make a midcentury footstool you’ll love - The Hairpin Leg Co.

It’s easier than you might think to create your own footstool. It can be a great way to make a homemade, completely personalised piece of furniture for your home. Or it can make a lasting gift (it’s wedding season, after all!).

We’ve gathered some of our favourite examples below. You never know – they might inspire you to create something you’ll feel smug about every time you put your feet up.  

Customised upholstered footstools

Upholstered footstool with hairpin legs

Hairpin legs: 2-rod, 10", Copper

Not sure where to start? If you’d like a step-by-step guide on how to make your own, @FinishingRoom run a Mid-Century Footstool Workshop. It covers everything you need to know – from how to safely operate an electric staple gun, to making upholstered buttons.

And if DIY isn’t your thing, check out these bad boys by @Loose_Button. They have ready-made footstools in a rainbow of colours, styles, and shapes.

Upholstered footstool yellow hairpin legsGeometric footstool hairpin legs

Hairpin legs: 2-rod, 14", Yellow and 2-rod, 8", Black

DIY Ottoman with hairpin legs

DIY ottoman with hairpin legs

Hairpin legs: 2-rod, 12", Clear coat steel

Already versed in the magic of an electric stapler? You’re going to love making your own midcentury Ottoman.

This beauty, by @MisterDomestic, is embellished with a La Passacaglica Rosetta on top.

If you think this would sit well in your home, his simple video guide shows you how he did it.

Sheepskin footrests

Sheepskin footstool hairpin legsSheepskin footstool copper hairpin legs

Hairpin legs: 2-rod, 16", Black and 2-rod, 12", Copper

Nothing says ‘creature comforts’ like these sheepskin footstools, by @K.H.Interiors and @AddictedtoHouse.

These woolly wonders can be made using the same techniques in the how-to tutorials above.

Pair them with metallic hairpin legs – like copper or chrome – for a chic, glamorous look.

Need a hand with your legs?

To customise your footstool even more, our hairpin legs come in 13 different finishes– from trendy metallics, to vibrant colours.

If you’ve got a stool in mind, but you’re not sure which legs would match best, we’re always more than happy to help you decide.

Feel free to comment, send us a message, or give us a call.

And when you’ve made it, we'd love to share it. If you’ve got a hairpin leg project you’d like our followers to see, tag us on Instagram #thehairpinlegco and we'll do our best to feature it on our feed. 

Can’t wait to see your hairpin footstool creations!

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