Another major complaint is that they all have a really annoying flaw because they are all rectangular in shape. What this means is that your chair wheel constantly bumps up against the footrest and moves it out of position or jostles your legs and feet around so you lose your comfy spot on the footrest.
The solution was to build my own. This one is made out of salvaged floor boards, a piece of plywood, 8 inches of scrap 2x4 and a few wood screws.
I have been using this model for several years and it is really sturdy and looks pretty good. The total cost was $0 for me because I had all the materials in a scrap pile.
Step 1: Make a Base
To make things sturdy enough for even heavy feet, use at least 1/2" plywood or thicker.
Don't worry about the edges just yet, we are going to cut them off soon enough.
Step 2: Add Floor Boards
Any wood will do but if you can score a few feet of prefinished floor boards, they make a durable pleasing surface with no work or messy painting or staining or varnishing etc.
I chose to angle my boards in this "V" shaped pattern to save material and reduce cutting.(3)
(4) cut out a wedge shape from a piece of floor board about 4" wide at the base.