I needed a particular size footstool to fit under my desk (so my trash basket would also fits under the desk). This is actually inspired by several folks who posted projects on constructing footstools; so, thanks to you all for the ideas.
I found this wine crate at Goodwill. It was missing the lid, but I didn’t really need that anyway and it was the right size. It’s hard to see in the pic, but I used a light sand colored stain on the box (it actually looks a bit gray, which works even better in my office).
I wanted to be able to easily move the footstool for comfort (as I shift around in my chair) and ease of cleaning under my desk. I purchased some smaller caster that swivel and attached those to the bottom of the crate.
I had some leftover plywood that was close to the size I needed, so I trimmed it down using my chop saw (a.k.a. compound miter saw).
At first, I was thinking of attaching a cushion and then covering with a soft material . . . BUT, I found this cool bath rug and really liked the nap. It’s also cushioned, so it solved both purposes. It was a bit pricier, but I like it.
The other great thing about the bath rug was that the “chenille” type nap ran in straight lines. It was not the easiest thing I’ve ever cut, but it wasn’t too bad. I tried to leave as much of the material that I could on one side of the cut (the side I was keeping). This gave me little more room to staple and prevented the next row from pulling out.
After cutting it to size, I wrapped the rug around the plywood and stapled it to the bottom and two sides. And there you go . . . we have an easy to move footstool; the right size and to my liking.
I designated the project as easy, but that kind of depends on how you feel about power tools (since I used a chop saw to trim the plywood).
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