The Unconventional Guide to Peter Meier, Inc.

pmilogoPeter Meier, Inc. is a supplier of designer and utilitarian furniture legs, table legs, casters, and cabinet levelers. Do you need a desk height leg that folds under the table top for easy storage? Done. Do you need an attractive, yet heavy duty furniture leg for your entertainment center? Done. Do you need stainless steel table bases for your outdoor café? Done. Peter Meier, Inc. has you covered for support legs for glass, wood, laminate, or granite table tops and furniture feet for all anything from a tv stand to a sofa. From stylish, Italian designed table legs to industrial furniture feet, Peter Meier has been supplying commercial and residential customers with table and furniture supports for 25 years. Their superior quality and attention to design has made them an industry leader.

Peter Meier, Inc. (PMI) is not just a table and furniture support company. Their catalog of products extends from kitchen organization to closet accessories. The quality that PMI is well known for in their table legs and furniture feet is also represented in the rest of their catalogue of products. All natural wicker baskets for storage and organization, VASA drawer slides, and natural wood lazy susans are just a few of the vast catalog of high quality household accessories that are available from PMI. PMI can even help you with hard to find hardware pieces such as shelf supports, cam locks, and hanging brackets without requiring you to purchase an entire box of 50 or 100.

How To Install Wood Table and Furniture Legs

P634_27_116How to install a wood table leg/furniture leg is not very different from installing a metal table leg/furniture leg. The primary difference in many cases is that the wood table leg/furniture leg will not be pre-drilled for installation on a mounting plate or threaded bolt. This is not always the case, but does occur frequently. This gives you more freedom for how to install a wood table leg/furniture leg on a mounting plate or threaded bolt of non-standard size. If you have experience in woodworking and feel comfortable drilling your own hole in the wood table leg/furniture leg, I say go ahead as this will save you time and money. If your only experience with woodworking is assembling an IKEA bookcase (and even that didn’t go well) I say save yourself missing fingers and a trip to the hospital and contact a reputable carpenter or other experienced woodworker in your area. For such a small task, I’m sure the carpenter would appreciate if you brought the wood table legs or furniture legs to their shop rather than having them make a trip to your home. You’ll also save some money not having to pay for a home visit.

If your wood table leg/furniture leg will be installed on furniture that does not already have its own mounting plate or threaded bolt for installation, I would recommend going with an M10 thread. This is the standard bolt size for table legs/furniture legs and will save you a headache in the future if you decide to switch to metal table legs/furniture legs or swap out wood table legs/furniture legs. Now that your hole is drilled in the wood table legs/furniture legs and you have your M10 (or other size) mounting plate or threaded bolt, you can continue with your installation. Screw your mounting plate or threaded bolt to the underside of your table or other furniture. I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you to flip your furniture upside down to make this easier. If you’re just now flipping your furniture over, no problem (I didn’t see a thing). Continuing with your installation we reach the last step where you will screw your table legs/furniture legs onto their respective mounting plates or threaded bolts. Make sure the table legs/furniture legs are secure, but do not over tighten them. You don’t want the wood to split. Your table leg/furniture leg installation is now complete. I don’t have to tell you this, but for the sake of my own conscience I’ll advise you to now flip your furniture over onto its new legs before using it. Using your furniture upside down negates all the hard work you put into installing your table legs/furniture legs. I’ll end these installation instructions the same way Pop Tarts instructions are written. Cool briefly before handling. I know it doesn’t make sense, but I don’t care. It’s Christmas. If you’re reading this in April, this really makes no sense. Why am I still writing this? Enjoy your new legs. Cool briefly.

Sedona Furniture Legs: The Prettier Cousins of the Como Leg

Sedona Furniture Legs by Camar are attractive, strong furniture legs that complement varied furniture styles and provide ample support for seating. Remember when I told you in the Como Furniture Leg blog that the Sedona Furniture Legs are its prettier cousins? You haven’t read it? Go read it now. I’ll wait. This is a blog for Pete’s sake; where am I gonna go? Good, you’re back. Now as I was saying, Sedona Furniture Legs are the prettier cousins of the Como. When the look of your furniture leg is top priority (and you’re not trying to support elephants) then the Sedona Furniture Legs are what you need. The Sedona Furniture Legs come in 8 striking styles. I defy you to not like any of them. Strong words, but I stand by them. All of the legs come in an Aluminum Matte Finish and you can choose either a 4” or 6” height. Or choose both heights. I’m not here to judge.

While the Sedona Furniture Legs may not have the awesome weight capacity of their cousin Como, they still support a very respectable 200 lbs. per leg. Four of these legs on your sofa would easily support Aunt Bertha and Uncle Roscoe when they come over for the holidays. You don’t want them breaking another set of sofa legs. Even your snooty cousin will think the Sedona Furniture Legs are very chic (though she’ll inevitably question your judgment on the sofa). Were you wondering how the Sedona Furniture Legs will install on your furniture? I’m glad you asked because Camar has done a beautiful thing. Not only will you receive a square mounting plate with each leg, you will also receive an M10 threaded stem that can screw into your sofa in the same location as the furniture legs that Aunt Bertha and Uncle Roscoe broke. The Sedona Legs won’t succumb to their awesome poundage nearly as easily as those other furniture legs. No offense to Aunt Bertha and Uncle Roscoe.

Coffee Table Legs: The Middle Child of Furniture Legs

5600300_Applicationpicture.1Coffee table legs fill in the gray area in table heights between tall table legs and short furniture legs. Coffee table legs are normally somewhere within the range of 14” – 16” tall. Most legs today are either furniture legs between 4” – 10” or table legs at about 28” tall, counter height legs at 34” tall, or bar height legs at 40” tall. In some cases, but not all, a table leg can be cut down to the coffee table height; but that entails an additional cost and lead time for customization. Short furniture legs for sofas and ottomans obviously cannot be stretched to meet coffee table leg height requirements. And what about styles? Some of the more interesting designs are made exclusively for furniture legs or table legs that cannot be modified. So what is one to do? Fortunately, a wider range of designs is now becoming more readily available for coffee table legs. Tapered wavy legs and coffee table legs that cradle your coffee table top are just a couple of the designs that are now available. Coffee table legs are not limited to steel or aluminum either. Decorative solid wood legs are also available in a coffee table leg height and can even be stained to match or contrast your coffee table top.

Some of you may be wondering about height adjustable coffee table legs. You’re in luck. Height adjustable table legs can be custom modified for a coffee table height with upward adjustment of +4” or +6”. This is particularly useful if you want to use your coffee table for eating, craft work, or studying, and you want the added height for greater comfort. The height adjustable option for coffee table legs is only available on metal table legs, but a wide array of attractive finishes will complement any décor.

Como Furniture Leg: The Incredible Hulk of Furniture Legs

The Como Furniture Leg by Camar is a tough, heavy duty furniture leg in a small package. If you are looking for a decorative furniture leg, this is not it. Do you want something that will match the intricate design of your Italian armoire that was imported from Tuscany? Then skip over the Como Furniture Leg. Now if you want a behemoth that can support a 2000 lbs. cabinet, the Como Furniture Leg by Camar is perfect for you. This furniture leg is the epitome of basic in its design, but the amount of weight it can support is anything but. Each leg can support 600 lbs. of weight. Whatever you throw at the Como Furniture Legs they can take. Some of the more decorative furniture legs will only support 150 lbs. per leg or less. Frankly, I like overkill on my furniture. Installing four of these suckers on an ottoman is beyond overkill, but they are solid, sturdy, and the only furniture leg you will need.

Yes, the Como Furniture Leg isn’t as sexy as its Sedona Furniture Leg by Camar cousins, but who says looks are everything. Ok, maybe looks are a little something. Camar is an Italian company after all. That’s why Camar, in their infinite wisdom, decided that instead of making these just a raw steel, industrial leg, the Como Furniture Legs would be fabricated in an array of finishes. You may not match a particular design, but you can get an attractive finish on the superhuman Como Furniture Legs. The furniture legs are also adjustable up to 1-1/8” beyond their standard 4”, 6”, 8”, or 10” base height. So adjustable, reasonably attractive, and strong beyond belief…what more could you ask for? Don’t say a gold plated version. That’d really be overkill.

Camar Como Furniture Legs

The Como leg produced by Camar is a stout, simple design that can be used on almost any furniture project.  Such a simple constitution results in two things that furniture fabricators love – a low cost and a hefty weight capacity.  This leg is perfectly suited for chairs, sofas, chests, and garage or kitchen cabinets.  The Camar Como leg is one of our best-selling furniture foot options and it isn’t very difficult to see why…

CamarColorsThe Como leg is a 2″ diameter steel column with an ABS plastic leveler at the bottom for 1″ adjustment and a 3-1/8″ square steel mounting plate at the top.  The mounting plate has a 7/8″ long M10 thread welded in the middle which attaches to the female end at the top of the leg itself.  The installation of the leg is as easy as you might have guessed – mark holes for the mounting plate, pre-drill said holes, attach the mounting plate, and screw the leg onto the threaded stem.  Ideally you’ll have wood blocking on the bottom of the furniture or cabinet that is at least as large as the mounting plate itself.  If you do not, you’ll want to make certain that you are able to mount a screw in at least three of the four screw holes.  If all else fails, add blocking to the piece you’re working on for a good, sound installation.  When properly installed, the Camar Como leg will have up to a 600lbs weight capacity per leg.

The Como leg is available in 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″ heights and in five finishes: Flat Black, Glossy Black, Alumina, Polished Chrome, and Brushed Steel.  Keep in mind that the foot has a 1″ leveler at the bottom, so if you’re aiming for a 5″ height, purchase the 4″ leg and adjust up from there (and so on…).  If you’re married to a very specific height that cannot be reached with the height adjustment via the leveler, i.e. you’re using these for cabinets attached to an existing countertop or cabinets mounted to a wall, consider using wood blocking or shims between the furniture and the mounting plate to help you achieve the desired height.  The Flat Black finish is a textured “orange peel” finish.  Glossy Black is the shiny, smooth version of this same finish.  Between the two, the Flat Black is a more sensible option since, being on the floor, the foot is bound to be scuffed or nicked over time and the matte finish is easier to touch up with black paint.  The Alumina is a unique finish that has vertical ribs running from the top of the leg to the bottom – the actual finish, in person, looks more like a light grey finish.  The Polished Chrome and Brushed Steel are the metallic finishes and look like a US26D and US32D, respectively.  These two finishes are a great way to tie-in a piece of furniture with existing polished chrome or brushed steel hardware that is commonly used in kitchens, bathrooms, and dining rooms.

Camar-furniture-legIf you’re looking for a first-hand account of the functionality of these legs, look no further.  A few years back I was helping a friend move into an apartment in downtown Baltimore.  A rowhome in Baltimore typically means early 1900’s construction and the doors and windows are rather unforgiving when it comes to big, contemporary furniture pieces.  So there we were, in the middle of the street in the freezing Baltimore January cold, with a couch that would not go through the front door or the first story window.  After the obligatory ten minutes of pushing, cramming, shoving, and sweating, I had an epiphany.  I chopped the wooden legs off of the sofa and told my friend that I’d come back the following day with legs that I could attach after we passed the sofa through the window.  Off with the legs, in with the couch, and out of the cold I went.  When we moved my friend back out, it was as simple as untwisting the leg, moving the couch, and re-attaching the legs once inside the new apartment.

There is nothing particularly flashy or gimmicky about the leg – no designer styling here.  The Como is just a strong, substantial leg that neither adds to nor takes away from the furniture composition, making it suitable for any chair, sofa, or cabinet application with a 4 to 10 inch rise.  Add in a few fashionable finishes and this leg truly is suitable to be used anytime, anywhere.  If you have any questions about your particular project, about the Como leg, or about any other item on our website, please do not hesitate to call or write.