14 ways to make a cute DIY ottoman

How to choose materials for an ottoman

What to sew a cover for an ottoman from

As a rule, an ottoman consists of a frame, a filler and a cover. The latter is best sewn from a dense, durable fabric. Good options are:

  • tapestry canvases;
  • velours;
  • jacquard;
  • velvet;
  • natural and artificial leather.

You can also make a cover from improvised materials: unnecessary curtains, an old coat or a leather jacket.

How to fill a pouffe

The choice of filler depends on the shape of the ottoman and the method of its manufacture, as well as on whether there are allergy sufferers in the house. Here are the most common options:

  • foam rubber;
  • synthetic winterizer;
  • sawdust and shavings;
  • down and feather;
  • buckwheat husk ;
  • expanded polystyrene granules;
  • holofiber;
  • the cloth.

How to make an ottoman from a plastic bucket

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What you need

  • Plastic bucket with a flat lid;
  • cover fabric;
  • fleece;
  • synthetic winterizer;
  • a piece of tourist foam or polyethylene foam;
  • glue gun;
  • construction stapler;
  • scissors;
  • ruler;
  • needle ;
  • threads;
  • pencil;
  • a piece of chalk.

How to do

If the bucket has a handle, remove it, you won’t need it.

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Divide the fleece lengthwise into wide strips with scissors. You also need to cut out two circles from it, repeating the size of the bottom and lid of the bucket.

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Apply glue to the bucket and wrap it with fleece strips until it has a regular cylindrical shape, without protrusions. If the container is initially even, then just a few turns of fabric will be enough, just to make the ottoman soft.

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Glue a layer of padding polyester over the fleece.

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Attach the edges of the synthetic winterizer to the bottom of the bucket.

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Glue the fleece circle cut to the size of the bottom over the wrapped edges of the synthetic winterizer so that the lower part of the ottoman looks neat.

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Place the lid of the bucket (or any other disc of suitable size) on the foam and circle it with a pencil.

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Cut out the circle along the outline.

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Glue the foam to the lid.

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Wrap the lid with synthetic winterizer and fix it on the back with a stapler.

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Measure the height and circumference of the ottoman bucket. Lay a strip on the cover fabric, adding 5–6 cm to the width, and cut it out.

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If the edges of the fabric are fraying, overcast them or fix them with glue. Trim off the excess.

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Wrap the ottoman with the fabric of the cover so that the margin in width falls on the top of the product, and sew the edges of the cloth firmly with threads.

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Gently glue the edges of the cover to the fleece bottom of the ottoman.

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Wrap the excess fabric inside the bucket and attach to its walls.

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Glue a strip of fleece over the folded-in edge.

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Put the bucket lid on the fabric from the cover and draw a circle with a radius of 10 cm more than it. Cut it out.

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Wrap the lid in the resulting circle and bend the edges of the matter onto it.

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Secure in the middle with three or four stapler staples. This is necessary to temporarily fix the fabric, later they will need to be removed.

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Carefully staple the canvas around the entire circumference of the lid, retreating about 3 cm from the edge. After that, remove the temporary staples in the center.

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Trim off excess fabric.

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On top, glue a fleece circle the size of the lid to mask the staples and cut edges.

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You can watch the full instructions in this video:

What other options are there

You can decorate an ottoman made from a bucket with a carriage tie:

Or give it this original two-part shape:

How to make an ottoman without a solid fabric frame

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What you need

  • glue gun;
  • scissors;
  • 3 woven rugs measuring 50 × 80 cm or a sheet for a cover of the same size;
  • 6 unnecessary pillows or special filler;
  • 2 old towels

How to do

Place two rugs together and glue their short sides together.

Turn this piece inside out. Make an inward cross fold in the middle of one of the rugs and glue it down to create a fake seam. Repeat the same with the other rug. This maneuver is needed so that the finished ottoman has four corners. If you have questions about how to do this, then watch the video below.

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Turn the cover inside out with the seams and stuff it with pillows .

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Cut out the bottom and top of the ottoman from the third rug.

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Glue the bottom on all four sides.

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Turn the ottoman over, check if it is stuffed tightly enough.

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Glue the top on three sides.

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Pull the cushions out through the only unglued side.

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Turn the cover inside out with the seams.

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Stuff the ottoman with pillows, put towels in the middle to make it even denser.

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Wrap the edges of the remaining hole inward and glue.

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Here is a detailed video instruction for making this ottoman:

What other options are there

Another quick and budget way to make an ottoman without a solid frame:

And if you have a sewing machine, you can make this version:

How to make an ottoman from plastic bottles

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What you need

  • Plastic bottles with a volume of 0.5 l (34–36 pieces);
  • thick cardboard;
  • reinforced tape;
  • glue gun;
  • a round shape with a diameter of 27–30 cm (for example, a lid), you can also use a compass;
  • pencil;
  • scissors;
  • foam rubber;
  • upholstery fabric;
  • decorative braid 3–3.5 cm wide.

How to do

Lay the round shape on the cardboard and trace around.

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Cut out the resulting shape. Four of these will be needed for the base of the ottoman and 5-10 – depending on the thickness of the cardboard – for the jumper.

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Glue the bottles with caps to the cardboard circle, placing them tightly together. On average, 17 bottles are placed on one such platform.

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Wrap the bottles with tape , pulling them tightly together.

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Glue another cardboard circle on top.

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Repeat all the same steps to create the second blank for the ottoman.

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Glue each blank with foam rubber, tightly tighten the ends and fix them with tape.

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Cut off the excess from the bottom, and leave a supply of foam rubber 1.5–2 cm wide on top.

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Carefully cover each blank with upholstery fabric. Work slowly, applying glue only to the area that is in use right now. The fabric should tightly and without folds fit the workpiece.

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Bend the edge of the upholstery to the bottom, attach with a gun. Bend the other edge of the upholstery to the top of the workpiece, put it in the recess between the foam rubber and cardboard, glue it.

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Place a few cardboard circles fastened together on top in the recess. Their total thickness should be approximately 5 cm. Glue.

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Apply glue on top of the cardboard circles and place the second ottoman blank on them with the indentation up. You should get two cylinders connected by a jumper. Please note: both cylinders are stacked on top of each other!

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Measure the circumference of the jumper and prepare a ribbon of the appropriate length.

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Apply glue to the cardboard element.

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Fasten the tape to the jumper, pulling it tightly and masking the cardboard discs. If the braid is too thin, you can first glue a paper or thin plastic base under it.

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Take the last of the cardboard parts and cut a circle of synthetic winterizer according to its size. Fasten the synthetic winterizer and cardboard elements with a gun.

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Paste the circle with upholstery fabric and glue it into the upper recess of the ottoman.

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This video tutorial will help you get it right:

What other options are there

From large plastic bottles, you can make such an ottoman:

How to make an ottoman from boards or chipboard

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What you need

  • Boards or chipboard at least 50 cm wide and 1 cm thick;
  • timber 2–2.5 cm thick;
  • saw or jigsaw ;
  • ruler;
  • roulette;
  • pencil;
  • nails from 3 cm long;
  • a hammer;
  • screwdriver or screwdriver;
  • glue;
  • construction stapler;
  • synthetic winterizer;
  • foam rubber measuring 50 × 50 cm;
  • upholstery fabric measuring 70 × 215 cm;
  • lining fabric;
  • sewing machine;
  • needle and thread ;
  • scissors;
  • 4 short furniture legs;
  • self-tapping screws for fixing furniture legs;
  • drill;
  • nozzle for drilling holes with a diameter of 3 cm;
  • 5 large buttons.

How to do

Mark the wooden elements and cut out the blanks. You will need six boards measuring 50 x 50 cm, two boards measuring 46 x 46 cm and two pieces of timber. Calculate the length of each of the latter using the formula L u003d 50 – 2T, where L is the desired length of the beam, and T is the thickness of the boards from which you make the ottoman. For example, if the boards are 1 cm thick, then the length of the timber will be as follows: 50 − 2 × 1 = 48 cm.

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Prepare four boards measuring 50 × 50 cm. In one of them, stepping back from the edge of the canvas 0.5 cm, drive three nails shallowly at an equal distance from each other.

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Lubricate the end of the second board with glue, put the first one on it and drive in the intended nails to the end. So the connections will be as strong as possible.

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Put together four details of the future ottoman in this way into a figure resembling a cube. Please note that each next board is placed flat on the end of the previous one.

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Lubricate the ends of the timber with glue. Insert it as a spacer between the boards of the cube and nail it on three sides. Parallel to this part, as shown in the picture, fasten the second beam. The bottom of the ottoman will lie on them.

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Fasten the edge of the padding polyester in the corner of the cube with a construction stapler.

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Lubricate each side of the cube with glue and wrap with padding polyester.

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For reliability, fasten the edge of the synthetic winterizer with a stapler.

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Remove excess with scissors, leaving a 2 cm allowance on both sides.

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Cut the corners of the allowance so that wrinkles do not form when you bend the padding polyester inward.

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Sew the short edges of the upholstery together from the inside out.

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Turn right side out and pull over cube.

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Fold the rest of the fabric inward and secure with a stapler.

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Attach the lining fabric along the inner edge of the upholstery with a stapler, bending it inward around the perimeter.

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You should get such an ottoman with a lining inside.

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Cut out a square from the lining fabric, fold its edges inward and pull it over the side of the ottoman where the bars are nailed. Fix with a stapler.

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Screw the furniture legs with self-tapping screws into the corners of the workpiece.

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Glue a board measuring 46 × 46 cm with lining material, fix the fabric with a stapler from the wrong side. Repeat the same with the second board of this size.

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Insert one of the resulting elements into the ottoman with the fabric up – this will be the bottom.

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On a board measuring 50 × 50 cm, draw diagonals with a pencil, set aside 35 cm from the center on each and mark with dots.

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Drill holes in the center and at the points provided. There should be five in total.

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Glue a square of foam rubber of the same size on top of this board.

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On the wooden side, pierce the foam with a screwdriver in five places through the prepared holes – so that it is clear where to drill next.

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Use the hole puncher to make five circles in the foam.

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Lubricate the foam with glue.

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Glue the synthetic winterizer to the foam rubber, bend its edges to the back of the board and cut off the excess.

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Lay the upholstery on the synthetic winterizer, pull it and fix it with a stapler on a wooden surface.

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Cut off the excess, smooth it out, check that all the folds look neat.

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Sew on the buttons by passing the needle and thread through the previously drilled holes. Pull the threads so that the buttons are slightly buried in the fabric, and fasten on the back of the board with a stapler. The lid is almost ready.

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Take the rest of the backing board, lay it fabric side up exactly in the center of the lid on the wrong side, and nail it in the corners.

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Place the cover on the ottoman.

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This video shows the whole process in detail:

What other options are there

Here the cover of the ottoman becomes part-time stand:

And here is an ottoman with high legs:

How to make an ottoman from a tire

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What you need

  • Car tire;
  • 2 plywood discs with a diameter slightly larger than the inner diameter of the tire;
  • knife ;
  • drill;
  • rope;
  • glue;
  • furniture legs;
  • self-tapping screws;
  • gloves.

How to do

Place a plywood disk in the center on the tire and screw it with self-tapping screws.

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Turn the workpiece over and screw the second plywood circle on the other side.

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Wear gloves to keep your hands clean. Apply glue to the center of the plywood disk and lay the end of the rope, folded into a snail, on it. Let the fixing compound grab: the rope should hold well.

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Lubricate the surfaces of plywood and tires with glue, lay the rope on them in a spiral coil to coil. Wrap the entire ottoman with such tight rings, leave only the bottom surface empty.

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On it, outline the places for the legs.

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Screw on the legs.

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Here is how this ottoman is made:

What other options are there

In the same technique, you can also make an ottoman with storage space:

And here is another way to use a car tire for making furniture:

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