How to Make a Foldable Stool

Creating a foldable stool is a practical woodworking project that combines functionality with convenience.

This guide will walk you through the steps to build your own foldable stool using basic tools and materials. Perfect for small spaces, a foldable stool can be easily stored away when not in use.

The full how to build video by Radek’s Workshop is at the end of the article.

Materials Needed:

  • Plywood or hardwood (for the seat and legs)
  • Wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Hinges
  • Sandpaper
  • Finish (optional)

Tools Needed:

  • Saw (circular saw or jigsaw)
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Clamps
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

Steps to Build the Foldable Stool:

  1. Prepare the Wood:
    • Cut the seat from a piece of plywood or hardwood. A typical size for the seat could be 12 inches by 12 inches.
    • Cut four legs from the same wood. Each leg can be around 15 inches long.
  2. Shape the Legs:
    • Taper the legs if desired, making the bottom slightly narrower than the top. This gives the stool a more refined look.
  3. Attach Hinges to the Legs:
    • Pair the legs into two sets. Attach a hinge to each pair so that the legs can fold inwards. Ensure the hinges are placed correctly to allow smooth folding action.
  4. Attach the Legs to the Seat:
    • Position the pairs of legs under the seat. Use wood screws to attach the top of each pair to the underside of the seat, ensuring they are evenly spaced and aligned.
  5. Secure the Legs:
    • Add a cross brace between each pair of legs for additional stability. The braces can be attached with wood screws and wood glue.
  6. Test the Folding Mechanism:
    • Ensure the stool folds properly. Adjust the hinges if necessary to ensure smooth operation.
  7. Sand the Stool:
    • Sand all surfaces of the stool to remove any rough edges and splinters. This is especially important for the seat and edges of the legs.
  8. Apply Finish (Optional):
    • If desired, apply a wood finish to protect the stool and enhance its appearance. Options include varnish, stain, or paint.

Tips for Success:

  • Accuracy: Precise measurements and cuts are crucial for ensuring the stool folds and stands correctly.
  • Hinge Placement: Ensure hinges are aligned perfectly to avoid any issues with the folding mechanism.
  • Stability: Adding cross braces significantly improves the stool’s stability. Don’t skip this step.

Building a foldable stool is a rewarding project that results in a practical piece of furniture. This stool is not only functional but also easy to store, making it perfect for small living spaces or for use as an additional seating option when needed.

Give it a try and enjoy the convenience of a foldable stool!

Full How To Build Video