Kid's Storage Step Stool

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 21:31
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About Project

Children's wood step stool with lift top storage compartment.

I guess I'm just in the storage stairs mindset.  Because I couldn't get this design off my mind.

Yep, more stairs with flip tops and storage inside.

If you save your scraps, you might just already have the lumber to build this!

There's actually quite a bit of storage in there!

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″ 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


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

Step 4


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

Step 5