Home has always been like a cozy den to relax and rewind. When you come home from a rusty day of work, nothing beats the feeling of sinking on the couch or a chair. A footstool provides extra comfort and space to stretch your legs away and relax in paradise. This small piece of furniture isnothing but a small stool designed for multiple uses. It can also help you reach the high cabinets and other spaces in the house. You can use it to sit, children can use it to stand for the desired height and brush their teeth or comb their hair, etc., on their own without any trouble peeping in the mirror with raised toes and heels. It can be used in your backyard as a handy stool to stack things or your daily reads like the newspaper, magazines, etc., or even a simple cup of coffee or a pitcher of tea. A footstool is easy to build and has diverse uses, moreover, it can be built in many designs and with different types of wood. For those with the love for wood designing, building one by yourself is easy and fun. Let us understand the footstool plans and their simple execution.
Wooden Footstool Plans
When making any kind of furniture, it is advisable that you have some knowledge about using the tools and a little insight of basic designing. Rest comes handy as you progress towards completion of the furniture.
Soft wood boards, one piece of dimension 1″× 8″×24″, another one of dimension 1″×4″×10″.
Flathead wood screws, 8 nos.
Varnish and Satin for finishing.
Tools like Pencil, ruler, driller, coping or jigsaw, handsaw, screwdriver and paintbrush.
Method to Make a Footstool
After you have gathered the required material, let us shift to the procedure in footstool plans.
Take the piece of softwood measuring 1″× 8″×24″. We will make the top of the footstool with this. Cut a piece 11¾” long.
Cut two pieces of 5¾” each, from the remaining piece of softwood. This will be used for the legs.
Now trim the piece with dimension 1″×4″×10″ down to 9¼”, this will be used for the stretcher.
Using a pencil, make a mark exactly half a distance between each leg. These marks will be the positions for the screws on the legs.
Make marks for the leg measurements as per the design you want for the footstool leg. The legdesign can be simple with angular cuts also.
In the same way make marks for the stretcher.
With a coping saw or jigsaw, cut the stretcher and the legs for the footstool.
Drill holes where you have made marks for the screws on the legs. Now through these holes make marks on the stretcher for the screws to be drilled from the legs to the stretcher. Make sure the holes are in the center of the stretcher width, so that the wood does not crack when drilling.
Now attach the stretcher and the legs with screws.
Make four points on the footstool top for fixing the legs to the top. Drill on the marks and use screws to attach firmly.
Use sandpaper on the surface to finish the texture.
Give a smooth finish with satin and varnish.
The above footstool plan is simple to follow. You can use different types of wood to make a footstool. Various designs can be used to give a unique look. You can also use different kinds of paint as per your liking. Using furniture glue along with flat screws and nails can give a better fix and strength to the footstool. An upholstered footstool is also a creative solution. You can use fabric and sponge for the top. Also, for the legs, different items like those even from scrap can be modified and used.