Simple Step Stool Plans- Splayed Legs

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Build your own wood step stool with our free plans.  Features angled legs for added durability and stability.  Solid wood design is easy to stain or paint and will last and last (ours is still going half a decade later).

Build with just 1x10s and 1x3s for about $15. Step by step plans with diagrams, shopping and cut list from Ana White

Photo by By: stonejamie


Why I Built This Simple Step Stool

I've been helping my sister turn her bathroom from boring beige into glamours guest worthy ... and it's almost done! 

You remember the mirrors that we DIYed for about $10 -

Yep, three mirrors for $10! It had such a huge impact on the bathroom!

Today's project for this bathroom isn't as glamourous, but it's very essential in this bathroom -

Where at least one of the main users of this bathroom needs the extra height boost.


Step Stool Plans

This step stool is an easy build if you can use a miter saw.  After you get the cuts done, it's seriously like five minutes to complete this project.

Here's a quick video showing the steps 


How has this Step Stool Held Up?

Well, after nearly a decade of use, countless moves, I'm excited to report, this step stool is still being used and is not wobbly or broken!


Plans for Similar Step Stool with Straight Legs

Do you love this stool, but don't want to take on the splayed leg angles?  I have a very similar plan available for free with straight legs:

ana white simple step stool plans

Click here for straight leg step stool plans.


Free Plans for Splayed Leg Simple Step Stool

The plans follow.  Please share a brag post when you are done!


step stool plans
Dimensions shown above for step stool


Shopping List
  • 3 feet of 1x10 boards
  • 3 feet of 1x3 boards
  • knobs or handles (optional)
Cut List
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 7-1/2" long, both ends beveled at 5 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel to each other
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 13" long, both ends cut at 5 degree angles, shortest point measurement, ends NOT parallel
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 16"
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Take your two side pieces and taper the sides down at 5 degree angles, with the bottom being bigger than the top.  Then notch out bottoms with jigsaw.

Step 2

Drill 3/4" pocket holes on ends of 1x3 boards.  Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward on aprons and insides of ends for attaching top in next step. 

Step 3

 Attach top with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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