11 Free Step Stool Plans

Build a Step Stool With These Free DIY Plans

These free step stool plans will walk you through the simple woodworking project of building a wooden step stool all on your own. It's a basic project that takes very few materials and even less time.

There are both one-step and two-step step stool plans here in both classic designs as well as more unique designs which besides being functional, will really add some style to your home. I suggest taking a look at all of them before deciding which one you're going to use.

In all these free step stool plans, you'll find written building instructions, color photos, diagrams, and user tips on how to make sure your DIY project turns out to be a success.

If you like these free step stool plans, you should also check out the other free woodworking plans I have. You can learn ​how to build a picnic tabledesk, dog housedresserentertainment center, wine rack, shedfarmhouse table, chicken coopLittle Library, kitchen islandshelfpotting benchcabin, bookshelfbirdhouse, coffee tablegreenhouse, workbenchgazebo, and Adirondack chair.

Ana White's Free Single Step Stool Plan

A wooden single step stool on a tile floor
Ana White

This step stool from Ana White is very easy to build. The stool is 16" wide, stands around 8" off the ground, and is just over 9" deep.

Aside from cutting out the feet (which you could skip over), I think overall, this step stool is one of the easier ones to build. The instructions are very clear and descriptive with illustrations. More

Simple Stepstool Plan from Build Something

A blue step stool in a kitchen
Build Something

Here's a free plan for a simple step stool from Build Something. It has two steps and a straightforward design.

Included in the free plan are a step-by-step building list, a tools list, a materials list, a parts/cut list, and extra tips. There are plenty of photos and diagrams to help you out. More

Kids Step Stool from Her Tool Belt

A wooden white step stool
Her Tool Belt

Her Tool Belt took the challenge of building something with just one board and she came up with this fabulous stepstool that would look great in any home.

The one board along with some pocket screws, wood glue, and sandpaper will get this built in no time. More

Free Simple Step Stool Plan at More Like Home

A wooden two-step stool
More Like Home

More Like Home has lots of DIY projects, and most all of them, including this step stool plan, are easy to follow because they include color-coded illustrations to assist in building.

This step stool is one of the easiest-to-build, and cheapest, stools in this whole list. It should cost just a few dollars to put together. More

Free Step Stool Plan at Woodworking for Mere Mortals

A wooden two-step stool

I like this free step stool plan from Woodworking for Mere Mortals because there's a cutting guide you can print off to make the sides look exactly like the ones in the plan.

In place of written instructions in a video showing how to build the step stool. More

Ana White's Free Vintage Step Stool Plan

A pink step stool with a flower
Ana White

Here's another step stool plan from Ana White. With two steps and a rugged feel, this vintage-style step stool stands a little taller off the ground at one foot.

The instructions in this step stool plan are very detailed, and the illustrations and cutting patterns are color-coded to help you along the way.

Ana White has a similar two-step step stool with a different base design that's a foot tall that you can check out here, plus a smaller one with built-in storage here. More

RunnerDuck's Free Storage Step Stool Plan

A wooden step stool

This step stool doubles as a small toy box or other storage container. This means you can keep a few things in it and also use it for a step stool or a place to kick your feet up.

It stands 10" from the ground with storage room for things as tall as 8.25".

Check out the list of materials before the steps begin to make sure you have the necessary items to build this step stool. More

Free Step Stool Plan at Popular Mechanics

A large wooden step stool
Hearst Communications, Inc.

Popular Mechanics as this step stool plan that's a "step stool turned chair."

The list of tools and supplies are listed in the plan as well as assembly instructions. There's a link in this plan to some more details on building the step stool, including notes, dimensions, and drawings, so be sure to check those out too. More

Free Sprial Step Stool Plan at Instructables

A purple 3-step spiral step stool
Autodesk, Inc. / dalegribble

This step stool is super unique. It has three steps as you can see in the picture, but if you close you can also see the design on the floor and how each piece of the three steps can be moved freely along the rightmost rod.

This makes for a spiral step stool, one unlike any of the others in this list. It's may work perfectly for a narrow space that couldn't otherwise fit a 3-step step stool.

There's another step stool plan at Instructables that's much easier to build but is only one step. Go here to see it. More

Home Hardware's Free Fold Up Stepping Stool Plan

Home Hardware's free stool plan is interesting. While is serves the purpose of a 3-step stool, the bottom two steps can fold up below the top step to create a tall stool and easier storage.

There's quite a large number of materials and tools that are required to build this stool, but they're all listed out in the plan, as are several pictures, cutting diagrams, and written instructions. More

MyOutdoorPlans' Free Step Stool Plan

The step stool plan from MyOutdoorPlans is much like some of the other easier-to-build stools from this list because the instructions are clear and the pictures are very easy to follow.

It should take less than a day to complete this project, and all the tools and materials you need are given to you before you start building. More