Simple Wooden Storage Footstool

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We have a small little footstool by the chairs in our family room that my mother-in-law brought over for the kids to use, but the grown-ups (me) kind of got used to using it. So, I had to build an extra plush one for me.

Cut List:

1x12 - 4 pieces cut 16"
2x2 - 4 pieces cut 11"

16"x14.5" Lauan or plywood for the bottom inside box

17.5"x16" MDF of plywood for the top (you can make yours larger to hang over a bit)

4 small wheel or feet

Attach the 1x12 to the 2x2 on each end, keeping them flush on the top end.  Build two of these.

Attach the side walls to the first side, then add the other side.

Turn the box upside down and add the bottom of the box.

The yellow spots are where the 2x2s are located.  Attach your feet or wheels here.  I added wheels to mine and I love it!

I added a couple of cross support pieces to hold the top in place, but later found out the fabric does most of the work.  You can add a second piece going the other direction if you are worried about any movement.
Here is the rough box.  I added a layer of burlap around mine.
I used a couple of old throw pillows on the top and added a neutral duck cloth. 
You can also use the trick of the mattress pad like I did on the bar stools.

Thank you for checking out this simple project. Be sure to check out the other projects here.


  1. I've got to get to a lumber yard. I've been wanting to make this, you made a really good tut, and I owe my sister a wine rack for her gone-by b-day Before the snow flies, well it may fly tomorrow but before it stays.

  2. @Janet Yay for lumber yard trips :) This footstool was so easy to make. Good luck on your projects.

  3. Wow, can't believe you made this! It is so function & great looking! Fantastic job! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share! Happy to have you!

  4. This is pretty darn amazing! I featured your footstool today on Sew Woodsy

  5. I love that you thought ahead and planned to recess the bottom so you wouldn't see it from the sides! I guess that's covered up with fabric anyway but that is one of those things that people often forget. Me include! :-D What can I say?
    Great work girl!

  6. Great job! Love the burlap.