Making a Footstool With Woodworking and Basic Upholstery

Build the perfect office accessory using fabric, foam rubber, walnut and your own ingenuity.

Tools and Supplies Used in this Woodworking Project

Part of the fun of woodworking is experimenting with various techniques and design elements. It’s a great way to learn new tricks and expand your woodworking repertoire. For this how-to video, all I knew was I needed a footstool to put under the desk in my awesome new office. From there, I decided to make my first-ever attempts at basic upholstery. This tutorial video walks you through it step-by-step.

Because I was taking a trial-and-error approach, the top box of the footstool is just screwed together without glue. If you’re more confident in your design, you may want to adjust accordingly. For the legs of the footstool, I experimented with angles to create something with a distinctive look. Once I had something I was happy with, I shellacked and waxed the walnut that works well with the distinctive, vibrant look of the fabric I’ve used.

So did this experiment in designing something upholstery pay off? Am I the Jack White of woodworking? Watch the video and find out!