Most authentic vintage hairpin legs are made of raw steel. But today's furniture tends to have more options — many pieces have hairpin legs with brushed stainless steel, colorful powder-coated or chrome-plated finishes.
Hairpin legs come in a variety of heights, usually about 4 to 28 inches, making them appropriate for everything from a daybed to a drink table.
Three-rod hairpin legs tend to be sturdier than the standard two-rod hairpin leg, making them better suited for pieces like desks and dining tables.
If you're feeling especially hands-on, consider using hairpin legs for a DIY bathroom vanity, like in this image. This pair of vessel sinks looks especially smashing on the hairpin-legged console.