Easy DIY Footrest using Scrap Wood

Easy DIY footrest using scrap woodEasy DIY Footrest using Scrap Wood

Hi, everyone! Anika back again from Anika’s DIY Life. In case you haven’t noticed, I love making easy and quick projects. It’s a bonus when the project helps me use up scrap wood from my ever multiplying pile.  Recently, I built myself a new desk. The height of the desk and chair left my feet not quite reaching the floor. Previously, I was using a piece of scrap 2 x 2 to keep my foot on (notice the pattern with me and scrap wood)? It was high time I made an easy DIY footrest using scrap wood! Footrests are also great to relieve pressure from your legs.

The important thing about an ergonomic footrest is that it should be angled and the whole foot should rest on it. Footrests available in the market generally have a variable angle between 10° to 20°. Mine isn’t going to be variable so I settled on a 15° angle. If you are making this, I would urge you to think and try out what angle is best for you.


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Measure and draw lines for the side supports per the picture below. (The tall side should be 6 inches and the short side will be 2 inches.)

How to make a DIY footrest using scrap wood

Cut the side support shapes out with a jig saw.

How to make a DIY footrest using scrap wood

Attach a 1″ x 3″ slat starting at the bottom of the side supports using wood glue and finish nails.

How to make a DIY footrest using scrap wood

Attach remaining slats using a ¾” scrap piece for spacing.

How to make a DIY footrest using scrap wood

The footrest is ready! Paint or stain in the color of your choice.

How to make a DIY footrest using scrap wood

I decided to whitewash my footrest to coordinate with my DIY desk.

How to make a DIY footrest using scrap wood

How simple was that Easy DIY Footrest using Scrap Wood?

Don’t you just love quick projects that are functional? Let’s not forget . . . it was free! If you are looking for more easy projects, you will love my collection of scrap wood projects.

Want another posture perfecting tutorial? Learn how to make your own back pillow!

Until next time!

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6 replies
  1. jay
    jay says:

    How do you figure out the dimensions of the height of the wood? You have 12″ and 2″, but what is the remaining length of the side with the 2″?


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