How to Make a Wooden Bar Stool

large kitchen with breakfast bar
  • 2-20 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
4 equal pieces of wood at least three three and a half inches thick (whether they are circular or squared is up to you
Drill bits
Wood glue or carpenter's glue
1 wooden piece for the seat at least four inches thick
4 large screws no more than three inches long
Low grit sandpaper
Varnish or stain (optional)
Padding or upholstery (optional)

The most common type of wooden bar stool has four legs for support. If you are a beginner, try not to use hardwood as it can be difficult to carve properly. The size of the bar stool is up to you, but a good size for an adult is 24 to 26 inches in circumference for the round seat. Follow the simple steps below to make your own wood bar stool.


The measurements are entirely up to you to decide. If you don’t have any idea what size to choose, just follow the standard measurements listed above. To begin, cut them using a saw.

Select the Wood

drilling into wood

You may wish to choose a particular type of wood that matches the rest of your room's furniture. Again, this is up to you to decide, but if you are a beginner, it is better to use oak, beech, or maple. The important thing to check is that the wood is sturdy. Use some sandpaper to polish the edges of the wood.

Prepare the Seat

Use the drill to drill four holes in the wooden seat. These will host the screws. Use the chisel to carefully enlarge the holes for the screws to be inserted properly. Now insert the screws in a way that the pointed part is used for the legs to be inserted into them.

Attach the Wooden Legs

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Make sure the wooden legs are equal in size, whether you decide on rounded or square. If they are not, trim them accordingly. Sand the top and the bottom parts of the four wooden legs with low grit sandpaper. Use the drill to drill a hole just deep enough for the tip of the screws to enter into it.

Now insert the legs, one by one, into the screws just for the pieces to fit together. Squeeze some glue into the holes, and then fasten the screws tightly until you see they are quite tight.


Wipe off any excess glue and leave the wooden bar stool to dry. Make sure the stool doesn’t wobble. To finish up, you can stain, paint, or varnish your wood or add a pad to your seat.