Kid's Storage Step Stool

Children's wood step stool with lift top storage compartment.


Projects built from this plan. Thank you for submitting brag posts, it's appreciated by all!


I guess I'm just in the storage stairs mindset.  Because I couldn't get this design off my mind.

Yep, more stairs with flip tops and storage inside.

If you save your scraps, you might just already have the lumber to build this!

There's actually quite a bit of storage in there!

Shopping List: 

53″ of 1×12 Pine Boards
24″ of 1×6 Pine Boards
26″ of 1×8 Pine Boards
2″ Screws or 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws (if you are using the Kreg Jig)
Wood Glue
Finishing Supplies
1 Set of standard hinges

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
12" tall x 15" deep x 13 1/2" wide
Cut List: 

2 – 1×12 @ 14″ long (Sides)
2 – 1×12 @ 12″ (Storage Box sides)
2 – 1×6 @ 12″ (Storage Box Bottom and Footer)
2 – 1×8 @ 14″ (Treads)

Cutting Instructions: 
This plan greatly depends on the use of standard width boards, which can vary in size depending on where you live. Please measure the width of all of your boards and adjust the cuts and construction as necessary. This plan assumes 1x6s are 5 1/2" wide, 1x8s are 7 1/2" wide, 1x12s are 11 1/2" wide.
Step 1: 

Cut Sides Out

From the sides, draw the above pattern and carefully cut out using a jigsaw

Step 2 Instructions: 

Storage Box

Cut a notch out of one of the storage box sides. Attach both storage box sides to the sides using 2″ screws and glue or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 3 Instructions: 


Attach the footer to the front using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws or 2″ screws and glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 


With the remaining 1×6, add the bottom to the step stool. Attach from all sides with glue and screws.

Step 5 Instructions: 


Attach the top tread to the top with hinges. Attach the bottom tread with screws and glue.

Enjoy your step stool! I can think of a zillion ways Grace could use this stool!

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Thanks so much! I've been wanting one of these forever but they're so expensive for something you're going to put your feet on. You're amazing!

I can't click the 'like' button, but i do :)

Isn't it funny how you post plans just as we're looking at their retail counterparts? :)

Ana, so cool! I had plans drawn up for something similar, but was intimidated...the storage was drawers. This is so much easier! Thank you!!!

OK, I've built this and it turned out great. I love it, it went together SO nicely. I didn't have any 1x6 scrap, and I didn't want to buy one for 24" So I just made sure I bought a 1x12 a little longer. The measurements are slightly off in the plans. The 1x12 pieces for the storage box aren't actually 12" wide (11 1/4 to 11 1/2 depending on lumber supplier) So if you are using a 1x6 for the toe kick and the bottom of the storage box, you will need to the length to match the width of the 1x12.

I posted a picture on the facebook site.

On the 1 x8 the shopping list says to buy a board that is 26" but the cut list says to cut 14". Isn't 14 X 2 =28? I wish I would have looked at this better because I need to go back to the store for a longer board. The store I went to cut them in length for me. I like the blue and orange store better because you get to pick out the wood.

After doing a few plans from the site, I finally had the confidence to modify this into something I've been wanting for years after seeing them featured in catalogs--an adult-sized storage step with sloped sides and an inset lower step (here's how to make modifications if anyone else wants to do the same: ). Thanks for sharing your talents and helping give women the confidence to build!

I have been looking for a small step stool. Bless you. I'm a large woman and have trouble getting into the bed of my camper. This will be much easier for me. Thank you do much!!!!!

Should paint or stain be applied before or after attaching the hinges?

I attached the hinges as the very last step. I was afraid painting over them would goop them up. Stain won't stick to metal. Paint will, but it may flake off and peel over time.