Discover 16 common furniture leg styles for tables, chairs and sofas. Includes cabriole, double scroll, reeded, saber, tapered, straight, fluted and more.
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1. Adam Leg Style
Designed by Robert Adam (1760-1795). A classic Adam leg design includes reeded and tapered effects.
2. Double Scroll
The double scroll is identified by the rolled the two “rolled” design elements on the leg.
3. Double Twist
As the name implies, the ornate double twist furniture leg style makes the wood appear as if two strands are twisted together.
4. Cabriole Leg Styles
I liken the cabriole leg style to a horse’s rear legs. The upper arc is convex (outward) and the lower is concave (inward).
5. Fluted Leg Style
A classic element of the fluted furniture leg is the concave reeded design which makes the legs look like Greek architectural columns.
The Marlborough leg is plain and square. Some taper while some designs are straight.
Reeded table legs include vertical lines created either by raised reeds or concave reeds. Reeds are often combined with other leg styles.
8. Reverse Scroll
The reverse scroll is a table leg or chair leg with 2 rolled elements, but on opposite sides of the leg.
9. Saber Leg Style
You gotta love the name… “saber leg”, which is aptly named for the saber like shape akin to the the curved fangs of a tiger or curved sword.
10. Sheraton Tapered
Sheraton furniture legs date at end of 18th and beginning of 19th centuries. The most common type is the square tapered leg.
The spade leg is in reference to the foot which widens like a spade.
Tapered furniture legs are found on tables, chairs and sofas. This design element is often combined with other leg designs.
14. Turned Flute
15. Turned Twist
Wood design giving a twisted appearance… but just a single twist compared to the double twist above.
16. Walnut Period