Hairpin Leg DIY Desk That Anyone One Can Create

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Hello, my creative friends! I’m so excited that you’re joining me today and I think you will love this easy DIY hairpin leg desk project. I have to admit I’m pretty dang proud of how it turned out too. This is the perfect project for a DIY beginner. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… but you only have two steps.

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DIY Hairpin Leg Desk That Anyone One Can Create

This old door is getting a makeover with the addition of hairpin legs. It's going to make the perfect DIY desk.

Here is what you’ll need to recreate your very own DIY Hairpin Desk/Table. This is so cool!

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Adding The Hairpin Legs

Adding hairpin legs to this old door will turn it into the perfect DIY desk.

Step 1

Old doors are perfect for this project but you can use any wood for a DIY hairpin leg desk… or table. Get creative and look around and see what unique idea you can come up with. Maybe even an old pallet? Woah! How cool would that be?

When adding hairpin legs you'll need to measure and space them out properly. This will distribute the weight of the DIY desk to support it properly.

When attaching the legs to your DIY hairpin leg desk/table be sure to space them out evenly. Because I used a door I chose to bring the legs in somewhat to allow even weight distribution. This solid wood door is very heavy and I didn’t want it to bow in the middle. If you look closely in the picture, you can see where I had used this door as a desk a few years ago. My leg placement was not good and it did bow in the middle. There ya go! Don’t do what I did. Learn from my mistakes.

Pre-drill Holes Before Attaching The Hairpin Legs

Be sure to predrill the holes especially if you’re using old wood that is brittle to prevent splitting or cracking your wood before you secure the legs with the screws.

Secure the hairpin legs with screws. Be sure and pre-drill the holes to prevent cracking and splitting of the wood door.

The set of hairpin legs comes with 4 screws per leg. Use them all! I plan on adding a glass top on my DIY desk and this will ensure that the legs will hold up the weight and create a secure base. Who wants a wobbly desk??? Not me!

Add Your Personal Touches To Your DIY Hairpin Desk

Add your favorite color of paint and you have a beautiful DIY desk. I used a beautiful neutral color chalk mineral paint to compliment my home decor.

Step 2

Here’s the fun part… paint it, refinish the wood… whatever your style is! I chose to paint because I wanted a clean fresh look for my room. Here’s what I love about this DIY hairpin leg desk project. It can also be used as a table! So, when (and I will) get tired of it, I’ll just move it to my dining room. For now, it will live in my guest room as a second office space. A great addition to this room for when family or guests come to stay.

In just 2 simple steps, you can create this beautiful DIY hairpin leg desk. Easy peasy!

 

I'm so in LOVE with how this DIY hairpin leg desk turned out.

 

My home office is complete with my easy DIY hairpin leg desk made from an old door. You gotta try this idea!

I LOOOOVE how this DIY hairpin leg desk turned out and especially love that this door belonged to my Grandma. It was salvaged from her home before it was torn down along with the windows that decorate each side of the window. Call me a hoarder of good junk but I will NEVER part with this door. It may morph into many projects in my life but it’s mine for now and a little piece of her. Grandmas hold our hands for a short time but hold our hearts forever.

I’d love to hear what you think about this project. Please, don’t be a stranger. When you leave a comment it only helps my blog grow and I love connecting with you.

Until the next project… xo, Do

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I added hairpin legs and a little paint to my Grandma's old door and made a functional DIY desk for my home office. I'm so glad I did!

10 Comments

  • Hi
    It looks awesome. About 15 years ago my Mom and I did an old door. It was meant to be her coffee table. I lost her some time later.
    However, I still have it.
    This would be a great desk now!!
    Where do I find the tall hairpin legs????
    Please and thank you.
    Yours looks lovely finished!!! 🤩
    Thank you,
    Jamie

  • Thanks, Jamie!
    So glad I could inspire you to use your special treasure and I understand what a special memory that door holds for you. The hairpin legs are available on Amazon. There’s a link in the post under the supplies list. Wishing you the best.

    xo, Do

  • Turned out great, love it! I made a desk for my son a few months ago and I want to share a “whoopsie” I made on the project…it has to do with the placement of the desk legs. Take into consideration how far the legs will “stick out” into the surrounding area (I used metal saw horses on the first desk I made), and make sure there is enough room to comfortably move one’s legs around as well as the feet of the chair in the area where you push the chair up to the desk and sit at the desk (the “foot well” I guess you call it?). My son is 6′ 3″ and all legs…I put the legs too close together the first time around and he could not comfortably sit on a computer chair at the desk, and the legs stuck out under the desk at the floor area just enough for them to be bumped into/snub barefoot toes.

  • I saved the wood doors when we bought our OLD farmhouse, over 30 years ago (does that make me a hoarder, or a smart creative person). They were stored in a protective space, good as the day they were stored. I now know what to do for the kids and grands for Christmas. This gives them an antique from the farm and me, with a more modern twist with the metal hairpin legs, which they like. And who can’t use an extra desk or table Thank you, yours is not only lovely, but useful ( old school thinking sneaking in ). Mine will be for my plants, if I drizzle water, no problem with the glass top. Wish I had thought to do this ages ago. Bless you and stay healthy.

  • I love your table from Grandma’s door. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Where did you get the legs?
    Thanks.

  • Thanks, Lori! I got the legs from Amazon. Check the products list on the blog post. There’s a link there.

    xo, Do

  • Thank you, Theresa! Old school is always the best in my opinion. What a great gift with so much meaning. I’m so happy you found this useful. Blessing to you and stay safe.

    xo, Do

  • Great tip, Amy! You are absolutely right. The best way to learn is through “whoopsies” I’ve had my fair share too. Stay safe my friend.

    xo, Do

  • This is going to be perfect, if I can find the glass? Where did you get yours? I don’t know where to start looking! I’m in the UK. 🙂

  • Hi Tracey! Try searching for a custom glass company in your area. They can custom cut you what you need. 🙂

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