How to make a padded footstool

Do you have a chair in your house that would be perfect if only you had a place to prop your feet while sitting in it? Ottomans from high-end retailers can cost hundreds of dollars, not to mention that they all look the same. Are you looking for something completely different? Find a great floor pillow that complements your decor and you are on your way to creating a fantastic padded footstool in just a few easy steps.

Find a pair of floor pillows that you like and measure them. Ideally they should be square and able to stack one on top of the other. Box-edged floor cushions are perfect for this job, but you can use any other floor cushion or sofa cushion that you find.

Have a piece of wood cut to the same size as the pillows at your local hardware or home improvement store. You will paint the wood, so any type of wood will work. Regular plywood is perfect for this job.

Paint the wood with latex paint using a smooth foam roller. Apply two coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry completely between coats.

Apply polyurethane to the painted wood. Padded footstools get a lot of wear and tear. The polyurethane will protect the finish of the paint and prevent chipping. Polyurethane comes in matt and glossy finish. Either type will provide the same protection. Choose whichever finished look you prefer. Allow polyurethane to dry completely.

Place your casters on what will be the bottom of the padded footstool. Casters should sit approximately 2 inches from the corners of the wood. Mark the holes in the casters with a pencil. Drill holes at your pencil marks. Screw the casters in place.

Turn the footstool over so that the casters are on the ground. Attach self-adhesive Velcro in multiple spots on the wood. Attach the corresponding Velcro to the bottom of the cushion. Add more Velcro between the two cushions to prevent slipping. Stack cushions on top of one another on your wooden platform to complete your padded footstool.


If you plan to use the cushions for dual purposes, such as on the floor for seating as well as on the footstool, don't add the Velcro. Your footstool won't be as stable, but you can easily transform your footstool into floor seating for two.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor pillows
  • Plywood
  • Smooth finish foam rollers
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane
  • 4 casters
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Adhesive Velcro strips


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