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Sunday, May 1, 2016

How to Make & Upholster An Ottoman

Ottomans are a wonderful addition to any home.  Perfect to prop your feet up on, how about using one as a coffee table, or as an extra seat when you need it.


 We don't have an entry, so the ottoman is the perfect dropping zone for me when I come in the door.  Packages, purse and of course my shoes usually get dumped first thing.




 Finding just the right one can be a challenge, so why not make your own.  I made this one years ago.  So easy - plus I can have the size and color I want.


It's also perfect for that extra seat when I need it.


OK, let's take a look at how to make one.  Really easy, let's start with mine when I recovered it last time.  (This is from my original post a couple years ago and is still one of my most copied posts.)

This is what mine looked like.  Time for an upholstery change.


 I love this fabric, and the muted pattern looks great with the rest of my furniture.


 Ok, time to start.  I unscrewed the feet,  (they are actually drapery rod finials)  and took the bottom dust cover off.


 Next I unscrewed the top from the base and removed my current fabric.  Woops, looks like I just recovered over the first fabric.  This time I need to remove everything down to the batting.  So a ton more staples to remove.


Here you can see just how simple it is to make an ottoman.  The base is just some 1x6 boards with some 2x4  corner blocks.  It is wrapped with upholstery batting and then my new fabric.


 The top part of the ottoman is just cut from plywood, covered with 4 inch foam and then wrapped with batting and my new fabric.  Super easy project.  Now all I have to do is make the cording to go between the two pieces and then screw them together.  You can sew cording or use hot glue.  Just a strip of fabric with cording (rope) sandwiched between the strip.  Easy.  Tutotial for cording here.


 (The cording is stapled to the bottom base and then the top is screwed on from underneath.  Finish by adding the dust cover stapled to the bottom and attach the legs.)   All done, the cording is a great finishing touch and I love the decorative finial legs.

Tip - You can use a 1x12 for a taller ottoman and you can hinge the top if you want storage.


When not in use, it stores underneath the buffet in the dining area.  Perfect for that extra seat you need in a pinch.



Now if you need an ottoman and don't find what you want, or the size you need - This is a really easy project and one you can create for just a few dollars in just a few hours.

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19 comments:

  1. Brilliant, and it looks beautiful in the new fabric.

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  2. Your ottoman is beautiful! I also love your black and white table cover!! Do you mind saying where you found it?

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    1. It comes from Boscov's and the 70 inch round comes in several colors and is only $7.99 - - http://www.boscovs.com/shop/prod/lintex-buffalo-check-tablecloth/94295.htm

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  3. You make it look so very easy and the end result is amazing. Thank you for sharing how to recover an ottoman. Yours turned out quite beautiful.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

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  4. Beautiful Marti...I wish you would have showed the "how to" for the cording though

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    1. You can find a tutorial for how to make the cording here. - - http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2010/06/decorator-pillow-tutorial.html

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  5. Gorgeous Marty! I love the fabric you chose! It looks amazing! Have a great weekend! ;)

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  6. I want your shoes!
    Love the ottoman, this be the next project for my friend and I who meet several times a month to sew. Keep up the good posting, love all you share, especially your yearly beauty redo's.

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  7. My hubby just said last week that I need an ottoman to put my feet up when I'm sitting on the sofa.......I'm gonna have him make me the frame. After all, it was his idea!!

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  8. My hubby just said last week that I need an ottoman to put my feet up when I'm sitting on the sofa.......I'm gonna have him make me the frame. After all, it was his idea!!

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  9. Pinned this for future projects...xo

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  10. Awesome project, Marty! Love the new fabric.

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  11. Marty you ottoman is fabulous! Thanks for showing how easy it is to make something so beautiful! After I read and pinned this, I emailed to my husband. Even though we live in the same house, getting the occasional email from me can make a definite impact. Have a great rest of your weekend.

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  12. Marty you ottoman is fabulous! Thanks for showing how easy it is to make something so beautiful! After I read and pinned this, I emailed to my husband. Even though we live in the same house, getting the occasional email from me can make a definite impact. Have a great rest of your weekend.

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  13. Marty, nice work on your beautiful ottoman. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas, especially love using drapery rod finials for feet...genius! If you ever decide to sell some of your beautiful designer bags, please let me know. You have great taste!

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  14. Nice tutorial! Your home is lovely. Thanks for such great photos and instructions. Happy May :)

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  15. I just may have to try this project! I have been looking for a small ottoman for a while and just haven't been able to find what I want. :)

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  16. This is gorgeous- that fabric is so chic and modern. This is a GREAT tutorial, Marty.

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