Free Plans to Build a Step Stool

Free Plans to Build a Step Stool

Got any little helpers? Or maybe your pet can’t quite climb up to their favorite resting place… Why not make them their own stool? Cute when personalized and perfect for a first-time project! This stool would also be great on the porch with a few plants placed on it…

Free Plans to Build a Step Stool
Step Stool


  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Finishing Supplies


  • 1 – 1×2 at 4′
  • One quarter sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 14-1/4″ x 16″ – Sides
  • 4 – 1×2 at 15-1/2″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″plywood at 16-1/2″ x 18″ – Larger Step
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 7-1/2″ x 18″ – Smaller Step

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

1. Cut the pieces for the sides. Cut the notches and the decorative curve using a jigsaw.

Free Plans to Build a Step Stool_Sides

2. Cut the pieces for the stretchers. Position as shown then secure using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Free Plans to Build a Step Stool_Stretchers

3. Cut the steps as shown, cutting the notches in the larger step using a jigsaw. Position as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Free Plans to Build a Step Stool_Steps 1

Free Plans to Build a Step Stool_Steps 2

Finish as desired! 


Have a request for a plan? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to create a plan for you!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!


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  • Jake

    I have built a lot of step stools. They probably are the most used, most versatile and most requested piece. This step stool looks very sturdy and safe but the one suggestion I have is to consider the grain orientation for the sides or legs on any step stool you build. With the grain running vertically rather than front to back you are less likely to snap off a leg. It does happen, unfortunately.

    • CherTexter

      Fantastic advice, Jake! In all honesty, I’ve never made a footstool. With my height, I’ve never needed one, ha ha!

    • John Winn

      using ply makes grain orientation a moot point

      • Jake

        Good point John. I guess I just think wood rather than plywood.

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