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7 DIY Bar Stool Plans

Originally contributed by Stacey Nash • last updated 2/10/2021

When it comes to seating, finding the right stool for your home can turn into a pricey endeavor. Luckily, you can make DIY bar stools for a fraction of the price, all while creating something uniquely personalized to your own taste. 

You can find DIY bar stool plans all over the internet, but here we’ve put together a list of some of the best designs for you to look through and see what speaks to your own sense of style. Once the hard part of making the decision is over, the fun part can begin! Get ready to don your DIY hat because once you look through these designs you’ll want to get started right away.  

1. The Accent Stool


These bar stools from Cassity over at Remodelaholic have metal bars that set them apart from your run of the mill stool. They fall in the gray area between industrial and farmhouse, giving the kitchen a modern farmhouse. Use those metal accents to your advantage by mixing and matching with your fixtures. You can mix metals for a casual farmhouse appeal or match it up for a modern take!

2. Industrial Pipe DIY Bar Stool

Love Grows Wild

These bar stools from LoveGrowsWild are full-on DIY industrial bar stools, using pipes that aren’t usually on display. The legs and fittings can be found in the plumbing side of the hardware store, and most of the construction actually involves screwing the pipes together rather than cutting and sanding. You can even adjust the stool’s height based on the pipes used, tailoring them to your home’s aesthetics. There’s something so appealing about an industrial design made from real industrial materials, don't you think?

3. The Rustic Industrial Bar Stool


Makeovers are some of the most satisfying DIY projects. You get to use items you already have or treasures you’ve just found to create something unique and new. 

These DIY bar stools combine the metal base and post of a modern bar stool and give it that farmhouse touch with a round wooden top. You can change up the finish on the metal to complement your fixtures or try something outside the box with the wood seat! This set of plans lets you create a stool that’s unlike anything you’ll find at the store. 

4. The Wooden Bar Stool

The DIY Plan

These wood stools offer a slightly different take on the traditional design. If you’re ready to take on a DIY that will save you some serious money, these are a great option. The square top with chunky legs feels as sturdy as it looks, and with the right finish, they’ll make a great addition to your home! The plans also include well-placed foot rests to keep you and your guests comfortable, which is the most important thing is it not?  

5. The Modern Standing Stool

Josh Rhodes & Sarah
A Beautiful Mess

Modular furniture is a modern and cutting edge statement piece for the DIYer who likes to mix and match natural materials in new, unexpected ways. The natural grain of the plywood grounds the otherwise futuristic design and becomes such a unique addition to any room. This stool from Josh and Sarah at ABeautifulMess gives you the height you need for a bar or standing desk, while providing an always ready resting place equipped with a comfortable footrest. 

6. The Basic DIY Bar Stool

Bitterroot DIY

The saying "if it ain’t broke, don't fix ‘em" applies well to this tried-but-true design. These sturdy and functional stools provide you with a classic look that makes them perfect for any room. Their simplicity allows them to meld with any design theme, simply paint them your chosen color and watch them transform into the perfect furniture addition! These stools from BitterrootDIY have an antiqued stain, but you can use any stain or paint color that works within your color palette. 

7. Chunky Bar Stools

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Do you have 2x4’s lying around? Even if you don’t, your local hardware store has them on hand. With these plans for low backed DIY bar stools from, you can make stools seemingly meant for the busy kitchen. With the right protective stain or paint, it can even stand up to heavy outdoor use as well, they're just that versatile!