Simple Step Stool Plans - Straight Legs

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Here's a super easy and quick simple step stool build plan!  If you need a step stool for the bathroom or anywhere in the home - especially with young kids trying to reach the sink or the toilet, this is a great, simple to build plan.

If you are wanting more of a challenge, also check out my Simple Step Stool Plans with Splayed Legs here.

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Simple Step Stool Plans - Straight Legs

step stool dimensions diagram
Step stool dimensions 8" tall x 9-1/4" wide x 16" long


Shopping List
  • 27" of 1x3 boards
  • 32" of 1x10 boards
  • 2" self tapping wood screws or 1-1/4" pocket hole screws
  • wood glue


Cut List
  • 2 - 1x10 @ 7-1/4" - legs
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 13" supports
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 16" - top
Tape Measure
Safety Glasses
Power Sander


Step 1

Cut the boards according to the cut list.  The easiest method is using a miter saw, but you can also use a jigsaw to make the cuts.

Then cut the triangle shapes out of the legs with the jigsaw.

Step 2

Attach the 1x3 pieces to the legs with screws.

Pocket hole method: Drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward for attaching the top in later steps on the insides of the legs and the insides of the 1x3s.  Then drill 3/4" pocket holes on the ends of the 1x3s.  Attach the 1x3s to the legs with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 3

Attach the top to the base with the 2" screws.

Pocket hole users - Attach the base with the predrilled pocket holes to the underside of the top with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any exposed holes with wood filler and let dry.
Sand off excess wood filler, with medium grit sandpaper.
Remove all sanding residue.
Finish as desired.