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Saturday, January 29, 2011

How To Make An Ottoman



 After I said I had made my ottoman, I've had so many people ask me how to make one.  So here are very simple instructions.  It really is so easy.



 Just determine the size of ottoman you want and build a box.  I used 1"x6"pine boards for the sides of the bottom section of the ottoman.  Just nail them together in a box.  Then take a 2x4 piece of wood and cut to fit the corners on both the top and bottom of the box.  Screw the corner cross pieces in so your box is very sturdy.  Also cut a piece of plywood the size of your box.  That's all the construction that is necessary.  A hand saw is really all you need.


Next, cut a piece of heavy batting 61/2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the box and staple it on in a few places.  Then cut a piece of fabric 71/2 inches wide and long enough to go around the box allowing for a seam allowance.  Sew the fabric together and make sure it is going to be a really tight fit.  Then just slip it over the box placing the seam on one corner.  Staple it to the top and bottom edge of the box.  After that is stapled, cover some large cording and staple that on top of the box, again leaving the joining edge on the corner.  See the below picture.


 This picture shows the fabric pulled under the box and stapled.


 Now, take your piece of plywood and cover it with a 4" piece of foam cut to size.  Then cover that with a thick piece of batting, trimming corners so they lay flat around the foam.  Next cut a piece of fabric large enough to cover all of it and enough to pull around and staple to the bottom of the plywood.  Pull the fabric taught, but do not stretch so much that you loose the shape of the foam and batting.  Make a simple pleat at the corners and staple down.  See below picture.  When done place it on top of the bottom section and then screw the top and bottom together at the 4 corner braces. 


 Turn in over and take a scrap of black fabric and staple it to the bottom as a dust cover and to give it a more professional look.  Now just pick out the legs that you want and screw them into the cross braces in the 4 bottom corners and you are done.


This really is such an easy project and you can have any size you want, covered in any fabric you want.


I hope this all made sense.  I can't wait to see all the ones you create.

Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

35 comments:

  1. Marty, your finished ottoman is beautiful. Your instructions are clear and concise - even I understand them LOL!
    Best wishes
    Rose H

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  2. I am so impressed -- you can make a living making ottomans!

    Congratulations on a job well done!

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  3. SO Impressive Marty,
    Every project you do is perfect and SO wonderful. You make it all look SO Easy too... Wow, you have so many talents!
    Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  4. Wow,Marty! Gorgeous! You are truly the smartest one and I believe you can do anything!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  5. Gorgeous! Think I'll have to try one some day. I've always thought I could do it. Think I saw Christopher Lowell make one years ago and decided to 'file' it in my brain somewhere.
    ~Adrienne~

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  6. Marty, this came out so nice. The fabric is to die for, and the little feet are just so cute.

    Pattie

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  7. Nice! I'm gonna have to put hubby to work on one of these in the near future. He got a new nail/staple gun thingie for Christmas and he's been dying to use it! I believe I've found the perfect thing for him to break it in on! Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  8. Marty, thank you for sharing the details on this. I have a large pillow I've wanted to turn into the top of an ottoman. You have inspired me! ~ Sarah

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  9. I cannot believe you made this! How talented you are, Marty! I've been wanting one of these. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Brenda

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  10. This is great! I just scored a big FREE round ottoman I am going to recover for a coffee table. I almost think it might be easier to start all over and make yours! Hmmmm....

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  11. You did a fabulous job on this ottoman, Marty! I love the fabric choice, too!

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  12. Great job! Love how easy this came together and how fantastic it looks. I am going to have to give it a try.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. What a great tutorial you did! I am going to make one! We just got a new leather couch, and hubbys is dark too, Need some pattern in the room, and you must have done this tutorial just for ME! I'll let you know how mine turns out. Have to decide on fabric first. Thanks - jo in MN

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  14. That looks pretty professional Marty!! I am very impressed, looks fabulous!

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  15. That is beautiful! I love the feet!

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  16. CUTE! I remember we were standing in A Second Look and you told CK and me how to do this. It really is so pretty! :)

    ~Liz

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  17. Marty, your ottoman is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this idea! I've been wanting a new ottoman and can't wait to give this a try.

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  18. Marty....you are quite a clever gal. I have an ottoman I plan to recover.....you've inspired me :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  19. Marty,
    Amazing! You did a wonderful job with instructions!Since little to no sewing was needed. .. even I might attempt to make an ottoman!
    You are such an inspiration!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  20. Wow, you are so talented! I never thought of making my own ottoman. I don't have a need for one (I have two) but yours looks great!
    ~Crystal

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  21. Hi Marty, You are so funny talking like we all build wooden boxes everyday :). You almost lost me at the addition of the top foam... This is seriously lovely and looks pro all the way. Blessings, Kim

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  22. Marty!
    You are so talented!

    A great tut...Nicely done!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  23. Marty,
    You make this look so easy and yet it's stunning. With your instructions, I think I would be willing to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing this with us and telling us how you did it. Your home is beautiful.

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  24. YOU are clever, Marty! There was a day that I would not have hesitated..but for some reason..don't know why, I know I won't make one. But..I can't wait to see how others do.
    It really is lovely though. Wish I still had the will to do things like that. :)
    Hope your weekend is going beautifully, Marty.

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  25. Sheesh Marty! That's one professional job! You could make a living making those *winks* Vanna

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  26. That is fabulous Marty~ Really fabulous!
    Thanks for the instructions, you rock girlfriend!
    Big Hugs,
    Cindy

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  27. I am so pumped after seeing yours and reading your directions. You did a great job of explaining and I believe I really could do one. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Very nice! I've been on the lookout for a new ottoman. I just might make my own now!

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  29. Good Morning Marty, Thanks for a fun post girl..only you could make it look easy..I bet those corners were hard to do?? Hope you have a GREAT Sunday my Dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  30. Wow, Marty, this is amazing! I've made a couple of ottomans, but mine look nowhere near as good as yours. Your sewing skills really help! Thank you for inspiring me to try again!

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  31. Loving your ottoman Marty and your tray and lantern redo!!

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  32. I am bookmarking this! What a Great Idea! Thanks for the directions!!!

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  33. Hello Marty!
    What a lovely ottoman..very professional looking. I was just thinking about looking for one of these at the flea market but this would be much better as I can make it exactly the size I need! Thanks for the inspiration...Maura :)

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  34. I've been all over the internet looking for a SIMPLE make it yourself ottoman...and then I found your site! Love the one you made for yourself and can't wait to make my own! Thank you for the simple instructions and photos!

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