Parsons Leg

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Combine hand-welded natural steel Parsons table legs with the wood top of your choice to create your own personalized desk or workspace. Each set includes four desk legs. Please note: overall height may vary slightly depending on the top material you select.

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Parsons Leg

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Parsons Leg 72x36 Table
 
4.5

(based on 20 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great design (15)
  • Quality construction (15)
  • Durable finish (11)
  • Easy to clean (8)
  • Good price / value (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Desk (12)
    • Work table (5)
    • Formal dining (4)
    • Writing desk (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Modern/contemporary (11), Eclectic (6), Classic/traditional (3)

    Reviewed by 20 customers

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    4.0

    Solid, but pale

    By Mad for Cherrywood

    from Eugene, OR

    Style Craftsman Asian, Modern/contemporary

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable finish
    • Good Surface Area
    • Quality construction

    Cons

    • Wood Color Pale So Far

    Best Uses

    • Desktop computer
    • Smaller Offices
    • Writing desk

    Customer comments about Parsons Leg 72x36 Table:

    No complaints about the workmanship of the top, which seems well constructed. The solid cherry wood has decent figuring and character, but after 6 weeks the color is still paler than the very best quality cherry would be. Perhaps it will richen with time although it hasn't changed noticeably so far. The finish seems durable, repels water and smudges, and looks good. The necessity for lateral support braces on the underside of the top is understandable but unfortunate because most rolling file drawer units will not fit underneath.

    The Parsons legs look good and are sturdy enough for my application, although they might not be for everyone -- they screw directly into the wood, and at just 3/4" or so long, the screws would likely be easily stripped with too much side-loading.

    Service and delivery comments:

    The poor delivery guy's partner ran out on him the day before he was to make half a dozen deliveries scattered over hundreds of miles. Nevertheless, he was cheerful and had a "get 'er done" attitude. He claimed that R & B is a great company to work for.

    • I live in a:
    • House
    • This product is used in my:
    • Home office, Primary bedroom

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    2.0

    Quality Not What It Used To Be

    By Longtime R&B Customer

    from Denver, CO

    Pros

    • Good Quality Steel Legs

    Cons

    • Poor finish
    • Poor quality
    • Poor Quality Wood Top

    Best Uses

    • Desktop computer
    • Larger Offices

    Customer comments about Parsons Leg 60x36 Table:

    We have purchased a great deal of furniture from R&B over the years - including several other cherry butcher-block Parsons Tables.

    It would appear that, in the interim between our purchases, R&B has changed manufacturers or the manufacturing specifications of the cherry butcher-block table top.

    The previously purchased cherry butcher-block tables, desks, and returns were of higher quality than this latest purchase:

    The older tables have a thicker, glossy lacquer finish on them, a softer, round-over eased edge, required no external wood stiffeners, and are made of full-length strips of cherry wood - no finger joints!

    In contrast, the new table has a thin, matte finish, fairly sharp edges that have been barely eased, cheesy external wood stiffeners, and is made from small bits of scrap cherry wood - none longer than 24" - that have been finger-jointed together. The finger joints are even visible when you look at the desk from the side.

    Also, the manufacturer's placement of the external wood stiffeners on the underside of the return, interfere with the placement of the connector plate used to connect it to other Parsons tables, e.g. to form an L-shape.

    This new table top appears for be manufactuered by American Woods, Inc. and is clearly of inferior quality to the butcher-block tables we have purchased from R&B over the years.

    I didn't notice if the price R&B charges for this new table is much less than the old design - but it should be!

    I hope this drop in quality, for this one product, is not indicative of changes across the entire R&B product line, as that might make this our last purchase from R&B.

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    • This product is used in my:
    • Home office

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    4.0

    Straightforward and very competent

    By Function, but form too

    from Washington, DC

    Style Eclectic

    Pros

    • Good Surface Area
    • Great design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Homework
      • Laptop
      • Writing desk

      Customer comments about Parsons Leg 60x36 Table:

      It would be awesome if you got to choose the length of the legs. I sometimes wish my desk was an inch or two shorter.

      However, it is a great, straightforward desk. Because there are no drawers underneath, I can sit however I like. I also enjoyed ordering a custom return (24" square, left side) to fit my space and work habits.

      I have the cherry butcher-block top. After 3/4 year of intensive use, I have started wearing some areas of the finish more smooth than others (you can only tell by touch), and have made some superficial scratches in it. However, because the desk is so simple, I know that if I ever choose to refinish it, that won't be difficult at all.

      • I live in a:
      • Townhouse
      • This product is used in my:
      • Home office

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      5.0

      great home office desk

      By couch potato

      from San Francisco, CA

      Style Modern/contemporary

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Surface Area
      • Great design
      • Quality construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Laptop
        • Smaller Offices
        • Writing desk

        Customer comments about Parsons Leg 48x30 Table:

        I love the sleek design and the large surface area. Perfect for my home office.

        • I live in a:
        • Apartment/condo
        • This product is used in my:
        • Home office

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        5.0

        Fantastic quality, time and again

        By PT

        from Boston, MA

        Style Modern/contemporary

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Durable finish
        • Easy to clean
        • Great Design
        • Great service
        • Quality construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Desk
          • Work table

          Customer comments about Parsons Leg 60x36 Table:

          We use R&B parsons tables as desks and conference tables in our loft office space. Bought 6 60x36 and 6 24x48 nearly eight years ago to set up the space; just expanded and added several more. They're simple, durable, great quality, wear incredibly well (we can't tell the difference between old and new). And R&B's service - delivery and otherwise - has been exceptional. Thanks!

          • I live in a:
          • Loft
          • This product is used in my:
          • Office

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          3.0

          Good looking, but bracing unfortunate

          By rightangle

          from Minneapolis, MN

          Style Modern/contemporary

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Desk
              • Work table

              Customer comments about Parsons Leg 72x30 Table:

              I bought this work table because I really liked the no-nonsense simplcity of it's design. It has the perfect dimensions for my workspace needs and is minimalistic and well crafted. The cherry is a beautiful color. However having 3 clearly visible 1-1/2" by 2" wood reinforcemet bands screw-mounted nearly the full length, width-wise, on the underside of the desktop kills a lot of the intended simplcity of this design. (I should mention that these are not visble at all in the catalouge images.) These also limit where my chair can be pushed in because they bump into the armrests, incredibly. I know these are in place to prevent warping of the desktop, but this reads as an ad-hoc fix to poorly joined wood. At least if preventive reinforcing was necessary after joining it could have been done with flush mounted--or nearly flush mounted--steel. What's the point of having a simple desk design with clean lines if you're going to attach blocks of wood to it? And the chair interference is a bit maddening. Alas, it's not perfect, but it will do for now.

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              • Home office

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              5.0

              The perfect worktable

              By Serafina

              from Minneapolis, MN

              Style Eclectic

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Design
              • Quality construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Desk
                • Work table

                Customer comments about Parsons Leg 72x36 Table:

                I chose these legs and a solid oak table top for my main work desk and have loved it even more than expected. The top is beautiful enough that I don't want to leave a cluttered desk at the end of the day, and it's big enough for my small work group to gather around effectively when we work together. It's far more functional than I expected. And it looks great, too.

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                4.0

                Quality Pieces

                By Design on the Cheap

                from Los Angeles, CA

                Style Minimalist, Modern/contemporary

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Affordable
                • Durable finish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Desk

                  Customer comments about Parsons Leg 72x36 Table:

                  I scoured the internet for durable and high quality table legs for my office table. R&B had the best deal as well as the best return policy if I changed my mind (but I also live near their distribution center, which has free returns). These legs plus a cheap maple butcher block top from another retailer, and I have something that looks like it's from R&B, but for a fraction of the price.

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                  • This product is used in my:
                  • Home office

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                  5.0

                  Gorgeous

                  By A step up

                  from Springfield, IL

                  Style Classic/traditional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable finish
                  • Great Design
                  • Quality construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Desk

                    Customer comments about Parsons Leg 72x36 Table:

                    We bought this desk along with a rolling cabinet and nightstands- all in maple. We could not be happier. Gorgeous, classic, high quality furniture. We look forward to purchasing the matching dresser in the future.

                    • I live in a:
                    • House
                    • This product is used in my:
                    • Primary bedroom

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                    5.0

                    Elegant desk

                    By Writer with home office

                    from New York, NY

                    Style Eclectic

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable finish
                    • Easy to clean
                    • Great Design
                    • Quality construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Desk

                      Customer comments about Parsons Leg 72x36 Table:

                      I paired the Parsons legs with a cherry butcher block top, which makes a beautiful desk. It looks light and elegant, and even though it is quite large, it doesn't look massive, which was important in an office/bedroom combined space.

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                      • Apartment/condo
                      • This product is used in my:
                      • Home office, Primary bedroom

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                      • Parsons Leg 60x36 Table

                        Q:

                        Can I add a drawer to an older L shaped cherry desk?
                        Asked on 3/5/2014 by momgold from minnetonka MN

                        1 answer

                      • Parsons Leg 72x30 Table

                        Q:

                        Are there several 1-1/2" x 2" wood reinforcements screw-mounted to the underside of the cherry butcherblock desktop?

                        The fourth review, by rightangle, states:

                        "...The cherry is a beautiful color. However having 3 clearly visible 1-1/2" by 2" wood reinforcement bands screw-mounted nearly the full length, width-wise, on the underside of the desktop kills a lot of the intended simplicity of this design...."

                        Since rightangle doesn't state which cherry top s/he has, I am wondering if this undocumented feature is present to reinforce the solid cherry top only, since it may be subject to warp over time vs. glue-lam construction of the cherry butcherblock top, or are the reinforcements present on both the solid cherry and cherry butcherblock tops?
                        Asked on 1/10/2014 by Rocky from Los Altos, CA

                        1 answer

                        • Employee Review

                          A:

                          The wood supports are attached during the manufacturing process and left on for transport. For our bases that are legs only (instead of a freestanding base), we opt to leave the supports on for added reinforcement. The table top is not expected to warp or crack once it has cured, therefore the supports can be removed without compromising the structural integrity of the top.

                          Answered on 1/14/2014 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                      • Parsons Leg 72x36 Table

                        Q:

                        Can you get the legs in different heights? E.g., 31 or 32 inches in height?
                        Asked on 1/5/2014 by No name

                        1 answer

                        • Employee Review

                          A:

                          It is possible, through a special order placed over the phone, to custom order the height of your Parsons table legs.

                          Answered on 1/7/2014 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                      • Parsons Leg 60x36 Table

                        Q:

                        Are the legs fully removable on this desk / table? I have a narrow door opening in my home office to fit it in assembled. Thanks!
                        Asked on 12/15/2013 by Office Fan from Boston, MA

                        1 answer

                        • Employee Review

                          A:

                          The steel plates at the top of each leg screw into the wood top and are fully removable, so moving the piece into your home is possible.

                          Answered on 12/16/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                      • Parsons Leg 48x30 Table

                        Q:

                        What is the thickness of the table top and how much of a lip exists from the edge of the top to any supports that exist under the top? I need to mount a clamp style telescopining monitor stand and require a minimum of a 2.5 in. lip.
                        Asked on 11/2/2013 by Stephanie

                        1 answer

                        • Employee Review

                          A:

                          The wood table tops are 1.25" thick. The legs are attached 3" in from the edge of the table top.

                          Answered on 11/4/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                      • Parsons Leg 60x24 Table

                        Q:

                        If I wanted to buy this desk now and add on a return later, or separately, so as to make an L-shaped desk, would that be possible?
                        Asked on 10/29/2013 by Priya from New York, NY

                        2 answers

                        • Employee Review

                          A:

                          Yes. You may order the return separately by contacting us at 800.486.6554. We will make certain the necessary hardware is included in your order. Our delivery drivers, as part of our white glove service, will install it for you.

                          Answered on 10/29/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
                        • Employee Review

                          A:

                          Y

                          Answered on 10/29/2013 by Design Associate from Room & Board
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