You can turn any wood crate into a footstool in a few easy steps. Old Time Pottery has lots of crates that are perfect for this project. Be sure to grab some fabric or even a kitchen towel to cover the cushioned top while you are there. This is an easy DIY project that can be completed in an afternoon.
We started with a crate that was on sale at Old Time Pottery. You will also need the following items to complete your crate footstool:
- Plywood cut to the size of your crate
- Paint for crate (if desired)
- Fabric or towel for the top of crate
- Staple gun
- Liquid Nails or other high strength glue
- 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. Old Time Pottery has an area with fabric remnants that is perfect for projects like this one.
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 below.
Continue by pulling the other two sides taught and stapling as shown below. Leave the corners for now.
Trim away any excess fabric at this point. Also trim the corners as shown in the image below.
Fold the corners as shown below, pull taught, and staple into place. Repeat for all four corners.
Add additional staples if needed. Your cushion should now look like the image below.
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.
Your crate footstool is now ready for any room in your home. This is a fun project that is easy to complete and will look great in your home. Be sure to look for a crate that is the perfect size for your stool!