How to Make Camp Stools

How to Make Camp Stools
Learn how to make camp stools so that you can rest your feet after a day on the trails. On a cold evening, sitting on a stool keeps you from losing body heat from the ground. With only a few materials, you can make a camp stool that will pack away easily and tear apart without tools.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 3-foot wood rods (3)
  • 4 feet of 5mm cord
  • Canvas
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
Step 1
Tie a clove hitch to one of the wood rods using one end of the four foot cord. Tie the hitch about a foot down the rod.
Step 2
Arrange the three rods into a tripod. The top of the tripod should open at the point of the clove hitch. You should end up with two feet of rod at the base of the tripod and a foot of rod at the top.
Step 3
Weave cord around the three rods so the tripod stands on its own. Thread the cord so it weaves around the front of the first rod, then to the back of the next. Continue this pattern until the tripod can stand securely on its own.
Step 4
Cut a piece of canvas in the shape of a triangle that is the same size as the top of the tripod. This piece of canvas will attach to the top of the tripod and become your seat.
Step 5
Sew pockets on each corner of the triangular piece of canvas. The top of each rod will slip into these pockets to hold the canvas in place when you sit down. Use canvas for these pockets so the seat will be strong enough to hold your weight after it is placed on the rods. You may use either a needle and thread or a sewing machine, but be sure to double stitch each pocket to ensure its strength.

Article Written By Kathrine Cole

Kathrine Cole is a professional outdoor educator. She teaches rock climbing, backpacking, cycling, and bike maintenance classes. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.