the Amazing Bucket Stool!

We love to create pop-up workshops for playful explorations of art, science and technology, and setting up a good workshop space is a tricky business. You need to quickly create a space that is inviting, functional, and comfortable, where people can spend a long time getting deeply engaged with an idea or exploration. One key ingredient to a good workshop is comfortable seats, and we had a big wish-list for ours. A good workshop seat should to be;

  • Lightweight but sturdy
  • Stackable
  • Easy to carry
  • Affordable
  • Tough
  • Comfortable

And if you’re really dreaming, a place to store materials. But where on earth are you going to find something this awesome? It turns out that plastic 5 gallon buckets totally fit the bill. Lightweight and sturdy? Check. Stackable? Check. Easy to carry? They have handles! Affordable, yep! Tough? For sure. Extra storage space? Yes! Comfortable? Oh . . . Heck, no.

Okay, so enter this instructable! You can upholster a 5 gallon bucket with a little foam and elbow grease to create a super comfy, tough, awesome stool for all your pop-up workshop needs.


Nicole Catrett