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DIY Footstool from a Crate

Make your own footstool with this easy DIY project and a crate.
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Makes 1
Author Angie Holden

What You Will Need

  • Crate Can't find one you love? Try making your own.
  • Plywood cut to the size of your crate
  • Paint for crate (if desired)
  • Fabric or towel for the top of the crate
  • Padding
  • Staple gun
  • Liquid Nails or other high strength glue
  • Rope
  • Hot glue and gun


  • Start by painting the crate the color of your choice. It took a few coats of this spray paint to get adequate coverage. We also used the sealer once the paint had cured. Be sure to follow all directions on the paint you use and allow your paint to dry completely before continuing.
  • For the cushion portion, start with a piece of plywood and a cushion that have both been cut to the size of your crate bottom. We used a kitchen towel to cover the cushion but you can use the fabric of your choice.
  • Turn the cushion and plywood over upside down onto your fabric. This is where you are going to need a staple gun.
  • Start by pulling taught and stapling two sides as shown.
  • Continue by pulling the other two sides taught and stapling as shown. Leave the corners for now.
  • Trim away any excess fabric at this point. Also trim the corners as shown.
  • Fold the corners as shown below, pull taught, and staple into place. Repeat for all four corners.
  • Add additional staples if needed.
  • You now need to break out some type of adhesive to secure the cushion onto the crate. It should be something that will be strong and attaches fabric to wood. We used this product from Liquid Nails.
  • Be sure to follow all directions on the glue you choose. The product that we had chosen suggested that you clamp until it dries. We used some weight on top of the stool.
  • Once dry, you will still have a gap or excess glue sticking out around your stool. We used a hot glue gun to secure rope around the area.