Three Ways to Use the Floyd Leg
The Floyd Leg can adapt to your space. Here are the ways we use it again and again.
1. A salvaged marble slab makes for a durable coffee table surface. / 2. An entry bench is always useful as a drop zone. / 3. The Floyd Legs are perfect for constructing a side table that's exactly the right size.
The Floyd Leg was the first product we ever designed, but it remains one of the most versatile.
All you need to create a functional piece for your home is something solid for a surface. And, if you get bored, you can always switch up your Legs to make something new. Over the years, we’ve seen the Leg serve many purposes, but we wanted to break down how to create a few of the most popular iterations.
The Floyd Leg is perfect for coffee tables, because its versatility means you can create a suitable new table for your living room every time you move.
When constructing your coffee table, think about the scale of your space. If you have a lot of floor room, you can use a large square surface (we love recycling old marble slabs for this) to create a table that suits the scale of your large, airy room!
For a narrow space, create a long and skinny table that draws the eye into the room and doesn’t block your traffic patterns. A round coffee table can contrast with boxier furniture, and if you want to get really creative you can cut a piece of plywood into a curvy shape that is one of a kind!
The humble shelf is an evergreen item, and we think it’s an underrated piece of furniture. We love to use the Leg to construct a low-slung stand for plants, an eye catching bookshelf and ledge for art, or a spot for a record player and a record collection.
It also works well in an entryway as a drop zone for shoes and keys. Be sure to choose a thick, rigid surface — the width means you’ll want to avoid a material that will bow in the center over time. For wider benches, try to place your Legs a bit in from the outer edge, which will help ensure a stable surface as well.
A side table is a critical piece of furniture. Where else can you put your water glass, your reading material, and all the other ephemera that you need close at hand? Yes, there’s the coffee table, but sometimes you need a space even closer to your favorite sofa seat.
To create a side table, we recommend choosing a durable surface that won’t stain from a glass left too long that’s large enough to hold a lamp with some space to spare. Square side tables are classic, of course, and a large square surface can create a mid-century vibe that’s fun with a couple of low-slung sofas.
A rectangular shape can fill a smaller space, and a circular or oval surface creates some visual interest next to boxy seating. Try painting your surface a bright color for a low-commitment way to try out a bold shade.