Works as a table or extra seating! This quick 1 hour, $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table. With tips on adjusting the height to work for kids and adults. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #KregJig #Stool #SideTable

$20 DIY Easy Stool Seating OR DIY Round Side Table

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This super quick $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table.

Today, I’ve got a quick, 1-hour build for you. And, you’ll only spend about $20 for the wood. Yaasss! This sweet DIY Easy Stool Seating is such a great build project for the time and money.

I also love that this seating makes a really cute table too. So, if you have a small space or small budget. This build can be a table sometimes and an extra chair at other times. I mean, c’mon, here’s a perfect present for college kids or new homeowners. 🙂

If you’re looking for a cool side table with a bit more style. Check out my DIY Round Top Pedestal Table. That’s what I built for my recent Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover.

Works as a table or extra seating! This quick 1 hour, $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table. With tips on adjusting the height to work for kids and adults. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #KregJig #Stool #SideTable
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DIY Easy Stool Seating – Video Overview

DIY Easy Stool Seating – Materials Needed

BUILD NOTES: Depending on where you’ll be using this build, you might want to change the size of the legs. For a little kids tables or desks, you might need to remove 2 or 3 inches. You could even go as much as 9″ shorter, to build a step stool or young toddlers seat.

For a side table or end table, tables that are about level with the arm of the chair or sofa are the most comfortable to use. Generally, that’s about 18 to 20″. About 20 is the max I would go if you want it to be a comfortable seating height.

  • 4 – 17″ long 2″ x 2″ Select Pine Boards, for the Legs
  • 2 – 10 1/2″ long 2″ x 2″ Select Pine Boards, for the Cross Braces
  • 4 – 4 1/2″ long 2″ x 2″ Select Pine Boards, for the Cross Braces
  • 1 – 15″ Pine Wood Round, available at Home Depot and Lowes
Works as a table or extra seating! This quick 1 hour, $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table. With tips on adjusting the height to work for kids and adults. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #KregJig #Stool #SideTable
How cute is this stool and Kids Kitchen together? 🙂 You can find the red DIY Kids Desk tutorial here. The Kids Kitchen tutorial is coming soon.
How to build a cute and easy bedside table for about $20 in wood. Grab the round top and 2x2 lumber at your hardwood store. #Woodworking #BeginnerWoodworking #KregJig #AbbottsAtHome
Don’t forget to Pin Me! Here’s a look at the table in boy’s bedroom. They love having a place for their cups now. You can see more of their room in my DIY Board and Batten Wall and DIY Upholstered Headboard tutorials.

Tools Needed

DIY Stool or Table Build Steps

Step One

Cut your 2″ x 2″ boards to size.

Step Two

Put 1 pocket hole on each end of the 2 – 10 1/2 long 2″ x 2″ boards and each end of the 4 – 4 1/2″ long boards. Should be 12 holes total.

2 X frame bases built from 2x2 Select Pine dimensional lumber.
You can see the pencil marks I made for the center point.
Step Three

Use glue and screws to connect each 10 1/2″ board with 2 – 4 1/2″ boards to make 2 X’s. I like to mark the exact center of the boards to make sure I have them lined up perfectly.

In this case, I also clamped on extra boards to stop the 4 1/2″ boards from slipping during assembly. I forgot to take a picture, but you can see the short video of that on Instagram here.

Step Four

Once the X’s are assembled, glue and screw one of the X’s to the table legs. This X needs to line up with the ends of the legs to create a flat surface. I made the mistake of doing this with the pocket holes inside the legs.

That made the last 2 legs harder to attach because the drill didn’t quite fit. I’d recommend flipping the X so that the pocket screws will be on the top of the table.

Using Kreg Screws and wood glue to attach 2x2 legs to X base.
I attached the X to the legs on the wrong side, flipping the screws to the other side would have been better.
Step Five

Attach the next X 3/4″ up from the bottom of the table. Have the screws facing the bottom of the table frame, to make it easy to drill in the screws.

Using clamps and scrap wood to hold 22x2 Pine pieces in the right spot when gluing and screwing together.
I use clamps and scrap wood as a hack to hold pieces in place when gluing and screwing pieces together.
Using Dewalt Clamps and scrap wood to hold pieces in place before screwing in with Kreg Jig.
A different clamp hack on another leg. You gotta do what it takes, right? 😉

That’s it. Now you’re ready to apply the finish. 🙂

DIY Easy Stool Seating – Finishing Steps

Step One

Now you can fill the pocket holes with wood filler. Once that dries, sand everything smooth. I sand to 120 or 150 when painting. Or, 220 when staining. I also sand down all the hard corners on 2×2’s. I think its a prettier look.

Building a stool or table base from Pine 2x2's. And filling pocket holes with wood filler. For DIY Easy Stool Seating.
Filling pocket holes with Wood Filler.
Step Two

Once, sanded, dust the table base off with a tack cloth or slightly damp rag. Apply your finish. I used a custom mixed red, using Magnolia Homes by Kilz in Eggshell. It is similar to a chalk paint and works well without a primer. You might need a primer, depending on what you use.

The red I used was color matched to the the DecoArt Chalk Paint color Rouge. You can just use that paint. It is a great, low cost chalk paint for furniture.

Works as a table or extra seating! This quick 1 hour, $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table. With tips on adjusting the height to work for kids and adults. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #KregJig #Stool #SideTable
I love the shade of red on the DIY Round Side Table. Not too pink, not too orange, not too blue. You can see my DIY Chevron Wall Art in the background here.
Step Three

Now, sand the wood round to 220-grit. That means you start with a medium grit first, then use the fine grit (220). This would be different for different types of wood. But, this works fine on Pine with a pretty smooth finish already.

Step Four

Clean off all the dust on the wood round. Then stain. I used Danish Oil in Medium Walnut. I love danish oil because it is easy to apply and clean up. You can literally pour some on, then spread around with a rag. It also soaks into the wood nicely.

After 2 coats of Danish Oil, I applied 2 coats of Varathane Matte Polyurethane. Danish Oil doesn’t require a top coat. But I wanted to add a slight sheen and protect the finish a bit more, since my kiddos will be using this. And they’re rough. 😉

Step Five

Once the base and top are dry, You can attach the top. You can either pre-drill screw holes from the under the table bases top. Be sure to use a countersink drill bit to hide the screw heads. Then screw into the top.

OR, apply glue to the entire top of the base, center the wood round on that X. Then brad nail at each end of the X to hold the top tightly in place while the glue dries. I nail at a slight angle to prevent pull back on those nails. Fill the nail holes with matching putty.

Works as a table or extra seating! This quick 1 hour, $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table. With tips on adjusting the height to work for kids and adults. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #KregJig #Stool #SideTable
Don’t forget to Pin Me!
Works as a table or extra seating! This quick 1 hour, $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table. With tips on adjusting the height to work for kids and adults. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #KregJig #Stool #SideTable
So excited about how this Kids Play Kitchen and Stool turned out!
Works as a table or extra seating! This quick 1 hour, $20 build makes great DIY Easy Stool Seating or a DIY Round Side Table. With tips on adjusting the height to work for kids and adults. #AbbottsAtHome #DIYFurniture #KregJig #Stool #SideTable
Tutorial and plans for the Kids Kitchen coming soon. That DIY Kids Desk on the edge of the picture is here.

That’s it! You’re done. Enjoy you’re new DIY Easy Stool Seating or DIY Round Side Table. 🙂


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10 thoughts on “$20 DIY Easy Stool Seating OR DIY Round Side Table”

  1. This looks cool and way easier than I would have thought. Thanks. Dropped by from #BloggersPitStop and glad I did. Bookmarked and shared. Hope the week ahead treats you kindly. 🙂

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