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January 20, 2012

Ottoman Tutorial | DIY Ottoman $50 | Emma's Nursery

I do not hesitate to invest in furniture pieces that will last a lifetime.  Somethings, however, I can't stand to spend money on.  For Emma's nursery (to see all of the photos, click here!), we spent our money on the Crib and Chair.  I knew I would need a high quality and comfortable chair, and we selected a classic crib that will never go out of style so I didn't mind spending the money on those two items.

When we went to order the ottoman that went along with the rocker/glider from Pottery Barn Kids, I was shocked that it was almost $450!  For a little padded box?  I just couldn't do it.  So, Mike and I set out on a mission to create our own matching ottoman.  With great success we created a perfectly suited version for less than $50.  We were so excited that we made a coffee table version for our living room, too.

DIY Ottoman Materials : 

4" Foam Pad
Soft Wool Batting
Staple Gun & Staples
Cream Twill
4 Furniture Legs

Here is the photo DIY :

Mike made a box out of plywood screwed together.

 We topped it with a 4" piece of foam.
 Then covered the entire top and sides with batting, stapling it underneath.
 We turned the box over, foam side down to cover the box.

 We repeated the step with a soft wool batting for a smooth finish under the final twill upholstery fabric.

 I covered the entire thing in a cream twill upholstery that I ordered from Pottery Barn to match the chair.  I created the cover by draping the fabric inside out, then tapering the sides with pins.  Then I sewed seems down the sides and where the pins were to create a tight slip cover.  I trimmed the excess and then stapled it underneath.  To finish, I glued a square of fabric on the underside of the ottoman for a finished look. 
Here you can see how I pinned down the sides to create a tight slipcover.

To complete, just attach furniture legs.  We bought legs and the mounts at Home Depot for about $15 total... I'm still trying to decide if I like the legs we selected, or if I want something chunkier.  They have many other choices there.  After I decide, then I'll need to decide if I want to paint or stain them... or leave them natural.  Never ends!  I'll keep you posted on how I finish them!


  1. You make it look so easy! I just took a thrift store find chair and painted and recovered it. And I can only take credit for picking the fabric - had the upholstery guy do the rest! I actually blogged about this week...

  2. Anonymous8:56 AM

    You guys did a great job! Thank you for the tutorial...may have to try this one!
    All the best,
    Michelle - KC

  3. Jennifer Bridgman9:53 AM

    Awesome! I am going to try to make one to coordinate with a chair in our home office. Where did you purchase the legs for the ottoman?

  4. Whoa! This is awesome. Great job - and great tutorial. That seems easy!


  5. Anonymous6:41 PM

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nice job! What are the bare box dimensions (l,w,h) as well as details about the height of the legs? Thank you in advance.

  7. Great and easy! Will suggest this to my niece who I'm helping to decorate her new apartment.

  8. Fantastic! One question, how much fabric did you need to complete the project?

  9. Jenny Steffens Hobick6:42 PM

    Virginia - I used exactly 1 yard. I'm getting ready to recover it, so I'll include more details instructions!

  10. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Thanks so much for this lesson, it looks so easy.
    I am going to do one for my daughter.


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