28 Awesome DIY Ottoman Plans & Ideas You Can Make Right Now
An ottoman is one of the most versatile and accented pieces of furniture you will probably find for your home. It can serve as an impromptu dining table, a stool, hidden storage or even a coffee table.
But do you know how easy it is to make one? Yes, you can build your own DIY ottoman and you don’t even need to be a seasoned crafter.
What's more? You don't need to be a professional carpenter or tailor to manage most of these projects. Moreover, most of the materials needed are readily available.
In other words, making a DIY ottoman is an easy-peasy undertaking that hardly runs out of fun.
And if you don’t know where to start, the following 28 examples should give you the inspiration you need.
Let's have fun!
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- 1. DIY $20 Cubes Ottoman
- 2. DIY Leather Upholstered Storage Ottoman
- 3. $50 Rug Outdated Ottoman
- 4. DIY Ottoman Coffee Table with Zebra Printed Fabric
- 5. DIY Ottoman Built From Scratch
- 6. Easy-to-Make Storage Ottoman
- 7. KARA’s DIY Tufted Ottoman
- 8. DIY Upholstered Storage Ottoman
- 9. DIY Pouf Ottoman Cube
- 10. DIY Faux Fur Ottoman
- 11. Thrift Store Coffee Table DIY Tufted Ottoman
- 12. Old Tire Rope Ottoman
- 13. DIY Tufted Ikat Ottoman
- 14. Simple DIY Oversized Ottoman
- 15. Indoor or Outdoor DIY Pouf Ottoman
- 16. Diamond Tufted Homemade Foot Rest
- 17. The Reupholstered DIY Ottoman
- 18. The Spruced Up Ottoman
- 19. Giant Knit Pumpkins Ottoman
- 20. Ottoman from Coffee Table
- 21. Ottoman on A Wooden Chest
- 22. The 2x4 Wooden Ottoman
- 23. MDF Ottoman
- 24. Pleather Homemade Ottoman
- 25. Quilted DIY Ottoman
- 26. Old Milk Crate Ottoman
- 27. Electrical Spool Ottoman
- 28. The 5-Gallon Bucket DIY Ottoman
1. DIY $20 Cubes Ottoman
This DIY ottoman by Ana White is probably one of the cheapest-to-make ottoman ideas you will come across. It is really easy to make and requires no special skills or even materials.
As such, you can make as many as possible depending on your needs and budget.
Materials needed are boards of different sizes, yard batting, thick cardboard, foam and slip cover (yard decorator fabric).
Also, you will need to sew the clip cover which is pretty easy and fun too. And if you want the ottoman to match your decor, you can always choose a slip cover of different color or prints.
2. DIY Leather Upholstered Storage Ottoman
DIY leather upholstered storage ottomans come in handy for homes with limited space. However, it can be very expensive to buy one from the store.
Luckily, you can save money by making your own at home. Despite involving a lot of wood and sewing work, this ottoman is not as hard to make as it looks.
Not to mention, it is very versatile offering a storage area for your stuff including blankets and sheets.
You just need a couple of boards, wood glue, leather, batting, wooden bun feet, foam and upholstery tack strips.
Moreover, covering it with the leather gives it a trendy, high-end look. And as you might be aware, leather is quite durable and easy to maintain as well.
3. $50 Rug Outdated Ottoman
If you already have an outdated ottoman, you can easily give it a new look to fit your style. This DIY ottoman project is simply brilliant and makes a very attractive piece of furniture.
What’s more, the entire project only costs around $50 which is the cost of the printed cotton rugs. Furthermore, it is easy to make and there is no sewing work to worry about.
Therefore, depending on your skills, you should be able to complete the project within a couple of hours.
Plus, you can customize it with whatever fabric you want to complement your style. It's always a good idea to consider the color of your sofa when choosing a fabric for your ottoman.
4. DIY Ottoman Coffee Table with Zebra Printed Fabric
Even the simplest ottoman can cost hundreds of dollars. However, you can craft this fabric covered ottoman for a fraction of the price.
Some of the materials you will need to pull off this ottoman design include a coffee table, fabric and, foam for extra padding.
In addition, this ottoman is easy and fun to make especially if you have someone to help you around. It will probably take you 4 hours or less to complete the project.
Last but not least, you can customize it by using your choice of fabric and paint the legs to give it a more stylish look.
5. DIY Ottoman Built From Scratch
Just because you don’t have anything to up-cycle does not mean you cannot make homemade ottomans.
This DIY project shows you how to build a unique ottoman from scratch and within a short period of time.
You need a cushion, yards of fabric, wooden feet, wood for the base, batting and a few staples for connecting the fabric to the board.
Depending on where you source your materials from and the size of your ottoman, the total cost of the project is around $60.
The ottoman features a storage area that you can use to store anything you want including blankets or toys and will also support the weight of feet and bums.
6. Easy-to-Make Storage Ottoman
This homemade ottoman is a great way to maximize small spaces and organize clutter around the house.
More so, you can use it to store away your household items and at the same time as a coffee table or a footrest.
At first glance, it looks like a lot of work but it is not. It just needs a bit of woodworking and upholstering work.
In addition, you will need pine board, plywood, cushion, fabric, thick poly foam, batting, and legs to craft this ottoman.
Furthermore, you can easily customize the size of this fabric covered ottoman as well as the print of the fabric to your style.
7. KARA’s DIY Tufted Ottoman
You can choose to build this DIY tufted ottoman using your current coffee table or from scratch. Of course, it will be cheaper if you are going to use a coffee table.
However, if you choose to construct it from scratch, you will need plywood, button tufts, foam, extra loft batting and fabric cover.
Besides, you can make it mostly from reclaimed materials around the house or from your local thrift shop and it will only cost you about $35 or less.
Also, this ottoman is incredibly functional and offers plenty of customization options. As such, it can make a great piece of furniture for any home.
8. DIY Upholstered Storage Ottoman
Everything about this DIY ottoman is easy from building the frame to upholstering it. What’s more, there is a step-by-step tutorial that is well detailed and easy to follow.
The ottoman is made from plywood or hardboard, batting, yards of fabric, polyfill, and fabric covered button kit.
For the fabric, you should use one that complements your style. In addition, you can reuse filling from old pillows for the poly filling to save on costs.
No doubt, it can be a little bit of a long process but in the end, it will be worth it. And did we mention how fun it is?
9. DIY Pouf Ottoman Cube
If you are looking for cheap furniture to amp up the friendliness of your sitting room, this versatile DIY pouf ottoman is a great choice.
You can use it as a table, a footrest or even as a stool because it is both soft and very comfortable.
It is easy to construct whether your sewing skills are that of a beginner or intermediate. In fact, you just need to spare a couple of hours of an afternoon to make it.
All you need is yards of fabric, zipper, upholstery thread, yards of piping and a bag of polystyrene balls and you will be enjoying your pouf ottoman in no time.
10. DIY Faux Fur Ottoman
A wonderful addition to the form and function of your space, this DIY ottoman can be used in the living room, bedroom or home office.
Some of the materials you will need include wood, foam and faux sheepskin rugs. For the wood, you can reuse wood from other projects to minimize costs.
Of course, one of the greatest things about this ottoman is its customization. You can make it in any size you want and use any color of rugs.
Built to be very fluffy and comfortable, you will want just to toss your feet up there anytime - all at a fraction of the cost.
11. Thrift Store Coffee Table DIY Tufted Ottoman
This DIY ottoman is made from an old coffee table which is not expensive in case you have to buy one from the store.
Apart from the table, you will need foam, spray adhesive, paint, batting and of course a fabric of your choice.
The entire project is not costly and you could save even more by reusing materials. However, it can be time-consuming especially if you don’t have some basic sewing skills.
But overall, you should be able to pull off this design without having to spend a lot.
12. Old Tire Rope Ottoman
For this ottoman, you will need a used or new tire, natural sisal twisted cord, hot glue gun, concentrated brush sealer and a cloth.
The ottoman is as simple as covering the tire with a rope to give it a stylish and unique look. While it is easy to make, it can be a little bit time-consuming.
However, you don’t need skills to create this ottoman. The tutorial available for this design is enough to help you get started.
Take a look at the simple steps for an inspiration to make one.
13. DIY Tufted Ikat Ottoman
Pallets are quite common with many DIY projects. But did you know you can also build an ottoman from up-cycled pallets?
All you need is the pallet, plywood for the base, a nice fabric for the upholstery, thick foam, batting and tufting buttons.
As for the size and the fabric of this ottoman, it all depends on what you want.
The entire project is estimated to cost around $73 if you can source some of the materials like pallet and plywood for free.
And on average, it might take you around 4 hours to have the ottoman ready.
14. Simple DIY Oversized Ottoman
This simple DIY oversized ottoman is quite trendy to look at and easy to make. It can be used just about anywhere at home from the bedroom to the living room and even in the bathroom.
Not to mention, it only takes a few hours to put it together.
In total, it is estimated to cost around $120 for the materials including foam, lumber, curtain panel, hardware and the feet/brackets.
Of course, it is cheap considering it is an oversized ottoman and you can customize it to match your style.
15. Indoor or Outdoor DIY Pouf Ottoman
This is totally a DIY sewing project. But if you don’t have any basic sewing skills, don’t worry because there is always a first time for everything.
Made from one yard of fabric and pillow forms or old quilts as stuffing, this ottoman is easy to make. But you will need a lot of stuffing to make it feel firm and puffy.
In addition, it requires a little bit of patience when sewing the fabric together to give it that neat seam for a professional look.
Moreover, because of the few materials needed, this ottoman is not expensive to make and you can have it ready within a couple of hours.
16. Diamond Tufted Homemade Foot Rest
Who said diamond tufting is only for the pros? This project teaches you not just how to create a new ottoman but how to diamond tuft it.
So you learn two skills in one. Anyways, you will require some plywood, high-density foam and, some fabric.
The entire project, however, entails a lot of patience.
Making each buttonhole takes several minutes. However, with the right commitment, the end product should look just fine when finished.
Once you have mastered the art of diamond tufting, the remaining process is as simple as attaching it to a wooden coffee table.
Once again, easy peasy!
17. The Reupholstered DIY Ottoman
Storage ottomans are a perfect part of any home. But what happens when the hinges start giving in to pressure, rendering the entire unit useless?
Well, as it turns out in this reupholster guide, you don’t have to go back to the store to get a new one.
You will only need some fabric to sail your way through this 2-hour project.
If the hinges are badly damaged, then it’d be a good idea to acquire new ones.
Otherwise, just adding some new screws should get them working perfectly once again.
18. The Spruced Up Ottoman
Creating a nice DIY ottoman does not always have to start from scratch. Sometimes, all you need to do is adopt your old ottoman and spruce it up.
This step-by-step DIY guide talks about how you can get this done. Some materials needed include fabric, diploma frame and drawer pulls.
The directions are super-easy and fun to follow. Ordinarily, this should take you 5 hours max to make.
Fortunately, the end result is worth every bit of effort spent in preparing it. Plus you end up with a free tray that can provide a convenient tabletop as well.
19. Giant Knit Pumpkins Ottoman
Your ottoman does not always have to have the same old looks. If you are feeling like adding something more playful to your decor, perhaps it’s a good idea to give this pom pom idea a try.
The materials required for this project include a knit floor pouf, pom pom maker, yarn, and scissors. You can save a lot more time if you work with pre-made pom poms though.
The giant knit pumpkin should be made in such a way that its size is just enough to create space for a footrest. Otherwise, if done right this can provide yet another cute addition to your interior.
20. Ottoman from Coffee Table
Your old coffee table doesn’t have to spend the rest of its life in a dusty garage or store. This DIY guide shows you exactly what it takes to turn it into a premium-grade ottoman.
All you will require for this is a medium-sized coffee table, foam mattress pad, and fabric. Ideally, the
fabric should be colored or patterned in a way that complements your decor.
The rest of the process is so simple. In fact, you don’t need any woodwork or tailoring skills to nail it.
An extra tip is that you might want to pre-paint the table so it matches with your other items.
21. Ottoman on A Wooden Chest
Wooden chests are of immense historical value. However, if you have an idle one around your home, then this idea will most likely resound with you.
To put this ottoman together, you will require a chest (obviously), foam, fabric and fabric buttons.
At first glance, the project might appear intimidating.
However, a closer look at it reveals a potentially thrilling 2-day long process that leaves you with an admirable piece of ottoman.
22. The 2x4 Wooden Ottoman
Before you dump those old 2x4 pieces of timber in your home, think again. This project represents a creative way through which to put them to good use.
The design comprises a few simple lines that, combined, make for an interesting piece of architecture.
To nail this project, you will require some 2x4 wood pieces and casters. The remainder is a 3-step process which ends with sanding the piece for smoothness.
For sure, putting a wooden ottoman of this caliber together never gets easier than this.
23. MDF Ottoman
It is always a good idea to go for something a little challenging if you are already too familiar with the basics. So, for this project, you will require some MDF pieces and casters.
The rest of the process involves a bit of woodwork spread out into six simple steps. The end product is a savvy ottoman with just enough side space to put some books or souvenirs.
The process can take you close to three hours if you are a pro or slightly more if you are a learner. Either way, this is a fun-filled way to spend time.
24. Pleather Homemade Ottoman
Making ottomans at home should be great fun. But what if the idea of dealing with wood and saws scares you?
Well, this design eliminates that fear. Its frame is entirely based on high-density foam.
The outer cover is made up of pleather which is a synthetic material that’s quite resilient. Of course, all the materials needed here are easily available at local stores.
Best of all, this shouldn’t take more than 2 hours of your time. The only tricky bit about this project is sewing the pleather into a two-dimensional square.
Fortunately, this tutorial has all that well covered.
25. Quilted DIY Ottoman
All it takes to own this DIY ottoman is just entry-level upholstery prowess. If sewing is not your kind of thing, then the fact that this project does not entail sewing should be enough to psyche you up.
The most crucial materials required for this project are fabric, high-density foam, and plywood. Once you have all the basics, the rest of the process is a 60-minute exercise.
There is always room for creativity here, thankfully. For instance, you can introduce furniture-style casters to add some spice to the mix.
26. Old Milk Crate Ottoman
Your old milk crate does not have to continue gathering dust in vain. With this design, all you need to do is pad it with a roll of jute webbing to create an amazing footstool.
The process is quite easy and relatively straightforward. You don’t need any special carpentry or tailoring skills to sail through it.
Perhaps the only key requirement for nailing this plan is a creative mind. The end product is a medium-sized ottoman, that if well done can be used both indoors and outdoors.
27. Electrical Spool Ottoman
Empty electrical spools are routinely discarded. But did you know that they have some magic in them?
Well, this DIY ottoman design utilizes the round pieces of plywood and cardboard cylinder found in spools. The other crucial materials needed for the job are foam and ottoman legs.
The construction process begins with the creation of a frame on which padding is done keeping the fabric taut. Once the fabric is in its place, the last process involves attaching of legs at the base.
Overall, this is a simple but relatively lengthy process.
28. The 5-Gallon Bucket DIY Ottoman
The beauty of DIY ottoman is that you don’t have to break the bank to get the job done. This design is an embodiment of a budget-friendly approach.
It uses unexpected and often overlooked materials from all over your home. These include a 5-gallon bucket, yardage of fabric, and foam.
The rest of the process involves series of cutting, fitting and sewing the materials together. The end result is a medium-sized ottoman that can actually complement your style.
One good attribute of this Ottoman is that it is light enough to carry around and strong enough to act as foot-rest.
It’s amazing just how much value you can create using everyday items around your home. While at it, you also get a fresh opportunity to acquire even more skills.
That’s the beauty of DIY, you save money as you gain confidence in your skills.
The DIY ottoman project is no different. As long as you are willing to have fun, there’s no limit as to how much you can accomplish through such an undertaking.