If you spend any time sitting at a desk then this DIY Footrest is just what you need.
Maybe you don’t personally need one but I bet you know someone who does. Sitting at a desk can take its toll on our bodies. Not just our backs but on our legs and feet too. I tend to have the worst posture when I’m at my desk so anything I can do will help in the long run.
I tend to work barefoot, a lot! And the way I foud myself sitting was killing my feet. Literally they’d fall asleep and more alarming I developed swollen bumps on the bottoms in really weird spots that took a while to go down.
That’s when I knew I waited way too long to get this DIY footrest built. Especially with how fast it goes together!
You can build yours with scrap wood like I did, or you can purchase a 1×10 pine board. Either way it’s much less expensive than buying an under desk footrest like they sell online for offices.
DIY Footrest Supplies
- Scrap wood or a 1×10 Pine Board*
- Miter Saw or a Jigsaw
- Brad Nailer & Brad Nails
- Or Hammer and Finish Nails
- Wood Glue
- Carpenter’s Straight Edge
- 18″ Bar Clamps
- Random Orbital Sander
- Paint or Stain
- Spray Primer
- Small Spray Shelter
*You can also use a 1×6 to make this footrest but I had an old shelf from our old kitchen before our Kitchen Renovation that happened to be 1×10 so that’s how I’m writing out the instructions.
Cutting wood pieces to size
Step 1: Determine the perfect angle
Some of the under desk footrests for sale online adjust between 10 and 25 degrees. Mine is fixed so I settled on 15 degrees after chatting with my friend Anika. She made one a few years ago and she told me she built hers at 15 degrees and it’s worked well. Since we’re about the same height I figured I couldn’t go wrong.
You might need a slightly different angle and overall desk footrest height depending on your height.
Step 2: Cut boards to size
- Cut a 12″ section from your wood scraps or a 1×10 board using your miter saw or jigsaw
- On one end make a pencil mark on the end 2-1/2″ up from the 12″ side.
- On the other end make a mark 5-5/8″ up from the 12″ side.
- Using a straight edge draw a pencil mark between the two lines
- Set the angle on your Miter Saw to 15 degrees.
- Place the short end of your board against the fence and line up the blade to the pencil line you just drew.
- Make your cut
Take the piece you just cut and line it up to the board you just cut it from so that the angles are together.
- Draw a line underneath to cut the second “leg” of your under desk footrest.
- Set your miter saw back to 0 Degrees and cut following the line you just drew.
If your miter saw doesn’t come out that far, flip your board over so that the uncut part is against the fence, line up the non-running blade into the cut slot and cut the remainder. I had to do this same thing when I was used our old smaller miter saw when I made a Phone Charging Stand.
Cut Boards for the Top
Determine how wide you want your footrest to be. Mine is 14-1/4″ wide. You can have one full board on the top that’s 12″ x 14-1/4″ or you can cut several narrower boards to 14-1/4″ long.
I have three boards on the top of my DIY footrest. Two that are 5-1/4″ x 14-1/4″ and one that’s 1-3/4″ x 14-1/4″. You can make your’s how ever wide feels perfect for your feet 🙂
Step 3: Sand and prep your boards
If you sand all your pieces before you put it together it will save you time and frustration getting all the nooks and crannies smooth and ready for paint or stain.
I started out sanding with this cute little sanding tool I got at a thrift store a few years ago. I use it all the time on smaller projects but not sure why I reach for it first when clearly it will take me hours to get larger pieces smooth this way. But old school will build some muscles, that’s for sure.
I did finally switch to the orbital sander because it’s so much quicker. I’m not sure what my aversion is, maybe it’s wearing the super sexy ear protection LOL
Step 4: Assembling your DIY Footrest
- Grab two 12″ long scraps of wood and place them between the two “legs” of your footrest.
- Loosely clamp the two sides together.
- Using a third scrap board square up the backs of the legs and clamp tightly.
- Lay a bead of wood glue on top of the legs where your top board will lay.
- Align the board so that it has equal overhang on the sides with the front edges aligned.
- Using the brad nailer 1-1/2″ brads attach with at least three brads on each side.
- Do the same with the top board followed lastly with the middle board.
Wasn’t that easy? You’re almost done now.
Pretty up your footrest
Step 5: Paint or stain your footrest
If you’re going to spraypaint yours like I did I’d recommend giving it a light coat of spray primer first. Otherwise you’ll need a few coats of paint to get good coverage on the wood.
- Paint the underside first in sweeping motions.
- Carefully turn it over and spray the outsides and edges.
I decided on a two tone effect so I waited for the paint to dry then carefully taped off the areas I wanted to stay white and added some fun. It’s going to be under the desk where no one but I (and my hubby) will see it 🙂
I couldn’t get a good picture of it in use while under my desk since it’s in the corner. So I pulled it out to give you a side view so you can see what 15 degrees looks like.
LOVE IT!! PIN IT!!
Will you make this DIY Footrest for yourself or for a friend?