DIY Upholstered Ottoman

DIY Upholstered Ottoman

By: Amilia James

An upholstered ottoman is such a great DIY project. Upholstered ottomans are super popular and creating one yourself allows you to select the exact measurements, fabric, and style that works for you! The ottoman can be used as a seat, to prop your feet up, or even as a side table. The possibilities are endless! So let’s get started.

finished ottoman

Here's what you’ll need:

  • 2 wood rounds - easily found at any hardware store. Common sizes include 15”, 18”, and 24”. I used two 18” rounds for this project.
  • Concrete tubing – This will create the support for your ottoman. I used two 10” tubes and cut them to size with a knife and hand saw.
  • Four 2x4 pieces cut to size, depending on what height you want your ottoman to be
  • Wood feet and hardware to attach them to the bottom of the ottoman, along with wood stain or paint if you don’t want to keep the natural wood
  • Thick polyester batting or similar to wrap your ottoman in before you cover it in your fabric to add some padding (like this or similar)
  • Electric drill & screws
  • Staple Gun
  • Sewing Machine

Choosing Fabric

When selecting my fabric I decided on the Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Canvas Amalfi Herb Garden in the natural color. This canvas fabric was really easy to work with as someone who just has basic sewing skills. The pattern is beautiful and the colors are muted enough to fit in so many spaces in my home!

Step 1

Cut your 2x4 wood into 4 equal pieces. The height will depend on what you want the final ottoman height to be. I chose 14.” Use an electric drill to drill pilot holes into the wood rounds. Then use wood screws to attach the 2x4s to the wood rounds, making sure that everything is even and level.

image of bare wood ottoman

Step 2

Cut your concrete tubing using a sharp knife and/or saw and use a staple gun to staple the tubing around your wooden form.

image of concrete tubing

Step 3

Cut a circular piece of batting for the top of your ottoman (I cut two circles to have more cushion at the top) and a rectangular piece to fit around your ottoman. Use spray adhesive to attach it.

batting and spray adhesive

Step 4

Cut a circular piece of fabric for the top of your ottoman, leaving a ½ inch seam allowance, and a rectangular piece to wrap around the base. The rectangular piece should have a ½ seam allowance at the top and an extra 3 inches of fabric at the bottom so that you will have enough fabric to wrap and staple underneath the base of the ottoman.

Step 5

Use your sewing machine to sew the rectangular piece together, creating a tube. Then sew your top circle to the rectangular cylinder (right sides together), making sure to keep even tension all the way around. Slide your completed cylinder over your ottoman.

Step 6

Use a staple gun to attach fabric to the bottom of the ottoman.

staple gun and bottom of ottoman

Step 7

Use wood stain or paint to finish the feet of your ottoman. Use your drill to attach the hardware and then screw in the feet.

finished ottoman and dog

And there you have it! A beautiful, custom DIY upholstered ottoman for your home.

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