In what can be described as a labor of love, here's our new upholstered ottoman for the back room! I started this puppy in October 2012 and finally finished it in January 2013. Sure I got side-tracked and a little intimidated during the process, but it's finally done! This tutorial on Design*Sponge was helpful, but I also figured things out as I went.
Without further ado, hope you're ready for a detailed and photo-heavy post documenting how to build your own upholstered ottoman.
- 3/4 in. plywood/MDF:
- 2 cuts for the top/bottom - 45" x 19"
- 2 cuts for the length - 45" x 8.5"
- 2 cuts for the width - 17.5" x 8.5"
- Wood glue (Liquid Nails)
- 1 1/2" wood/masonry screws
- 2 inch thick foam, cut to 45" x 19"
- Spray adhesive (I just used the wood glue)
- Extra loft batting (I bought batting for a twin-sized quilt (72" x 90") at Joann's and had plenty)
- 5/16" staples
- 2 to 3 yards of fabric, depending on the pattern repeat (I bought ours from Premier Prints)
- Matching thread
- 4 - 2" legs
- Wood stain (I used Mixwax wiping stain/finish in walnut)
- Clean rag or socks
- 4 screw-on leg plates
- Nailhead trim (6 packs of 25 nails)
- Table saw (unnecessary if your wood is cut at the hardware store)
- Drill and drill bit
- Clamps (optional)
- Serrated bread knife, electric carving knife, or hand saw (if you need to cut the foam to size)
- Staple gun (I bought the Stanley TR250)
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Hammer wrapped with duct tape
Building a Box
Once your wood is cut to size, you'll want to double check that the sides andcorners all match up and are at a right angle. If necessary, sand down any uneven edges.
Once you're satisfied that everything matches up, it's time to screw the sides of the box together (the 45" x 8.5" and 17.5" x 8.5" cuts). Give the edges of the wood a good swipe of Liquid Nails. Clamp the sides of the box together and screw together the sides. Since we don't have large clamps, I held the sides of the box while John screwed them together.
Flip this over and repeat with the 45" x 19" piece of wood for the bottom.
Upholstering the Box
I then cut the two side pieces ~20" x 15". This accounts for both a 1/2" seam allowance on the long side and 1/2" seam allowance and staple room on the short side. Sew one of the "side" pieces to the "top" piece. Then sew the "side" piece to the "length" piece. You've now created one of the corners of the "slipcover."
Don't forget to check the fit of your "slipcover" as you go. You want to make sure it's nice and snug on the padded box.
Fold over the fabric at the corners and staple. Be sure to avoid the screws and any staples used to attach the batting.
The Nailhead Trim
The Finished Ottoman!
Of course, my feet are resting on the ottoman as I finish up this post. I still have to spray the fabric with Scotchguard, so hopefully I can take care of that over the next few days.