Introduction: Leaning Stool / Human Kickstand / Wobble Chair

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Now that sitting has become as vilified as smoking, there is a huge movement toward standing desks and leaning stools. I'm fortunate that my desk at work is powered and raises and lowers for sitting or standing positions. I found that standing for long periods can get uncomfortable. I searched for a leaning stool online and they can run from hundreds of dollars into the thousands.

Since I wasn't even sure I would like leaning for part or all of a workday, I wasn't willing to shell out large sums of cash. There are some interesting homebrewed versions, but I didn't want to get into casting concrete, or again shelling out big $$.

What follows is my solution, which took about 15 minutes to complete.

Step 1: Gather Your Gear

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You will need the following. I've listed what worked for me, but feel free to use your own selections.

1 - A hacksaw bladed for cutting metal

2 - An adjustable wrench

3 - An adjustable aluminum cane, 3/4" tube (you can find used ones at goodwill store for very little $.)

4 - A wide base cane tip (I used the Hugo Mobility Quadpod Ultra Stable Cane Tip with Compact Quad Design)

5 - A bicycle seat with no horn or nose (Mine is a Schwinn No Pressure Bicycle Seat)

Since I already had the cane, wrench, and hacksaw, my only purchases were the cane tip and the seat. I tried using the cane tip that was already on the cane, but it was too small for stability. The Quadpod is well constructed and the seat stands up on its own.

I made my purchases from Amazon to a grand total of $31.63 with free shipping.

Step 2: Cut Your Cane

Use the hacksaw to cut the hook handle from the rest of the cane. You want to make sure that you have a straight tube.

As an option, if you have a metal file, you may wish to file down any burrs and jagged edges from the cut area. Since the cut area is tucked up under the seat, I did not do this myself.

Step 3: Attach the Seat to the Cane

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If you've purchased the same seat as me, all you need to do is slide the seat over the area that you cut, and tighten it down with an adjustable wrench. Tighten until it's well attached and quite snug, but don't overtighten. You don't want to crush the cane tube. Bike seats generally will allow you to choose an angle of lean to the seat. You may have to experiment to find the best angle for you. Mine in set at the default neutral angle.

Step 4: Tip Your Cane (optional)

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Remove the old cane tip, and install the new and improved one. If you choose to use the tip that came with the cane, be wary as it may tear depending on your weight. I find the Quadpod very stable and it grips well.


No matter what tip you use, be careful if you are using the seat on a smooth, waxed, or wet surface as the stool could slip out from under you. Mine works well on carpet and hardwood. Be careful in slippery conditions.

Step 5: Lean Back and Work

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Adjust the height of the stool so that it's comfortable. Remember, you aren't trying to sit on it, you're trying to lean and take some of your weight off of your legs.

This seat is very portable and you can use it almost anywhere. Great at concerts, parades, or what have you.



seamster (author)2014-08-28

This is a great project.

I'm incredibly jealous of that powered desk. That's gotta be really nice!

CP26 (author)2017-06-07

To answer my own question for anyone reading. I was able to easily get the original existing foot off the cane without damage by putting the lower fat part of the rubber tip loosely in a vise. Then rocking the cane shaft one way, shooting WD-40 into the crack that opened up between the shaft and the rubber. Then rocking it back the other way, shooting more WD-40 and repeating 2 to 4 more times around the inside of the rubber foot until there was oil all around inside. It easily twisted off after that.

I went with a polished silver cane industrial look (was cheapest) with Hugo quad foot for stand-up convenience and the Schwinn Deluxe seat from Walmart.

CP26 (author)2017-05-05

How the heck did you guys remove the original rubber cane tip without damaging the tip or the cane? The shaft is thin walled aluminum so I don't want to damage or mar it. I tried dish soap and water and yanking it off with a bench vise. No luck yet. What did you guys do?

progress126 made it! (author)2017-04-11

Having just built a standing desk last year, I had my eyes on the official human kickstand but didn't want to fork over the $100 to own one. Google DIY human kickstand and this Instructables popped up. Had a cane at home so the only thing I had to buy was the seat. Found one at my local Walmart and within minutes I had my kickstand. I substituted a lacrosse ball for the Quadpod. I drill out a 3/4" hole about halfway through the lacrosse ball and mounted it to the bottom of the chopped up cane and voila, DIY human kickstand! Thanks for the instructions!

PS: thinking of replacing the lacrosse ball with an Ergocap® High Performance Crutch Rubber Tip pictured below. Another lacrosse ball is a heck of a lot cheaper but we'll see.

KevinH231 made it! (author)2016-06-01

Great project! Loved it when I saw it and knew I had to make one. And then I did. :) Important reminder: This specific Schwinn seat slides forward and backward and tilts forward and backward. I had to keep adjusting mine until I found the perfect balance for it being able to stand on its own AND, more importantly, wanting to lean forward when I put weight on it instead of backward.

saeledbetts (author)2014-09-20

Nice and easy. I would recommend a wide at though.

myers186 (author)saeledbetts2016-01-24

Help--can someone tell me what chair is pictured above??? It would be much appreciate--glad I found this forum!

Looks great! Happy leaning!

progress126 made it! (author)2015-11-26

I recently built a standing desk out of pallets and was looking for an alternate to a tall stool to sit on when I needed to take a break from standing. A quick Google search lead me to this Instructable and I just had to make it! It definitely was easy to make and coworkers are amazed at how comfortable it is. I still have the original rubber tip on it and I've already worn through it and may have to splurge and buy the Hugo one mentioned. I am thinking of alternate tips like a lacrosse ball or something similar. I did find these tips intended for hiking poles and wonder if anyone has modified/used one. Anyways, thanks for posting this Instructable!

jrivenba (author)2015-08-25

I just made one and it's working great. Excellent design and easy to make. Thank you!

Indy V Dual (author)2015-08-13

I just made one with the Hurrycane. Don't use the Hurrycane unless you are over 6 foot. It was a lot of work cutting it down to size.

However, my ending product seems to be pretty nice so far.

Kithplana (author)2015-06-14

I just made this using the bicycle seat you recommended and the "As Seen On TV" Trusty Cane (which has a wide, flexible tip). It cost me about $30 on Amazon. I like the range of motion I get with the flexible tip and I thought it might be less prone to sliding around, or weird balance issues, than a fixed tip. So far, so good. Thanks for the great project!

Nishidake (author)Kithplana2015-06-26

I've been thinking I'd like to make one with the similar HurryCane and it sounds like it's been working well for you. Are you using it on carpet or a hard surface?

Kithplana (author)Nishidake2015-06-26

I'm using it on carpet and it stays put.

Nishidake (author)2015-06-26

So. Making. This. Just genius. Has anyone tried building this with a Hurrycane like this one pictured? It's supposed to have a pivoting foot joint so I wonder if it would provide more mobility and better "lean angle".

jhs made it! (author)2015-05-13

I built it. I like it! Thank you, Mr. Webb.

red3red3 (author)2015-02-09

Great idea. Doesn't look like it stands up on it's own.

How solid is the quad-tip thing? If you mounted it to a platform base, would it hold screws coming from below? Would it be sturdy enough to hold up the heavy seat?

Mine stands up on its own. The cane tip if quite solid and it's holding up very well. The bicycle seat is not very heavy, so I don't think you'd need to use screws.

hi808 (author)2015-01-07

wonderful and very cheap

reberic made it! (author)2014-10-14

Thanks for sharing this great project - really clever idea. I'd been looking at new leaning chairs online and just couldn't bring myself to plunk down that kind of dough. Saw this and then picked up a brand new cane at the Habitat for Humanity store for $7.50. Used Schwinn comfort seat for $19.99 at the used sporting good store. 30 minutes later I've got a standing desk. The seat is a little narrow but it works. So far it mostly reminds me to use it to lean against rather than sit upon. Not sure how slip-resistant the feet will be. But I can put down a rubber mat to help keep it stable.

It looks good and sturdy!

john.e.9 made it! (author)2014-10-13

This thing is Awesome!!! I have a lot of movement for my little space, I can shift my weight without worrying about slipping. The bike seat doesn't have that ball buster on it--this has totally replaced my office chair. Love it.

Glad you're enjoying it. It really is a whole new world at when you're not slouching all day.

JayW1 (author)2014-10-06

Follow-up, as a public service. I'm returning the bicycle seat and sticking with the Mogo chair. I think the concept of this DYI is great and it will no doubt work for some, but for me The Schwinn No Pressure bicycle seat was just too narrow for my bum. A wider bike seat would work great. For now, I've folded a towel on the Mogo human kickstand for added padding and it's working fine.

JayW1 (author)2014-09-25

I made this....super easy to build and works well! I've also used the Mogo kickstand by Focal Upright Furniture for 2 weeks, which sells for $125, and I can vouch that this is at least as good, the seat is much softer. I am looking for a wider seat however - if anyone has a line on a wider seat with little or no horn/nose, please post on here. Thanks!

JayW1 (author)2014-09-11


The seat seems a bit narrow, around 10" if I'm right (because it's a bicycle seat). Does that present any issues at all? Also, will that base provide enough friction for this to be used on a hard floor? Thx!

Jonathan.R.M.Webb (author)JayW12014-09-14

The seat fits me fine. I do believe it's a 10 inch wide seat. I know there are wider out there. Since you're not actually sitting on it, I don't find any issues. Also the lack of a horn on the seat doesn't cause any stress issues on the crotch area.

JayW1 (author)JayW12014-09-11

I see now you stated it works fine on hardwood. I would be using mine on a vinyl floor sometimes.

JayW1 (author)2014-09-07

Thanks for publishing this. I was looking at the Focal Upright Mogo chair for $125 as a possibility, but this looks like a good cheaper alternative. Can you give us an update on your experience with this ingenious creation? Also, I'm looking at the Hugo Quadpod cane with the wide base tip already included with it, but I'm concerned about whether it's long enough. I see it's listed as extending up to 39", but I don't know how much of that is represented by the offset portion - can you estimate the max adjustable length of your setup? Thanks!

Jonathan.R.M.Webb (author)JayW12014-09-08

Still enjoying it at the office. Still finding it better on my back that slouching in my office chair. Unless you are a very tall person, I'd say up to 39 inches is about right for most people. I have very short legs (30.5 inseam), so my stool is set at 30 inches from the seat surface to the floor. The shortest I can set it is 22 inches, the longest is 33. 39 inches would be NBA sized I would think.

JayW1 (author)Jonathan.R.M.Webb2014-09-08

Thanks Jonathan, that answers my question! I THINK 33 inches would work for me but it may be right on the edge. The 39 inches was the listed pre-cut measurement of the Hugo Quadpod, I just wasn't sure how much of that would be lost with cutting the offset part, then added back with the seat height. Thanks again!

lattelicious (author)2014-08-31

A++ for effort & creativity!

3366carlos (author)2014-08-30

great idea, all parts can be gotten at a thrift store.

stubbsonic (author)2014-08-29

The other cool quality about this is that it is a portable seat-- with the bike seat detached it would easily fit in a back-pack for times when you know you'd be waiting a long time with no chair. Very cool. Bookmarking this for sure!

SuperPollo (author)2014-08-28

Cool solution to the sitting issue, but the way you are leaning, is it comfortable? I do not mean the seat but your body position. Could you stand like that for 2 hours straight?
Either way, nice project.

I have a tendency to move about, so I'd never be seated even in a chair for 2 hours straight. I have used it for long periods and it's stable enough to move your feet, and reposition. It's a learning curve as well to get away from slouching. You're force to have a pretty straight back.

GREAT! I hope some day I need to make this instructable! :)

tbaltz (author)2014-08-28

Very cool man!!

Boygasmo (author)2014-08-28

Is that comfortable?

I find it comfortable. Since it's a padded bicycle seat with no horn on it, it doesn't hit any sensitive areas. I supposed you could even put a gel seat cover over it to make it even more cushy.

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