365 Objects Of Design

Useful Stuff Part I: Create Your Own Table with these Clamp Legs

6th March 2018

This week is turning out to be mostly dedicated to useful stuff. But that doesn’t mean boring. I don’t hold with the Marie Kondo theory of chucking everything out that doesn’t spark joy, but there are certain useful things than can definitely improve life when they look good. Or some that are just good ideas that you need to know about.

set of four clamp table legs £249 from future and found

set of four clamp table legs £249 from future and found

Take these metal clamp legs. I first wrote about them a couple of years ago, but then you could only buy them in France and ship them over. Which isn’t a deal breaker but it doesn’t mean you might think twice. Now they are in the UK and you could probably have them by Thursday which is a whole different thing. Basically a set of powder-coated steel metal legs with a clamp at the top. You choose one of two heights and find something to be the table – an old door, or a piece of painted mdf or what about a slab or marble worktop (that’s for a dining table idea) or a piece of tempered glass. There are as many possibilities as you can think of.

metal clamp table legs come in several colours from future and found

metal clamp table legs come in several colours from future and found

And the clever thing is that while the legs are the expensive bit, once you have bought them you can use them again and again as your needs change. Children’s desk to bedside table. Bedside table to hall bench. Hall bench to extra seating. Extra seating to … well you get the point.

The tall ones are £249 for a set of four and the shorter ones are £199  from Future and Found.

metal clamp legs come in two heights from future and found

metal clamp legs come in two heights from future and found

The only difficulty is choosing which colour you want – there is black, white, blush pink, dark green and yellow. And I need hardly mention that these are perfect for those of you in rental flats as you can adjust the size to fit and take them with you when you move. and, given the multitude of uses, you can change the top depending on the size of the room you are putting them in. Mind you, it’s not just for renters, they’re also great for kids’ rooms as their needs change along with their size.

pink metal clamp legs from future and found

pink metal clamp legs from future and found

So, it’s Tuesday. That’s the first useful thing. I hope you like it. I have a set in the garden that I have matched with a slab of waterproof concrete board as a garden table. I keep meaning to tile the top of the board with leftover tiles but I haven’t quite got round to it yet.

tiptoe legs from France

tiptoe legs from France

Still, tomorrow is another day. Drop in then to see the next useful thing I have found.

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  • Emma Lewis 9th March 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I’m now awash with ideas of things to make the ‘top’ of little tables … exciting creativity opportunity! Brilliant, find. I LOVE a practical product. Thanks Kate.

  • Diane 6th March 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I did not know these existed! Perfect for my son who recently moved into his own apartment! Found them here in the U.S. (The Floyd Legs). I really enjoy your blog. I have also preordered your book…can’t wait!

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 7th March 2018 at 11:54 am

      Thank you so much. I hope you will like it.

  • Jane Dale 6th March 2018 at 9:22 am

    This is such a great, great site….it keeps on giving and giving. A joy to see and read. Thank you!

  • Harriet 6th March 2018 at 9:21 am

    Yellow legs? Swoons with pleasure …

  • Emma Renton 6th March 2018 at 7:48 am

    Do you think these could work outside?

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 6th March 2018 at 10:11 am

      yes – I have some outside but the original french site tiptoe.fr has a range of colours specially for outside.

  • anna 6th March 2018 at 7:23 am

    I think these are fab, although it would be good if they were also height adjustable to make them even more flexible, and you wouldn’t need to choose between the two heights…

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 6th March 2018 at 10:14 am

      I think that might be technically very difficult to do. They have aimed at table and seating which tend to be standard heights – desks are around 75cm I think and chairs around 47cm – that’s off the top of my head but it’s around that.

  • DD 6th March 2018 at 7:18 am

    These spark a LOT of joy…

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