It all began with awful green carpet. Matt pulled it up and went to work crafting a DIY plywood floor. With the leftover strips, he fashioned a hairpin leg desk as an anniversary gift for his wife.
Working on various projects, he couldn’t seem to find the right hairpin legs. So he decided to make his own in his garage. The more he built and connected with other makers, the more he saw potential in a company that could offer various sizes and finishes. Could he be on to something?
“What’s a hairpin leg?”
Matt took the idea to his friend Elton, who shared Matt’s love for new ventures. As Matt talked about bending steel into V shapes and welding them onto metal plates, Elton tried to picture what a hairpin leg was. He didn’t know what they were and, admittedly, even thought them a little ugly at first.
But he liked the idea of helping people create their own furniture. And he wanted to test a startup framework intended for software companies, to see if it would translate to steel. The two teamed up, and DIY Hairpin Legs was born.
From the backyard to the scrapyard
In 2016, things began to fall into place. Orders were trickling in, and DIY Hairpin Legs secured a small amount of capital to help get things started. Renting a 5,000-square-foot bay in the back of a metal scrapyard, Matt and Elton started building out their business and team. In many ways, it felt like, “We have customers now. We have employees now. How do we make this work?”
“It means more when you make it.” — Elton Rivas, Cofounder
Built to last
Fast forward to today, and it’s been a wild ride. From breaking the supply chain many times to scrambling to fill orders when a vendor went belly up, DIY Hairpin Legs has emerged better and stronger for it.
Today, we’re operating out of three main locations. We’re proud to help people pursue their passion, and turn their craft into careers.
Seattle, WA - Go-to-market team
Minden, NV - Production & fulfillment
Wausau, WI - Production & fulfillment
We’ve lived our lives by a simple question, one that has transcended to how we approach our work: “What is the loving thing to do?”
To us, “loving” means genuine, authentic, direct, and respectful. It’s telling the truth, and building a culture of joy while forging lasting relationships. Loving is investing in quality products that are made to use over and over again. For us, it’s all about hard work, and how that work translates to adding meaning to people’s lives.