How to Make a Storage Step Stool Your Kids Will Love

This storage step stool is great for kids ages 2 to 5 who need that extra reach to the sink and also need a convenient place to keep their bath toys.

We want to thank our friends Aaron, Rebecca and their son Leo for modeling this stool in both their bathroom and kitchen. He immediately took to the stool and as expected, Leo used it to store all of his bath toys. He loves the color green and loved peeking through the handles to see his things.

They are using it in the bathroom so Leo can brush his teeth and wash his hands and now that he is getting older he can also use the stool to help in the kitchen.

A storage step stool has the ability to magically reveal a whole new world to a toddler. Suddenly, brushing their teeth and washing their hands are no longer a problem for their shrinking stature, and the once-difficult kitchen counter becomes a new frontier for kids to explore their inner chef.

You may want to make two of these step stools: one for the bathroom and one for the kitchen.

This is a great project to get kids involved in, so let the creativity flow and have fun with color and paint. Your child may even want to customize the stool with their name or go wild with stencils and stickers.

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Tools and materials

  • Tools
  • Jigsaw
  • Cordless drill and 1/2″ bit
  • Square or ruler
  • 2″ wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sanding block and medium grit sandpaper
  • 1x12x8 pine board (11-1/4″ wide is standard)
  • 2 standard hinges
  • Paint if desired.
How to Make a Storage Step Stool Your Kids Will Love

Step by Step Build a Storage Step Stool

Cut the list.

Cut the 2 sides to the natural width of the board at 11-1/4″ and length 14″.
2 storage panel pieces (front and back) at 11-1/4″ and 11-1/4″ wide
2 storage box bottoms and kick panel pieces at 11-1/4″ and 5-1/4″
2 step stool top 14″ width and 7-1/2″ length

Mark the cuts.

After gathering the tools and materials, use a square and pencil to measure and mark the handle holes along all sides of the step stool. All of the pieces for this stool can be cut from a single piece of 1x12x8 pine board.

Cut the wood

Using a jigsaw, make each straight cut. For best results on handles, first drill a hole slightly larger than the jigsaw blade in the center of the part to be cut. Then insert the jigsaw blade and follow your marks around the circular handle holes. Finish by cutting out the decorative arches below.

Sand it smooth

Sand all edges using medium-grit sandpaper. Remember, this stool will likely be moved from room to room and handled by precious little skin, so take extra care to make sure all edges are covered as much as possible. To be smoothed.

Dry fit all pieces.

Line up all the cut pieces and make sure they fit together well. If any adjustments need to be made, do them now.

Note: If you choose to paint or stain your stool, doing so before assembling each piece will give you the most professional results.

Attach the back to the sides.

To assemble the pieces, start by joining the back of the stool to the sides, glue the pieces together first, then secure them with screws.

Add below.

Attach the bottom of the stool to the back and sides using the same technique.

Attach the front piece and step.

Secure the front of the stool storage area, then the front kick panel. Attach the step below.

Add hinges.

Prepare the lid by attaching the hinges. Attach the hinges 3″ to the outermost end and attach them to the bottom of the lid. Finally, attach them to the inner side of the back panel.

For added safety and traction, consider adding grip tape to the tops of each step. Since little hands aren’t very adept at doing things gently, you can add a felt strip where the top lid touches the stool to reduce “slamming” the lid when it’s closed.

Paint and decor

Finally, paint, stencil, carve and decorate your storage stool to your heart’s content.

Time to have fun with your new storage step stool!

What is the purpose of a step stool?

A step stool refers to a smaller self-supporting, portable ladder, that may be foldable for easy storage. Step stools are useful and efficient when extra height is needed to reach or perform tasks overhead safely but when a full-sized ladder is not required.

What is a Type A step stool?

A Ladder-type Step Stool is a self-supporting, foldable, portable ladder that is non-adjustable in length, 32-inches or less in overall size, with flat steps and without a pail shelf.


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