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Could you use a step up now and then? Why not DIY a step stool for your home? This simple wooden step stool plan includes a free printable pattern and easy to follow instructions.

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Everyone could use a step stool somewhere in their home! From the top shelf in the pantry to the cabinets above your washer and dryer, there always seems to be a spot where you need just a little bit of help getting to. This easy DIY step stool is the perfect project to tackle. You only need a few supplies, an afternoon and a little bit of DIY know how to get it done, too. Let’s get started!

Easy DIY step stool woodworking plans free

Wooden Step Stool Tutorial

This project is an easy one to tackle one afternoon or over the weekend. With just a few wood cuts, some stain and paint, and a little bit of assembly, you’ll have a cute stool in no time at all!

For this project you will need:

DIY step stool wood cuts before paint
  • 2×6 board cut into three 15-inch pieces
  • 1×2 board cut into five 13-inch pieces
  • two 24-inch x 15-inch pieces plywood
  • sander
  • sandpaper
  • table saw
  • miter saw
  • jig saw
  • nail gun
  • 2-inch brad nails
  • white paint
  • wood stain
  • foam paint brushes
  • rag
  • wood glue
  • painter’s putty, paintable caulk or wood filler

*Remember when using power tools, follow all safety precautions, wear protective eyewear and use common sense. Build at your own risk.

Step #1: Cut out both sides of your stool using the plywood pieces.

DIY step stool wood cuts pattern guide printable

First, you will cut your two pieces of plywood using the measurements below. Note: This drawing is not drawn to scale! It’s just to give you an idea. You can also download a pattern for the curve on the bottom of each side of the stool here. Print it out, cut out the pattern and trace it onto your wood. Then you will use a jig saw to cut out that part.

Step #2: Sand, stain and paint your wood pieces.

Next, you will sand your wood with a hand sander and medium grit sandpaper. Pay special attention to the edges and the ends of each piece. I thought it would be easier to paint and stain my wood piece before I assembled my stool. You might want to try this as well. Let all your pieces dry completely. Now it’s time for the fun part ~ assembly!

parts to diy step stool sanded painted preassembly

Step #3: Assemble your step stool.

The Technique

Wood glue is what will really be holding your stool together, so before nailing on each piece be sure to apply a thin line of wood glue to each one first.

wood glue attach diy step stool pieces

Then pop in at least two nails with your nail gun. The nails will hold it in place until the glue is nice and dry in about 24 hours or so.

nail gun step stool frame assembly

The Order

First, attach the two support pieces in the back of your stool. Note: The piece you see in the front of the stool in this picture is not being nailed into that spot. It’s just helping hold that space. Also, to prevent our stool from getting too scratched up during assembly, we are using a folded up camp table underneath. You could also use a piece of cardboard or something similar.

frame diy step stool

Next, you will attach your steps using the same method. Put a small strip of wood glue and then a couple of nails with the nail gun on each side of each step.

Repeat the same method for each of the three steps.

The last thing to do to is to add the support pieces underneath each step. Don’t forget the wood glue before you do any nailing. Place one of these pieces underneath each step and nail it into place.

Now your stool is fully assembled! Can you see my farmhouse bench in the background? I still love it so much. You can see how to make one right here. I recently stained the top a deep mahogany and I love it even more! Anyways, back to the step stool. You have one more step to go!

diy step stool final

Step #4: Fill in any nail holes and touch up paint.

Next, you’ll want to fill in any nail holes you don’t want showing on your finished stool. The nail holes in the steps were barely noticeable in mine, so I didn’t worry too much about them. On the side of the stool (you can see in the picture above) there were quite a few nail holes.

You can fill these holes in with wood filler, painter’s putty (below) or paintable caulk. I chose to use paintable caulk. The main reason I did this was that, in 20 minutes, you could paint right over it. With the painter’s putty, you would have to wait 24 hours. I didn’t have time for that!

nail filler final step diy step stool tutorial

After you fill in your holes, let whatever you use dry and then touch up the paint. All done!

Not bad for one afternoon of work! I love this little stool. I plan to use it in my pantry. I was thinking of using it as part of my holiday décor, too though. Wouldn’t it look cute with some pumpkins sitting on it or maybe even a little scarecrow sitting on top?

Let me know what you would use this stool for in the comments below. If you do decide to tackle this project, let me know that as well! I’d love to hear how it goes.

For even more easy DIY projects check out this DIY blanket ladder, DIY bookshelf and these DIY cedar window boxes. I just planted fall mums in my window boxes, and they look amazing! Don’t be afraid to tackle a DIY project in your home. If I can do it, I know you can, too! Happy building!

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Ginger Bowie

Ginger Bowie is the blogger behind Ginger Snap Crafts. Ginger loves sharing her crafty ideas, latest DIY projects, yummy recipes, organization tips, kids crafts and more with her readers. Ginger is the wife to one amazing guy & mom to 5 wild & crazy kiddos that range in age from 6 to 19. Her family loves calling Northwest Arkansas home. She has a crazy & busy life, and she wouldn’t change a thing. Ginger Snap Crafts is a place that she hopes inspires others to create along with her! If she can do it, she knows you can, too!

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