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How to Make a Mid Century Inspired Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs

When we designed our new kitchen, fitting in a breakfast bar was a key consideration. We chose hairpin legs, rather than cupboards, or regular silver coloured legs. This makes it more like a table, and lets light circulate around the room. I love the Mid Century look, and the hairpin legs are perfect for adding a touch of Mid Century style.

Mid century DIY hairpin leg table breakfast bar. Perfect for modern kitchen decor. #homedecor #kitchendecor #diyhomedecor

I found The Hairpin Leg Co., online. They have a great range of hairpin legs, from little feet all the way up to tall bar legs. They also have an Amazon shop, with great reviews, so I ordered a set of legs in black. We have black accents in the kitchen, plus Eames style dining chairs with black supports, so it ties it all together nicely.Oak Breakfast bar with black hairpin legs and lab stool

What You Need to Make a Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs

  1. A length of worktop – Ours was the Hammarp Oak Worktop from IKEA. It was £120, but this was also enough to make a shelf, plus other off cuts of leftover wood. If you want curved corners, it is essential to have solid worktop: if you use one that is just coated with wood, the insides will show along the edges.
  2. A set of Hairpin Legs – Our legs are from The Hairpin Leg Co. at Amazon* costing £49 for four for the 86cm version. They come with little protective feet and the screws. They are really heavy and high quality, which is what you want when they are supporting a slab of solid oak! I chose the three bar version, in black, but they do loads of other colours, and two bar versions too.
  3. An offcut of work to make a support, and two brackets. 
  4. A pencil, tape measure and a screwdriver. 
Oak worktop section and hairpin legs to make a Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs

To be honest, I panicked a bit when I saw the worktop against the floor, as it looks so orange! I treated it with Danish Oil, which you can get from Amazon* or DIY shops, and I didn’t think it had changed the colour too much. But against the paler grey tone of the floor, it doesn’t look great. Fortunately, once it’s actually put up, it looks a lot better!

How To Make Your Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs

  1. Cut your worktop to size, sand and oil/varnish. Make sure you have enough clearance to walk around it easily. We also rounded the corners to make sure there was plenty of space, and also to echo the rounded corder we have in our kitchen units.
  2. Screw a baton wood into the wall to support the section of the breakfast bar that’s attached to the wall. Our kitchen fitter cut it from the leftover wood and screwed it in to the wall using rawl plugs, and added small brackets to screw into the counter top. Measure carefully, so that it is the same height as the top of your legs. Don’t forget to take into account the little feet they will stand on too!Wooden ledge for breakfast bar
  3. Hold the worktop in place and slide the legs under, to make sure you’re happy with the placement. This is definitely a two person job. One of you will need to hold the heavy worktop whilst the other marks where the screws will go with a pencil. Out carpenter thought two legs, one at each end would be enough. It would have been sturdy enough, but I wanted one in each corner, apart from the one with the bracket. I’m so glad we did! If you already have your stools, measure to make sure they will fit in between the legs, with enough clearance for elbows etc.
  4. Turn your breakfast bar upside down and screw in the legs. The pencil marks you made will give you a rough guide, but make sure you measure the same distance from each edge so they are all even.

    TIP: Make sure the base of the legs doesn’t stick out further than the edge of the breakfast bar – they are on a slight angle so you might keep tripping over them if you place them right in the corners of the worktop.

    Securing hairpin leg to the worktop for our Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs

  5. Flip the breakfast bar over again, and screw into the wall. Voila!Breakfast bar with hairpin legs and herringbone floor

Our Finished Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs

I’m so pleased with how our breakfast bar turned out, and I think it makes a unique addition to our kitchen.

I’m using the breakfast bar to work at more than our home office. It gets so hot up there in the summer, and it’s so much cooler sitting in a bigger room. It also means I have easy access to the kettle for an unlimited supply of tea!

Next, we will get another set of hairpin legs to make a matching bench for the dining table. We are using the old white IKEA TV bench temporarily, and Ava and Thea love sitting side by side at meal times. We have another offcut of wood already so it will be a quick and easy little project. Breakfast bar with pink tableware and black hairpin legs

What To Do With The Leftover Hairpin Leg?

As we only used three out of the four hairpin legs for our breakfast bar, we have one left over. So what shall we do with it? I think we could make a small lean-to table, possibly in the corner of the dining area. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them, please leave me a comment!

Why not save this guide to how to make a Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs Pinterest for later?Step by step tutorial about how to make a Mid Century Inspired Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs, using worktop from IKEA and legs from The Hairpin Leg Co.

Oak Breakfast Bar with Hairpin Legs

15 Comments

  1. Rosie

    30th July 2017 at 11:10 am

    It looks so good! And making your own things is such a satisfying feeling. I’m in the process of making a couple of mid century inspired nightstands. I need to order the legs, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

    1. Becky Pink

      1st August 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Ooh they would look great on nightstands, I hope it all goes to plan! xx

  2. Offrs

    22nd July 2017 at 11:39 pm

    It looks absolutely fabulous and a amazing tutorial too, I want one now!! X #HomeEtc

  3. tinkertailoronlineAntonia

    19th July 2017 at 10:05 am

    Oh my! this is so clever! I would never have though to do something like this but you have really inspired me. Pinning away as we speak!

    1. Becky Pink

      19th July 2017 at 10:27 am

      Ah thanks so much, I’m so pleased to have inspired you! Do let me know if you make something, I’d love to see it! xx

  4. booandmaddie

    16th July 2017 at 4:03 pm

    It looks absolutely fabulous and a wonderful tutorial too, I want one now!! X #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      17th July 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Ah thanks so much – it’s my favourite place to sit now xx

  5. Philippa at The Maker Place

    13th July 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This looks so fantastic – what a great idea and so much better than just buying a bar table. I also love your floor! Would you mind sharing where it’s from as we’re just about to redo our kitchen and I’m coveting a herringbone floor! 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      17th July 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much Philippa. We got our flooring from a local supplier called Jamie’s Carpets, in Milton Keynes (they are on Facebook if you happen to live nearby!) I am not sure of the name of it though. It’s roll vinyl so much cheaper than the real thing, but looks really authentic, even close up, in my opinion xx

  6. Stephanie ReadsWell

    12th July 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Such a great job. It is giving a stunning look to the room. Enjoyed this post completely 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      12th July 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks so much Stephanie xx

  7. Catherine

    12th July 2017 at 1:30 pm

    What a brilliant project, it looks so professional and fits perfectly with the room. Great tip about measuring your stools too, that’s exactly the kind of thing I’d completely fail to think about! #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      12th July 2017 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks so much Catherine, yes I have fallen foul of measuring mishaps in the past (normally forgetting to allow for the skirting board!) so I am extra cautious now! xx

  8. Innocent Charms Chats

    12th July 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Every time I see your breakfast bar I love it a little more

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