Soda Crate Footstool

In case you haven’t heard, my house is small.  Up until recently, we’ve had a giant ottoman taking up precious space.  It was useful – the top came off to store blankets and it was great extra seating when we needed it.  But the space trade-off just wasn’t worth it.  I half-heartedly looked for a new, smaller ottoman to buy; and whole-heartedly looked for something with which to make a new, smaller ottoman.

An old Coca-Cola crate turned out to be that something.  My original idea was to use two crates.  (I actually think that 2 would have made the stool more proportional to the chair it’s used for, but I don’t mind it being smaller.  Considering that whole small-house-issue...)

I found a $5 table at GoodWill that had nice legs and was willing to donate them to the project.


I painted and distressed the legs to match the crate.

(I used Minwax Wood Finish Dark Walnut stain over Krylon’s Sun Yellow Paint and Primer.)

Kevin drilled down into the legs and attached them to the crate with really long lag-screws (4 to 5 inch) to give it more stability.  He used this screw/washer combo.

I bought a small piece of dense foam to fit in the crate, and a small pillow to sit on top.  I’m sure there’s probably a better way to do it, but this was so easy.  Although it was painful to pay for the foam rubber.  Wow – that stuff is so expensive!!! Don’t even think about buying it without a coupon.  Thank goodness for 40% off.

I really cheated on this part.  I didn’t sew it at all.  I pinned the long sides together, and then folded and tucked the short sides underneath.  So lazy.  At some point I will probably sew something more permanent.  If I have to.

I really like how it turned out.  And it’s comfortable!

Zoey prefers the chair.

Much love!

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  1. This the cutest footstool I’ve ever seen!!! What a clever idea, Brenda! LUV! :)


  2. so adorable!most creative! Love!

  3. That’s a great idea, I really like the way it turned out! It has so much more character than a regular ottoman :)

  4. Super adorable and creative!

  5. This is fabulous – I want one! And the fact that you didn’t even sew it makes it extra fabulous in my book (since I can’t sew a button)!
    Pinning this too!

  6. How cute is that? Love it :) Laurel

  7. Kristin@avintagefairy says:

    love it. I want one! your newest follower!

  8. This foot stool is adorable and this is the first time I have seen one made from the coca-cola crate. I have a similar one, but am still using it as table decor. Maybe someday I will attempt your foot stole makeover.

  9. I love it. Super creative, vintage and practical. I love the yellow color. Nice job!

  10. WOW I neeed to make one!! I am trying to think of something cheaper then the foam, hmmm. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • I know – the foam is ridiculous. I used such a small amount, and with the coupon it was about $15. But still…
      I even considered just using a carboard box to fill the space inside the crate. As long as you use a pillow on top, and cover the box with the fabric, I think it would work!

  11. I love how this turned out Brenda and adore the vintage look of the crate. I’d love it if you’d consider sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday ~

  12. Debbie Z says:

    I love the footstool. I have an older style footstool with the olive green “naugahyde” and the adjustable metal base that someone gave me. I think I could probably come up with something now, after seeing your crate footstool, to incorporate the top of my stool instead of throwing it away. Thank you for posting it. Also would love to see a face picture of Zoey. From what I can see, she looks like my little girl, Maddie. Have never seen another like Maddie. Maybe Zoey is her twin!

  13. This is so cool! I need a footstool in my front room, which is mostly red, white and blue and I have a red and white Coke crate! What a Great Idea!

  14. Love it!!!

  15. Loved this idea soo much I found not 1 but 3 yellow and blue Pepsi crates, I will post pics when I finish. Thanks alot for sharing! Sue

  16. Love it. Am letting my daughter know about this. She just acquired a coke crate this weekend. Thanks for the instructions.

  17. Congrats on winning the DIY Club monthly prize! woohooo!

    love your footstool!

  18. totally awesome and a wow factor!

  19. i am wondering if you attached the pillow to the crate or just tucked it in the crate. Love this idea!!

    • Thanks Amy! I was able to just tuck the fabric around the foam and the pillow form. I cut the foam so that it fit really tight, and it holds the fabric in place for a long time – even with little ones crawling all over it. When it starts to look a little dissheveled, I just re-tuck it all again.
      Have a great day!

  20. I can’t wait to do this project! I have the exact same crate, only it says Pepsi! My question is this. What size are your legs. In height I mean? Thanks!

    • Great question Kelly! I should have included that in my post. We made the legs 10 inches in length. With the crate and pillows on top, the end product is a perfect foot-resting height. :)
      Thanks so much!

  21. Love this! Super cute.

  22. That is such a cute idea. Maybe something i would want to try out.

  23. good idea. i have an old pepsi crate i’m going to do this with.
    i recently built a bench in my basement, my wife found a queen size memory foam mattress pad still sealed in the box at goodwill.

  24. Thank you for this fantastic idea! I can’t get over how adorable it is. My mom gave me an almost identical crate that I didn’t know what to do with. But with your instructions, I put this footstool together tonight – in fact my feet are up on it right this very minute. I just love it!

  25. Pam Williams says:

    Love this idea, I already a few coke crates but none without the sections. A thrift store i go to alot had some so I got a red one for $10! Going to make a stool, also! Yours turned out great.

  26. A year ago I saw this on Pinterest and said if I ever find a soda crate cool enough I will do this. Well I found a crate. Then i said well if i ever end up with some legs. Then I ended up with a coffee table that made a better piece of art than table, so now I had legs. Than I battled over fabric until one day I saw one that matched my curtains. Then i did nothing until tonight when I finally completed mine. Thank you for such a wonderful inspiration.

  27. I was just asking myself the other day “what the heck am I going to do with this Coke crate that’s been sitting in my garage for years?” And then I saw this. Thanks for such a great idea!!

  28. Ok this is my kind of project !! Since I have very little time with a very active 2 year old this is some thing I can do quickly !! My kind of lady also with the pin pin tuck tuck method LOL besides you can always wash the cover this way and change out the fabric much easily if you want to change with the seasons !! Getting on this project TOMORROW !!! Thanks for sharing this. It’s exactly what I been looking for !!

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