Kid's Storage Step Stool

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:30
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Children's wood step stool with lift top storage compartment - easy to build with our free step by step woodworking plans.

storage step stools
storage step stools
12" tall x 15" deep x 13 1/2" wide


Shopping List
  • 53″ of 1×12 Pine Boards
  • 24″ of 1×6 Pine Boards
  • 26″ of 1×8 Pine Boards
  • 2″ self tapping wood construction screws or 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws (if you are using the Kreg Jig)
  • Wood Glue
  • Finishing Supplies
  • 1 Set of standard hinges
Cut List
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 14″ long (Sides)
  • 2 – 1×12 @ 12″ (Storage Box sides)
  • 2 – 1×6 @ 12″ (Storage Box Bottom and Footer)
  • 2 – 1×8 @ 14″ (Treads)
Cutting Instructions

This plan greatly depends on the use of standard width boards, which can vary in size depending on where you live. Please measure the width of all of your boards and adjust the cuts and construction as necessary. This plan assumes 1x6s are 5 1/2" wide, 1x8s are 7 1/2" wide, 1x12s are 11 1/2" wide.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Cut Sides Out From the sides, draw the above pattern and carefully cut out using a jigsaw

Step 2

Storage Box Cut a notch out of one of the storage box sides. Attach both storage box sides to the sides using 2″ screws and glue or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 3

Footer Attach the footer to the front using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws or 2″ screws and glue.

Step 4

Bottom With the remaining 1×6, add the bottom to the step stool. Attach from all sides with glue and screws.

Step 5


anabenet (not verified)

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 03:52

I've been wanting some steps like these for the kids for a while! They make for great time out chairs. LOL Thanks for posting these.

Jess (not verified)

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 03:57

Thanks so much! I've been wanting one of these forever but they're so expensive for something you're going to put your feet on. You're amazing!

Leah (not verified)

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 04:17

I can't click the 'like' button, but i do :)

Isn't it funny how you post plans just as we're looking at their retail counterparts? :)

becwilson (not verified)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 05:51

Ana, so cool! I had plans drawn up for something similar, but was intimidated...the storage was drawers. This is so much easier! Thank you!!!

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