There is so much more to a table than just the top. When you decide on a table, spend some time and have a look at the legs. The legs will give you a much deeper insight into the style the table adopts, and the world of table legs has never been this interesting. Gone are the days where straight pencil legs were considered the only contemporary options. Welcome to the world where having some curves on those legs actually means you have a great sense and appreciation of historical styles.

Table legs also play a functional role: to stabilize and balance the table. In order for a table to sit well in your space, the legs need to be sturdy as well as stylish. This is important to remember when you have a look at the feet of the table. Placing a table with spindly legs on uneven flooring could weaken the legs substantially. It is therefore important to ensure that the table legs are not only appealing, but also functional.

Whether you choose tables that complement or contrast with the room's decor, they certainly add their own flavor to the room's design. There are many different designs of tables to choose from, and there are even hybridized tables that combine different styles together (take for instance retro-rustic). Here's a list of a few common table styles and characteristics that will aid you in finding the right one for your space.


If you’re looking to jazz your dining room up into something that is a little more modern or retro, have a look at hairpin legs, straight legs and mid-century modern legs. Tapered legs can also work here depending on the context of the table's other features. If you're going for a more abstract look there are plenty of modern accent tables with creative botanical or geometric base designs. When considering mixing mediums, metal and wood work well together for a more contemporary feel. The metal can be either polished or brushed.

Clear Glass Rectangular Modern Industrial Dining Table


Wood, wood and more wood work here. Straight leg, country and cottage design table legs work here. Square legs seem to work well here as well. The metals that work best with rustic styles are brushed copper, cast iron, or even metals in a rusted finish.

Distressed Wood Rustic Painted Pedestal Table


No metal here, only curvaceous, finely carved legs. These legs have a tendency to look frail, however, they have been well crafted for generations. Cabriole legs and legs with ornately carved accents work well here. French country style fits this as well and gives off that old-world charm. Darker woods work well here, for instance cherry.

Claw Foot Tables

For the historical and antique furniture afficianado, look out for claw foot tables in various styles. Don't worry about the practicality of these tables or scuffing the feet. Modern claws are reinforced with felt or metal to protect the feet from breaking. Some clawfoot tables come with four feet, while some pedestal tables feature one single clawed foot. These tables are well-placed in any home going for a traditional or gothic look, and these tables look beautiful in darker woods. Metal doesn’t work well here, unless it’s gold or silver inlays, which would then take the table to a whole new level. Claw footed tables are usually heavy and require skilled movers to move around as just trying to lift it may damage the top, depending on how heavy the foot is. Interior Clue offers white glove delivery for all of our heavier items.