Simple Modern Bar Stools

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 09/23/2010 - 19:32
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A simple square style bar stool with a slight angled front leg. A tad edgy, a ton useful.

The thing about bar stools is you gotta have support at the bottoms.   But how to build with simple tools and basic off the shelf lumber?  Not always as easy as you would think.

But today, I'm so happy to give you the first indoor bar stool plans on our site.  We do have outdoor bar stools already online that some of you have used for indoor stools.

Aren't they just beautiful!  Actual reader photo from these plans.


But today, we are going to build with angles.  Not much of one.  But even a small angle helps keep the stool from wiggling apart over time.  And the bracing on the bottom supports the ends of the legs.

This one is really simple.  You totally got this one.

30" High x 13" deep x 16" wide


Shopping List

12″ of 1×12 Board
4 1/2 feet of 1×4 Boards
2 – 2×2 Boards
2 1/2″ Screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 1×12 @ 11 1/2″ (Seat)
2 – 1×4 @ 11 1/2″ (Short Aprons)
2 – 1×4 @ 13″ (Longer Aprons)
2 – 2×2 @ 30″ (Back Legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 30 1/8″ (Front Legs, both ends cut 5 degrees off square, parallel to each other)
1 – 2×2 @ 12 5/8″ (Longest Point, one end cut at 5 degrees off square)
1 – 2×2 @ 10 1/8″ (Longest Point, one end cut at 5 degrees off square)
2 – 2×2 @ 13″ (Leg Suppo

Cutting Instructions

Please be aware that 1x12 boards (for the seat) can vary in width and you should always check the acutal width of your 1x12s before making any cuts and adjust the plan as needed. We use 11 1/2" as the width for 1x12s because many of us make our 1x12s out of 3/4" plywood, and this width reduces plywood scraps.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Seat Aprons

Attach the seat aprons to the seat with 2 1/2″ screws and glu

Step 2

Longer Aprons

Attach the longer aprons to both the seat and the shorter aprons with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 3


Build two of the legs as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 4


Assemble the seat and legs as shown above. Screw from under the seat to hide your screw holes.

Step 5


jcostigl (not verified)

Fri, 09/24/2010 - 04:50

Hi Ana - Those bar stools made counter height are actually mine! I was so surprised to see my photo up (today is my birthday so it was a great treat!) and I wanted to thank you for the acknowledgment of my work. Here's the link to my post about the actual process I went through to make the stools.

I absolutely cannot thank you enough for your plans, you really do a great job of making it easy for others to build. I wish you the best of luck at Blogilicous.

Mahin (not verified)

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 00:09

I have an extra-tall bar. Is there any issue with modifying these plans to make the stools 32 or 34 inches tall? It seems straight-forward, but don't want to overlook any stability issues. Thanks!

Christoph (not verified)

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 18:46

I have an extra tall bar as well. I am going to make the bar stools an extra 4" inches and see what happens. I can't imagine that would make a big difference in stability but we'll see.

Guest (not verified)

Thu, 10/20/2011 - 09:12

My bar is going to be 45in. With your plans, can I make the bars tool 35in tall? Will that effect the stability?

Guest (not verified)

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 05:41


Great stools, but I am looking for the blogger that does the stools in your picture of the white stools at the kitchen island. She does everything herself and I can't find her site. Could you give me a link to her site please? Thanks!


Sat, 01/28/2012 - 21:44

I like the modern look of the stool and it seems easy enough to build! I'm going to build a couple of these and I was wondering are the long and short aprons for the seat just 3 1/2" in width,the width of a 1"X4"? If it's a different width then a standard 1"X4", I didn't see it or may have over looked it.


Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:07

I love this seat and I'm going to make some. I'm wondering about using such long screws? In steps 1 & 2 the seat and sides are made with 1X material and normally you use like 1 1/4" screws to attach the 1X material. So how and why did you put it together using 2" & 21/2" screws? You kreg jigged them right or did you screw the side pieces directly into the seat without kreg jigging them? If you kreg jigged them how far back did you clamp the jig, to drill the pocket holes? I'm sure I'll figure it out by trial and error but I thought maybe you could tell me? Do you think using 1 1/4" k.j. screws will work for attaching the sides to the seat?

Brandice (not verified)

Fri, 05/04/2012 - 20:46

I just can't afford a kreg jig right now, will the mini kreg jig work for this project?

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