Discover how easy it is to build a simple and stylish 2×4 barstool. Build two or three for extra seating or use it as plant stand for instant farmhouse outdoor charm. Scroll to the bottom of this post for access to free plans.

Free Plans- 2x4 Barstools

Hello friends! I’m glad you’re here and are ready to build this 2×4 Barstool!

Technically speaking this is a counter stool because it’s 26 1/2″ tall. Barstools are supposed to be taller. Call it what you will, it’s cute, and super cheap to build! How awesome is that??? I am a BIG fan of 2x4s. They are cheap and so sturdy! I even splurged and bought the better quality studs for a whopping $3.40 a piece. I bought 4 boards and built 2 stools. TWO!

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Here is a picture you can refer to for the dimensions of this piece

Build a barstool using only 2x4s. Tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

I will give you the materials list and the cut list, then I will break down the building steps for you. I have plenty of pictures. I like pictures better than words, so I hope you feel the same 🙂 If not, sorry about all the scrolling. As for plans, I didn’t have any, so this was truly a “let’s try this and see how it goes” project. I followed the same style as the farmhouse bench I built a while back and I am so happy with the outcome..

Important: Use wood glue on every joint. Also, I recommend you read this entire tutorial before you begin.

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DIY 2×4 Barstool 

Materials List

Cut List- Remember, all 2x4s 🙂

  • Seat:  3 pieces at 12”
  • Legs: 4 pieces at 25” with ends beveled at 10 degrees. Ends are parallel.
  • Large crossbars: 2 pieces at 14 ¼”. Ends are mitered at 10 degrees, not parallel.
  • Small crossbars: 2 pieces at 4 ¼’’

I put the pieces together in the same order shown on the cut list above

Bevel vs miter cuts

If you are new to woodworking make sure you check out my bevel versus miter post, where I walk you through the differences between the two and show you how to make the cuts for this project using your miter saw.

DIY 2×4 Barstool- Tutorial

Step 1: Build the Seat

Using your Pocket Hole Jig drill pocket holes in the 3 pieces that make up the seat. and put them together with 2 1/2″  pocket screws.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

The arrows point to the direction of the pocket holes. Try to drill your pocket holes 2-3 inches away from the ends. You will want to leave room to attach the legs later.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Put the three pieces together with 2 1/2″  pocket screws.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com
Notice that the pocket holes are a few inches away from the ends of the board, to leave room to attach the legs.

Step 2: Attach the legs to the seat

The cuts you make for the legs should be beveled at 10 degrees. Here’s a little trick I use to make the angled cuts. For a beveled angle you will set the 10 degrees on the top end of your miter saw, right behind the blade, usually. This will tilt your blade to the left slightly.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Then I make the first cut on a piece that is slightly longer than the piece I need as you see below, without measuring.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Then I flip the board upside down and over to the left and measure from there and mark my other end (see below). For the legs, I measured 25″ from the long point and cut again. That will give you parallel 10 degree bevels. Now do this 4 times. Sorry. Four legs 🙂 Be precise on these cuts. Wobbly legs aren’t cool 🙁

Bevel2

Now you can drill pocket holes on one end of the legs. Make sure and drill them on the longer side of the bevel. This is the side that will attach to the seat.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Now you are ready to attach these to the seat using 2 1/2″ pocket screws. Make sure you use wood glue on the seams. Attach them flush to the outside of the seat.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Progress!

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Step 3: Attach the large crossbars

The 2 crossbars are mitered at 10 degrees. The mitered angle on the saw is set on the base of the saw below the blade. The bevel angle you set before should be back at “0” and  your miter angle at 10 degrees. This will cause the base of your miter saw to slide to one side (I always set it to the left) but your blade will be straight.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s. Tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

I use the same technique I explained above. Choose a board that is larger than the length you need, cut one side first, then flip the board upside down and over to the right this time (for a non parallel cut), measure form the long point, and cut the other side.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s. Tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Now you are ready to drill pocket holes on both ends and attach the crossbars to the legs. I attached them 5 inches from the bottom of the legs and flush with the outside of the legs.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Crossbars attached!

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

Step 4: Attach the small crossbars

These two pieces were an afterthought. I thought the stool  looked unfinished without them. Adding them made the legs look more evenly parallel too. I cut them, drilled two pocket holes in opposite directions, then attached them with 2 1/2″ pocket screws.

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

And you’re done!

and put them together with 2 1/2"  pocket screws. 

Step 5: Build another one (or more if you want!) and admire your work 🙂

Build a barstool using only 2x4s! See the full tutorial at sawdustsisters.com

And here’s a couple of pics of the barstools all finished! I decided to go with white.

Build a set of barstools using only 2x4s! Sawdustsisters.com

Build a set of barstools using only 2x4s! Sawdustsisters.com

Here is one last picture of this beauty as a plant stand! So versatile.

DIY Barstool/Plant Stand made from 2x4s

What do you all think??? Is this a project you might be willing to tackle? I would be happy to answer any questions! If you like this tutorial, share it, tweet it, pin it, and when you have time, build it!!

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And If you like this project be sure and check out these other 2×4 projects!


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This Post Has 64 Comments

    1. Sean bride

      Hey I want to make a set of these. I was wondering how stable they are?

      1. Janice

        Hi Sean! The stools are very stable! We actually used one to hold our Big screen TV (temporarily) and no problems! The beveled cuts on the legs are the secret to stability. Just be sure your cuts are precise, especially on the legs. I’d love to see a picture of yours when you build them!

        1. Matthew Burks

          I built this stool for my woodshop

  1. Keri

    These stools are very cool! How neat that you were able to make them with 2x4s. Love the price tag on this DIY!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Keri! Yep, super cheap to build.

  2. LydiaF

    Great project for an advanced beginner like me. The end results look wonderful.Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg. I’ve shared your project all over social media. Hope you have a great week 🙂

    1. Janice

      Thank you so much, Lydia!

  3. Zara

    Thanks for a great tutorial, I am just finished making a bar and now these bar stools will be the perfect addition. I only just figured out the bevel cutting which makes all the difference between a wobbly piece and solid. I am fairly new to woodworking but have all the power tools I could ever want now need to use them all. Great ideas, thank you!

    1. Janice

      Zara thank you! You just made my day! Yes, once you get that bevel cut you can apply it to any piece of furniture! It sure makes it sturdy!

  4. You ladies are amazing. These stools are yet moe pieces that look hard, but surely is not when you follow the Sawdust Sisters detailed tutorial. We are so thrilled to have you share with us at Friday’s Furniture Fix. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Janice

      Thanks Susie! You are so sweet!

  5. April Benson

    There are parts that confuse me, but then I shouldn’t be surprised that I’m confused. I’m always confused. I believe I can make these and I intend to, I just may have to do it “my way”. Thank you!

    1. Janice

      Haha! There’s nothing wrong with putting your own spin on these! However If you have any questions about the tutorial I would be happy to try and clarify.

  6. Jenn

    Love this. I made mine out of cedar. More expensive but I wanted the more rustic look. They turned out awesome! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I learned a lot. It was so easy to follow!

    1. Janice

      Thank you Jenn!! I agree cedar is the best in terms of durability. I’m glad you liked them! I’d love to see yours. Send me a pic if you have time janice@sawdustsisters.com

      1. Billy

        I love theses barstools im making mine now thank u

  7. Lisa

    I love this idea! You did an amazing job on the stools and they look really sharp on your porch! This might be an upcoming project for us!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Lisa! I’m glad you liked them! 🙂

  8. Matthew Burks

    I built one of these stools for my woodshop. I made it 33 inches tall so it would be easier to work at my bench and around my woodshop. This plan is super easy to read and very informative

  9. Feliz Díaz Ashá

    Gracias muy ilustrativo los pasos a seguir para la construcción de este taburete, un abrazo desde Perú

  10. Tomi

    I just made these, and I am wondering where you got the 4 1/4-inch measurement for the side pieces. If a 2 x 4 is 3 1/2 inches wide, and these go between 2 straight 2x4s, shouldn’t these be 3 1/2 inches long? I had to cut mine off. Besides that, the directions were perfect!

    1. Hi Tomi! I attached those pieces lengthwise not width wise. I literally just cut a piece of 2×4 at 4.5” and it was able to fit it. That piece can vary per build though. I’m glad the rest of the instructions were good 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!

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