How to Make a Leather Footstool

What You'll Need
2-inch Thick Wooden Plank
2x2-inch Wooden Boards
Piece of Leather
Upholstery Tacks
Miter Saw or Hand Saw
Wood Planer
Wood Glue
2-inch Foam
Utility Knife

Building your own leather footstool is a moderately challenging project which will allow you to sharpen your carpentry skills and knowledge.

Step 1 – Designing the Footstool

The leather footstool must have four posts for support and a wooden board for the footstool top. The height of the furniture can be designed to be at least 12 inches high. But this will depend on one’s preference. The surface area of the footstool should ideally be at least 6 inches in width and 12 inches in length, but that can also be modified to suite one’s needs or preference.

Step 2 – Cutting the Wood

Cut the 2x2–inch wooden boards into four equal lengths for the footstool posts. The length will be the height of the footstool. Now mark the 2-inch thick wooden plank according to the desired width and length and cut it to form the top of the footstool.

Certain designs can be made on the posts to make them look more attractive. For example, the bottom three inches can be shaved using a wooden planer to create sides that are slightly sloping inwards. The top of the posts can also be planed to create a short pyramid design.

On all corners of the wooden plank, mark a 1x1-inch square and cut it off. This will form the joints that will secure the footstool top to the posts. Sand the rough edges with medium grit sandpaper initially and smooth all surfaces with fine grit sandpaper afterwards.

Step 3 – Assemble the Footstool

Fit one corner of the footstool top to one of the posts. The top of the post should be flush with the top surface of the wooden plank. If the post has a pyramid design on top, the base of the pyramid should be level with the top surface of the plank instead. Glue the joints, fit them together and nail them into position from the side of the post and into the wooden plank. Do the same with the rest of the posts.

Step 4 – Installing the Leather Upholstery

Transfer the dimensions of the footstool top to the 2-inch foam, cut the foam using a utility knife and position it on top of the wooden plank. Spread the leather over the foam and prepare it for cutting. The leather should cover the entire top surface of the foam and have four flaps on each side covering the edges and extending 2 inches from the edge towards the underside of the wooden plank.

Cut the leather accordingly and start securing it to the edges of the plank starting from one edge going to another using upholstery tacks. Each tack should be at least 2 inches away from the other. When all edges have been secured, proceed to the underside as well to complete the leather footstool.