Learn how to make an ottoman with this very detailed video tutorial. All of the steps are shown in this video. From building the wooden box, to upholstering the top and bottom sections of the ottoman. Now you can make an ottoman the size you need, and in the fabrics you love!
HOW TO MAKE AN OTTOMAN
During our home renovation about 4 years ago, we bought an off-white chair to go next to the fireplace. We didn’t buy the matching ottoman though because I wanted to try to make an ottoman myself – using a fabric that I had already chosen.
From the moment that I saw this fabric, I knew that I wanted to use it for our new ottoman. The fabric is from P Kaufmann – pattern Suzani and color Aquamarine. It ties in our navy couch and recliner and the off-white chairs that we have in our living room.
I love how the ottoman turned out, and it really wasn’t too hard to make. I wanted to share the tutorial for it so that you can make your own ottoman!
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I’ve created a video that shows how to make an ottoman, and I’ve also included the written instructions below. I would recommend that you watch the video though!
MATERIALS & SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE OTTOMAN
*Determine the size of your ottoman, and cut boards and plywood to the size you need. Below this materials and supplies list you’ll find the finished dimensions of our ottoman.
1″x 10″ boards – need 4 pieces to make a box
1″x 12″ board – need 1 piece for center support
4″x 4″x 96″ board – need 1 piece for each corner of box
3/4″ plywood for top piece
4″ foam cut to finished dimensions of ottoman
Fabric – Will need enough to cover top and box. I used approximately 3 1/2 yards of 54″ wide decorator fabric.
Piping or cording – 1/4″ – optional
Flannel interlining – optional – I like to cover the batting with interlining before attaching the fabric.
Drill and Phillips head bit
1 1/2″ Phillips head screws
3″ Phillips head screws
4 Legs and top plates to attach the legs to the ottoman corners
- Make a box using the 4 pieces of 1″ x 10″ and using the 1 1/2″ screws. Use 3 screws for each corner.
- Put one of the 4″ x 4″ cut boards in each corner of the box. Using the 3″ screws to attach the boards in each corner of the box.
- Place the center support ( 1″ x 12″ board) in the box, making sure that it’s centered. Screw the box to the center support at each end of the box.
- Place batting on table and lay the foam and then plywood on top of batting. Staple the batting to the top side of the plywood.
- Optional step – Place the flannel interlining on table and lay the batting and plywood on top. Staple the flannel to the top of the plywood.
- Lay the fabric wrong side up on table and lay the upholstered piece of plywood on the fabric plywood side up. Staple the fabric to the plywood.
- Optional step – Make cording or piping and staple around the edge of the plywood on top of fabric. You can see my How To Make Cording Post HERE.
- Cover the outside of the box with batting.
- Optional step – Cover the batting on the box with flannel interlining.
- Make a loop of fabric to go over the outside edges of the box over the batting and flannel. There will be a seam at each corner of the box. (Measure the circumference of the box to know how big to make the loop of fabric.
- Staple the fabric to the edges of the box.
- Screw the center support board on the bottom box section to the plywood of the top section. making sure to screw the boards together in several places.
- Screw the leg plates to each of the 4″ x 4″ corner boards, and screw on each of the legs to the plates.