DIY hairpin leg suitcase bedside tables

Hairpin legs have been on trend for some time. I love how versatile these are. You can use them to easily create a piece of furniture for any of your rooms … a console table for the hallway, desk for the office or bedside tables for bedroom like I did. Here is a guide on how to make these.

ITEMS YOU NEED:

  • Vintage / retro or metal suitcases – I purchased mine at Habitat few years back here are some good alternatives
  • Hairpin legs – I used, 2 rod style, black matte finish and 46cm long – when I added the height of the suitcase and the wooden plank the overall height of the bedside table reached 66 cm which was perfectly alighted with the height of my bed. You can find great choices here on Amazon.

Hairpin legs choosing correct height

  • Planks of wood from local DIY shop – I didn’t want to screw the legs right into the suitcases and damage them this way, so I used the wood as a layer between. You can see there is 7 holes for screws on the legs bracket, but I have actually only used 3 screws on each leg as it seems enough considering it is only small bedside table which won’t be holding anything heavy.

Fixing hairpin bedside table legs

  • About 1m long Velcro strips – I put these between the wood and metal suitcases. This is an easy solution of holding the elements together yet I know I can still dismantle the parts at any time in case I want to use the suitcases in another way in the future. Again great choices of Velcro strips are here.

COST OF ITEMS:

  • Metal suitcases £90
  • Hairpin legs £100
  • 2 planks of wood £7
  • Velcro strips £3

TOTAL COST            £200 (£100 each bedside table)

This is not bad considering you get 2 completely unique bedside tables ! Let me know in comments if you like any more information, please.

 

DIY hairpin leg suitcase bedside table

 

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