How To Make A Large Footstool: A DIY Guide
There’s no better way to chill than to kick up your feet on a comfortable and large footstool. This type of furniture can be your next great collection and a piece of inspiration. In this article, you will be guided on how to make a large footstool. You will be provided with a list of materials and a set of tools to be used.
Footstool and Its Uses
A footstool is a functional and aesthetic addition to any area of your home. They typically make the perfect partners to our sofas and chairs. If you have no enough room for a chaise sofa, a footstool is a great way to provide a footrest at a slightly lower level to your seat. They can be relocated when you need more floor space, while the small ones can even be stored underneath a sofa or bed.
A footstool is an incredibly useful and versatile piece of furniture that has multiple uses for all over your home. People get creative with footstools, which come in a vast range of shapes, styles, heights, and sizes. There are just people who are skilled enough to make larger ones. It takes simple steps on how to make a large footstool.
Supplies and Tools to Make a Large Footstool
- Plywood, chipboard or similar wood
- Short table legs and brackets
- High-density foam, at least 10cm thick
- Hot glue gun
- Fabric scissors
- Staple gun and staples
- Power drill, drill bit and screws for the leg brackets
- Upholstery fabric
- Bread knife or hack saw, to cut the foam
How to Make a Large Footstool
As you are about to make a large footstool, start by deciding how large you want your DIY footstool to be. A 40cm x 40cm and is mainly designed as a one-person footstool, so adding some inches makes a large one.
- After getting your dimensions, cut your wood to this size using a jigsaw. You can have some hardware cut the wood for you, too. Sand the edges to avoid getting splinters or scratches.
- Add the brackets for the footstool legs. Place the four brackets at the corners of your wood piece. They should be at least a few centimeters from the edge.
- Hold the actual legs against the brackets. Next, drill the brackets to the wood but don't add the legs just yet.
- Cut a piece of high-density foam to the same size as your wood piece. Use a bread knife to cut it.
- Use a glue gun to stick the foam directly to the wood on the opposite side to the leg brackets. Try and line up the foam neatly against the edge of the wood.
- Cut out a long strip of wadding with the same width as your footstool and approximately double the length.
- It's time to cover the foam and edges of the wooden piece using the wadding, wrapping them tightly around the wood and foam. Fix them in the correct position using a staple gun. Make sure that you staple them to the bottom edge of the wood and next to the leg brackets. Use scissors to trim any excess wadding.
- Next, cut a large square of decorative upholstery fabric; it should completely wrap over your footstool, covering both the top and sides. Place the fabric onto a flat surface; the wrong side must face up. Then place your footstool onto the fabric, this time with the foam on the bottom.
- Up and over the footstool, wrap the edges of the upholstery fabric. Use a staple gun to fix the fabric to the wood, making sure to pull the fabric as tightly as possible. Add more staples to the fabric, and go all the way around so it will be very securely held in place.
- Screw-in the footstool legs. If you followed step 8, cut small holes in this fabric to allow the legs to be screwed into the bracket. This is the final step on how to make a large footstool.
A footstool is more comfortable than resting your feet on the floor. Besides the circulation benefits, it is specifically designed for comfort and relaxation, especially after a long tiring day. It is easier and inexpensive to make your footstool, and it will leave you looking and feeling like an expert once you're finished.
Footstools can be used as a couch, especially if you make a large one, or as a useful piece to mitigate the dangers of climbing on barstools and chairs. You need to learn the basics of how to make a large footstool, and it is all set. Learning how to make a DIY footstool that is tailored to your wants is always economical and fun.
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