What type of legs should I choose?
by Lewis Simpson
No piece of furniture is complete without the perfect set of legs. Here at The Chaise Longue Company, we offer a fantastic selection to help you create your perfect bespoke piece. Not only is our leg collection wide and varied, but we also offer a fantastic selection of wood finishes to complete the perfect look for your new unique piece.
If you’re struggling to pick legs for your new piece, we have put together a quick guide to help you decide, running down what each leg is best suited to and, in some cases, noting the history of the legs design. Whether you’re looking for something modern, something timeless or something antique, we have the perfect option for you.
Ball & Claw
The ball & claw is a decorative leg fashioned to represent a bird’s claw gripping a ball. This leg type has been continuously popular since it was introduced to Europe from China in the 1700s, largely thanks to its timeless design.
Historically the leg has come in many varieties, such as a metal claw and glass ball, but the design that has stayed popular and in fashion since its introduction is one carved entirely of wood. The Chaise Longue Company offers this elegant leg in a solid carved wood design in any finish of your choice.
Choose this leg if you are looking to create a timeless, elegant piece of furniture. Ball & claw suits all types of chaises, sofas, chairs and ottomans; however, they work beautifully well on any classic design.
The cabriole leg is identifiable by its distinctive curves. From the top, the leg first curves outwards before bowing inwards to create a unique second curve. It is believed to be inspired by the physiology of many four-legged animals. Variants of the cabriole leg came into fashion in the 1600’s as English, Dutch, and French furniture makers broke away from their medieval roots and developed curvier styles.
We at The Chaise Longue Company offer cabriole legs in many sizes, long and short, to give you the freedom to choose your desired style and height. Choose this leg if you are looking for a beautiful, elegant design. Our 8 and 9”” offering perfectly suits any chaise, sofa or chair, whilst our shorter 4” option are perfect for stools and ottomans.
A tapered leg is recognisable thanks to the technique in how they are designed. Tapering is the gradual thinning of thickness as the legs get further down. This a very distinctive and strong design that visually reduces the impact that furniture has on a room, allowing more floor space to be seen. The tapered leg often evokes memories of furniture from the 1950s and 60s due to the popularity of its use during that important period of furniture design.
The tapered legs we offer are reminiscent of mid-century design and are available in both round and square styles. Tapered legs are perfect for stylish and modern designs and suit any chaises, sofas, chairs and ottomans, however they suit modern and linear pieces perfectly.
Splayed legs are, by definition, wider out at the bottom than they are at the top. This creates a wider leg stance at a compound angle whilst remaining within the dimensions of the piece.
The Chaise Longue Company offers two sizes of splayed legs, one 6” and one 8”, both with a stylish curved design. Splayed legs are a fantastic fit for any chaise, sofa, ottoman and even some chair designs thanks to their effortlessly clean, modern and simplistic design.
Our sofa legs come in many different styles to give you a variety of choice and to allow you to achieve the perfect look for your bespoke piece. The three options shown below are expertly hand-crafted into beautiful unique designs to make your piece stand out. Each piece comes in a specific size, ranging from 5”, 6” and 8” and is available in any finish you desire. The sofa leg is perfect for achieving a beautifully classic look and is suitable for any piece, especially chaises and sofas.
A bun foot is one of the earliest leg styles that consists of a simple spherical disk-like shape and dates back to the early 1600’s. The popularity of this style was at its highest in the 1800’s and is very commonly seen on various pieces of Victorian furniture.
At The Chaise Longue Company, we offer this simple yet fashionable leg type in two size options, 2” and 3”. The bun foot is a fantastic option for any bespoke piece, but is a perfect fit for chaises, sofas and ottomans, especially antique and classic varieties.
A castor is an assembly that contains both a wheel and a bracket for it. This allows your piece to be moveable. The castors we offer come attached to a stylish hard-wood sofa leg to allow for sturdiness and style as well as function.
We offer castors in two unique varieties to best suit your bespoke furniture. Our chrome option is perfect for any piece, but especially suits modern or classic chaises, sofas and ottomans. Our brass option is also perfect for any piece; however, it perfectly suits antique pieces thanks to its antique look.
Are you looking for a sturdy and durable leg that will last the test of time? If so, our selection of chrome legs is what you are looking for. Our stylish chrome legs expertly merge the modern with the traditional. As the newest offering in our range, these chrome legs beautifully mix an elegant appearance and extremely robust quality, giving you access the best of both worlds! They are available in three varieties, allowing for more customisability when creating your perfect piece.