DIY Footstool

When we are at the lake, we love to relax on the deck in rocking chairs or on the dock in Adirondack chairs. My preferred way to relax is with my feet up, so for this month’s summer themed Power Tool Challenge, I built two DIY footstools that we can use either on the deck or dock.

Instead of designing my own footstool, I followed these plans from Ana White.  This is the second time that I’ve followed woodworking plans, last month I followed these to make a DIY 2×4 Bench, and slowly but surely, I’m starting to understand woodworking lingo.

I’m thrilled with my DIY Footstools and look forward to using them all summer.


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Making these two footstools was relatively easy and only took a few hours.  Finishing them with stain and several coats of polyurethane took longer than the construction.  Let’s look at the “how to”.



(List is for one stool.  Some links are affiliate.)

1 (1 x 10) pine board

1 (1 x 3) pine board

1 5/8” exterior deck screws

1 1/4” pocket hole screws

Kreg Jig

Wood Glue

Woodworking Square

Tape Measure

2 cup pulls or any drawer pull (optional)

Compound Miter Saw

Band Saw


Palm Sander

Wood Stain

Tack Cloth


Footstool Supplies I made two footstools, so note that I have double the wood needed and four cup pulls.



1.  Square off the end of a 1 x 10 and cut a 16” piece to form the top of the footstool.

2.  The two end pieces are cut at 7 1/2” (edge to edge) with parallel 5 degree angles.

5 degree angle


Setting up a stop block jig ensures that each side piece will be 7 1/2”.  Note that the board is also marked at 7 1/2”

Sliding Compound Miter Saw Jig


After the first 7 1/2” piece was cut, flip the board to cut the other end at a 5 degree angle such that the edges have parallel 5 degree miters.

After cutting the top and bottom parallel 5 degree angles, the sides of the board are tapered, also at a 5 degree angle, from bottom to top (angles tapered so that the top is narrower than the bottom).  Note that the jig is now set to the width of the bottom edge for these tapered cuts.

5 degree angle for the sides


3.  Cut 2 – 13” pieces, also at a 5 degree angle (not parallel, but tapered to the top) for the side pieces.

4.  Notch the bottom of each side.  I measured in 2” on each side and three inches up and then connected the points with a pencil.  These lines were cut with the band saw.

Notches for the legs

Cutting notches with band saw


5.  Sand each piece.

Sand the pieces


6.  Connect the side pieces and end pieces.  These side pieces can either be attached vertically (w.r.t. the ground), or aligned with the edge.  I chose to align the sides with the tapered edge of the legs.  Start by marking points for screw holes 3/8” from the side and 1” down and 2 1/2” down – noting that there is a distinct outside and inside surface to these legs.  Countersink the screw holes on the outside of each side piece.

Drill holes to connect sides and ends


Apply glue to the end pieces and screw to the side pieces.

Glue and Screw


Screw the sides to the ends


7.  I wanted the screws to be hidden when I attached the top to the base, so I used my Kreg Jig to make 3/4” pocket holes that face upwards from the inside.

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

pocket holes


8.  Center the base of the footstool on the bottom side of the top and mark with a pencil on the inside.  Apply glue around the pencil line.

Top of the board ready to screw on


Put the base on the top upside down and screw into place.

Screw top to base

The footstool is now complete other than staining and attaching the cup pull handles on the sides.

DIY Wooden Footstool - Learn how to make your own!


Here it is, stained and protected with polyurethane, ready to be used at the lake.

DIY Wooden Footstool - Get the plans to make your own.


The stools were stained in Dark Walnut by Minwax.  After the stain dried, I sanded each stool, wiped the wood down with a tack cloth, and applied a coat of polyurethane. After the polyurethane dried, I went over each with fine steel wool to make the finish super smooth and then applied a final coat of polyurethane.  After the polyurethane dried, the cup handles were screwed into place.

How to Make a Wooden Footstool - Get the plans to make your own! -


At the end of the day, we will pull our Adirondack chairs to the end of the dock, prop our feet up on our footstools, and watch the sun go down.

DIY Wooden Footstools with DIY Adirondack Chairs The Adirondack chairs are another DIY project, you can see how we made them here.


This is one of the rockers that usually is on our deck, but since it folds, it’s easy to carry down to the dock.  Sitting in this rocker with my feet propped up is going to be pure heaven.

DIY Wooden Footstool


I’m really happy with this project and can’t wait to make something else to use at the lake.

DIY Wooden Footstool - Get the tutorial to make your own.


If you like this project, please pin it for others to discover.

DIY Wooden Footstool Tutorial - Learn how to make your own!

Now it’s time to see what my friends made for this month’s Power Tool Challenge.

Summer Power Tool Projects from the Power Tool Team Challenge Girls - These are projects that you can make!


Click on the links below to visit each project.

Frozen Treat Stand by My Love To Create

Red White And Blue Cornhole Game by Create And Babble

Drying Rack From Old Crib rail by The Kim Six Fix

Chair Spindle Wooden Garden Caddy by Interior Frugalista

Star Clothes Drying Rack by A Piece Of Rainbow

Farmhouse Bench Building Plans by Refresh Restyle

Vegetable Gathering Basket by Designs By Studio C

DIY Standing Towel Rack Tutorial by H2OBungalow

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase by Confessions of A Serial DIY’er

DIY Footstool by Virginia Sweet Pea

DIY Hose Hanger by My Repurposed Life


  1. These stools are darling, perfect for your lake house! I can imagine how nice mornings will be with a cup of coffee lounging with your feet propped up. Enjoy!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Wendi! I am hoping to enjoy many mornings and evenings with my feet up on those stools.


  2. I love your little footstools! I’m one that always likes to put my feet up when I rest, so of course this speaks to me.



    • Sweet Pea says:

      My mom and I were rocking in our rockers one day saying that we needed something to put our feet up on and that’s when the idea for this project was born.


  3. Your footstools are so cute!

  4. How adorable is that – his & her lakeside footstools! Ooooh, I could spend many hours relaxing with my feet up on your pier. Love the rustic look you gave them and the cup pull handles are perfect for function and looks. Nice job!

  5. Nice, Paula! I love the style of the footstools, the finish and especially the handles on either side! These are great!

  6. Those are great! I love the handles on the side! They look so great on your dock. All those images just make me so relaxed just looking at them!

  7. These are the cutest stools! And I love the handles on the sides! Use them in good health relaxing by the lake this summer!

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Jeanie! I hope that we’ve worn the finish off by the end of summer from propping our feet up on them.


  8. These are so pretty, Paula, and perfect for putting your feet up on at the lake! You are really going to enjoy that house this Summer! XO

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thanks, Christy! We were at the lake for two nights earlier this week and I didn’t want to leave!


  9. Paula, I’m with you – love putting my feet! But these are almost too pretty for that! Love the design!!

  10. Such cute little footstools! I love the finish, and they are perfect for putting your feet up!

  11. Great job on the footstools! They look great! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  12. so BEAUTIFUL!!! i love the hardware details, how creative! the form and finishing is gorgeous too! <3

  13. The stools are beautiful! I love the stain you used.

    • Sweet Pea says:

      Thank you, Bernice. I wasn’t sure about the stain at first but after applying the poly, I really like it.


  14. Richard says:

    Those stools are too pretty to put feet on.


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