DIY Creative Stools

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Stools can be great space savers, tucking under furniture when not in use and offering double duty purpose. Whether you need a place to sit, a stand for a plant, or an occasional table for a tight spot, making your own stools is an easy way to stretch the space in any small home. These DIY creative stools are our top picks around the blogosphere for one of a kind projects that are a perfect fit for any room.

Our feature project (above & below) is a $5 bucket stool by ‘Homemade Modern’. Yep, this cool stool that would probably sell for upwards of $150 costs only $5 to make! All you need is a bucket, concrete, some wood dowels and some hardware. Easy tutorial, lots of photos. Great project!

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If you’ve ever though of picking up those cute little stools at Ikea, ‘This Little Street’ gives a good reason to do it! These DIY wallpaper stools are so cute and colorful…take a look at her great photos and how she uses the stools… they are such a fresh decorating accent too!

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From ‘Jay’s Custom Creations’, this DIY pocket hole bar stool has complete instructions, including a how-to video… If you are looking for an easy woodworking project for a more traditional stool, this is a great place to start.

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I LOVE this DIY concrete stool (or table!) by ‘The Paper Mama’! Made for less than $15, I could see these used outdoors or in… as plant stands, or really cool seating. If you use them indoors on a smooth floor, be sure to attach a felt bottom or other soft material to protect your floors. A bucket, a cardboard tube, and concrete, is all it takes! Be sure to click through and check out the photos, one option is to use some copper paint, and it looks pretty awesome.

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From ‘Beyond the Picket Fence’, this DIY stool from reclaimed wood is easy, and so cute! These are sturdy stools with real character, and you can custom size them to fit your needs. The tutorial makes it simple, lots of step by step photos.

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‘A Beautiful Mess’ brings us this DIY modern stool from Sarah, who hails from ‘Arrow & Apple’. This is a tall stool with great lines. Made from plywood, if you don’t own a table saw, you can have the home improvement store make the cuts. They give you all the measurements. Good job Josh and Sarah!

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Want a softer take? Make this DIY stool from a bucket… it’s upholstered! No concrete with this bucket project! From ‘Oh oh Blog’…

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Make this spiral stool from Better Homes… This one takes some woodworking skill, but what a unique project! I guarantee no one else on your block will have these stools!

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From ‘Improvised Life’, these stylish stools are made of random wood scraps glued together… I think this tutorial could be more complete, but I also think it’s a doable project for anyone with glue and a creative way to clamp this together… Not sure on the strength, but I love the look! Maybe a better side table? Had to include it though, I love the look!!!

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From our favorite woodworker, Ana White, complete plans for the simplest stool ever… If you’re looking for a good, sturdy, basic stool, this is the way to go.

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Last, from 101 Woonideeen, this (Dutch?) site has this quick stool made from magazines and a belt or strap. It isn’t in English, but there is a translate button in the top right corner of the page… And frankly, it’s pretty straightforward! Any stool making tips from our readers? Creative ideas? Share in comments!

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Image Credits: Homemade Modern, This Little Street, Jays Custom, The Paper Mama, Beyond the Picket Fence, Beautiful Mess, Oh oh Blog, BHG, Improvised Life, Ana White, 101 Woonideeen


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