DIY an Awesome Footstool With Storage From Jeans and a Crate.

5 Materials
1-2 Hour

Gosh, this denim footstool has got to be one of the best and most useful things I've made in a long while. My husband loves to rest his feet on it while watching telly. The kids love to scoot around the house on it. And I can quickly hide all the clutter from the top of the coffee table inside it when family visit.

It's a piece of furniture for all the family maybe that's why I stenciled our family name to the side of it!

Not only is it really handy for storing my magazines in but it looks great with the denim and has the extra personal touch of the family name on the side. The casters make it really nifty.
I love the fact also that it was made with my husband's old jeans giving it that industrial rustic farmhouse look. The footstool/ottoman lives in our living room but it would look fantastic in a den or a teen room. You could personalise it for a teen by stenciling their name on the side or the name of their favourite team.
I used an IKEA Knagglig crate and IKEA casters for my upcycle. You can use any strong crate and you can buy similar casters. Click here to see the ones on amazon.
I made my crate up according to the instructions. Using a black sharpie and a letter stencil I stenciled my family name on the side.

As the crate was unfinished, I waxed it with some dark wood wax to both protect it and give it rustic look. Then I screwed on the casters to bottom of the crate.
For the upholstered lid. I cut some plywood the same size as the crate top and some dense foam which I stuck to the plywood.
I then covered this with denim and stuck the waistband around the edge.
The underside of the lid was covered with a piece of fabric to hide the upholstery staples. And finally I screwed in two batons to stop the upholstered lid from moving around when you sit on it.

More detailed instructions are available using the blog link at the end.
If you are like me and love repurposing your old jeans then you may want to check out my other brilliant denim storage ideas including another IKEA hack. click here to see them..

Suggested materials:

  • Crate
  • Casters
  • Jeans
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Claire at Pillarboxblue

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5 questions
  • Kelly Cannon Goff
    on Mar 6, 2017

    That's a neat project.Could you tell me where bought those crates ?

    • Bklyn Cowgirl
      on Mar 6, 2017

      She states in the article that the crate and casters were purchased at IKEA.

    • Angela Cosner
      on Mar 6, 2017

      The OP stated "IKEA Knagglig crate"

    • Judy Prier Burgess
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Crate like these are available at Joanne Favric and at Michael's. I can't tell different they are the exact size or not. What a cute idea!

    • Tammy Drain Seay
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Walmart has them also.

    • Christine Pardo
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Home depot too

    • Shawnda
      on Mar 6, 2017

      I've seen them at all these places. They cost about 10.00 at each place.

    • Heather
      on Mar 6, 2017

      As a former pampered chef consultant I have two from that 'gig' that are slightly larger, more of a small coffee table size. I think that you could use plywood or mdf for the top. You can by smaller size sheets of MDF at HD.

    • Diane Robertson
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Maybe line it with the jeans as well

    • Rho12952287
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Genius! I love it!

    • Sue
      on Mar 6, 2017

      You can get crates at Home Depot, Lowes & online. Hobby Lobby only had small crates when I was shopping for them. Don't know about JoAnn's.

    • Helen Gesell
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Kmart in their home section, has them for under $10 dollars each...

  • LindaS
    on Mar 6, 2017

    This is one of the cutest projects I've seen in awhile. Lots of ways to adapt it to individual needs. One question: I'm probably overlooking this, but.... Did you staple or glue the waistbands to the cushion?

    • Myr16415968
      on Mar 6, 2017

      If you look at the link posted: there is a photo above step 10 which shows the waist band with pins says says 10 says "I used a scrap piece of fabric to tidy up the underside of the DIY ottoman lid. To ensure good adhesion, the fabric was pinned to the lid whilst the glue was drying." I assumed the waist ban was also glued.

  • Katherine Smith
    on Mar 7, 2017

    What size wheels and fi isherhright? I was thinking of doing 2 and use together as a coffee table

  • Shirley4
    on Mar 8, 2017

    This is awesome... and on my to-do project list! You are too clever!!! How did you fasten the waistband around the edge? Staples?

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue
      on Mar 8, 2017

      I glued the waist band using a strong fabric adhesive.

    • Karen
      on Mar 10, 2017

      I wondered that as well lol! The waistband is such a great added touch! It really sets the whole thing off. Thank you for posting it

    • Shirley4
      on Mar 10, 2017

      Absolutely agree. The waistband is the perfect finishing touch!

  • John
    on Mar 22, 2017

    Love this where did you get the stencil for the wording?

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