How to Make a Footrest

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How to Make a Footrest
Cover your footstool and chair with matching fabric for a seamless style. (footstool and chair image by Adrian Hillman from

Footrests can be both practical and decorative accessories. Placed by a chair, you can rest your feet on one, or put a small tray on top to hold your drinks or a snack. In a room of solid fabrics, an animal print footstool can make a design statement, or in a tailored bathroom, a chintz covered footstool can give a feminine touch to an otherwise masculine room. In an awkward corner, put a small chair, a footrest, and a good lamp to create your own reading corner.

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Things you need

  • 14 coffee cans, 3-pound
  • Duct tape
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Cotton batting
  • Fabric
  • Fibre fill
  • Trim

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  1. 1

    Take seven 3-pound coffee cans and arrange them in a tight circle. Duct tape the tops, bottoms and sides together. Repeat with another seven coffee cans. Put one circle of cans on top of the first, and duct tape the two sets together.

  2. 2

    Place the cans on top of a piece of cardboard, and mark a tight circle around the bottom of the cans. Cut out that circle. Repeat. Tape one cardboard circle to the top of the coffee cans, and one to the bottom.

  3. 3

    Wrap cotton batting around the circumference of the cans,using hot glue to hold the batting in place. Do not cover the top or bottom of the cans. When you have covered the entire piece, hot glue the two ends of the batting together to hold them in place.

  4. 4

    Measure fabric so that it is 2 inches wider than the circumference of the footrest, and 3 inches longer than the footrest. Lay the piece on its side. Roll the fabric around the can as tightly as possible. Hot glue the edge of the fabric in place. Turn the cans upside down, and hot glue the excess fabric to the bottom of the footrest. Put the can right side up, and fold the excess fabric on top. Hot glue in place.

  5. 5

    Cut out a circle of fabric 4 inches larger than the top of the footstool. Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the top of the footstool. In the centre of the cardboard circle, use a pencil to sketch a rectangle, 3 inches in length, and 2 inches in width. Cut out the two longer sides of the rectangle, and one of the shorter sides. This will give you a small flap you can pull open.

  6. 6

    Hot glue the fabric onto the cardboard circle, leaving a 1-inch seam all around the underside of the circle. Open the flap and use it to stuff fibre fill in between the cardboard and fabric. Stuff the fiberfill until the top has the desired fullness. Duct tape the flap closed. Hot glue the bottom of the cardboard circle to the top of your footstool.

  7. 7

    Hot glue trim around the footstool to hide the seam between the fibre-stuffed top and the body of the footstool. Set right side up, and the footstool is ready for use.

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