How to Build a Bedside Stepstool

Thanks to one of my Patient Scrubs® customers for sharing these instructions. Like purchasing Patient Scrubs®, finding a way to get into a high bed after surgery or an injury can help you immensely. I’ve seen this stool, and it will be an awesome addition to the bedroom for years to come.

Bedside Stepstool Materials

  • 1 – 1×8 Board (40” or more)

    Finished Bedside Stool

    Finished Bedside Stool

  • 1 – 1×4 Board (56” or more)
  • 1 – 2×4 Board (97” or more)
  • 12 – 3 inch wood screws
  • 36 – 2 inch wood screws


  • Height – 8 ¾ inches (This was the height we chose so that the stool would fit under the bed. You may want to adjust the height to fit your needs.)
  • Stool top – 20 inches x 14.5 inches

Cutting Directions

  • 1×8 Board: Cut two 20 inch boards for the top
  • 1×4 Board: Cut four 14 inch boards for side supports
  • 2×4 Board: Cut four 6 ¼ inch boards for corner supports
  • 2×4 Board: Cut two 18 inch boards for bottom
  • 2×4 Board: Cut two 18 inch boards that are 3” thick for inside middle supports

Building the Bedside Stepstool

  1. Align corner supports on each end of the bottom board and attach with 3-inch screws.
  2. Align a 14 in. side support on the inside bottom of corner supports. Attach to each corner support with three 2-inch screws.
  3. Align the other 14 in. side supports on the outside top of the corner supports. Attach to each corner support with two 2-inch screws.
  4. Place the 3” thick inside support on the inside top edge of corner support (lengthwise) and attach to the outside side support with two  2 inch screws. Attach to the corner support with one 3-inch screw.
  5. Place 20 inch boards on top and use two 2-inch screws to attach them to each corner post.
Patient Scrubs Shows How to Build a Bedside Stool

Directions for Building a Bedside Stool


Finishing the Bedside Stepstool

  1. The stool can be painted or stained, depending on your preference.
  2. Fill the screw holes with wood filler
  3. Sand excess filler and edges
  4. Paint or stain with your favorite color
  5. Use a satin (not gloss) polyurethane (if stained) to prevent a slick surface
  6. Add pads on the bottom to prevent scratches on hardwood floors if desired


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