How-To Guide to Building a Storage Ottoman
Homeowners are always looking for creative and elegant ways to add more storage to their home without adding more furniture. Storage ottomans are all the rage these days, but buying them at a local furniture or department store can be expensive. Luckily for you, these ottomans are easy and inexpensive to make right at home – here is your step-by-step guide to building a DIY storage ottoman.
Materials and Tools for DIY Storage Ottoman:
- Utility knife
- Circular saw
- 1/8 inch drill bit
- Tape measure
- Staple gun
- ¼ inch staples
- Straight edge
- Wood glue
- Drywall screws
- Piano hinge
- Upholstery tacks
- 2 x 4 foam
- 4 x 8 plywood
- (4) wood corner braces
Directions for DIY Storage Ottoman:
- Cut the needed pieces of plywood to the following specifications:
- 29 ¾” wide pieces (front and back of ottoman, lid)
- 22” wide pieces (sides of ottoman, lid)
- 13 ¾” high pieces (all four sides of ottoman)
- 3” high pieces (all four sides of lid)
- Lay out the pieces of plywood how they would go together to create the ottoman box with a lid.
- Pre-drill the holes in the plywood where the panels of wood will attach.
- When assembling the box, add a bead of glue to the seams.
- Finish assembling the box by drilling the drywall screws around all four sides.
- Once the box has been assembled, glue in the wood corner braces snug into the corners of the inside of the box.
- Once the construction of the box and the lid has been completed, allow the glue to dry completely.
- Using the utility knife, cut a piece of foam to fit the top of the lid of the box.
- Use the utility knife and straight edge to cut a piece of fabric to cover the top of the lid of the box and wrap it over the sides.
- Fold the edges of the fabric over the foam and over the box lid to create neat corners.
- Stretch the fabric tightly over the edges of the lid and staple the fabric into the wood, keeping the fabric flat and clean.
- Follow the same process to cover the box with fabric as well.
- Use the piano hinge to connect the lid to the base of the box, making sure the round edge is on the outside of the box so the lid will close flat.
- Finish the ottoman by adding anti-skid pads to the bottom of the box and upholstery tacks as decoration.
If you’re ready to start building your own storage ottoman, feel free to check out the Hipp’s Help store for supplies. We offer FREE ship to store for all of Mountain View customers. And we also offer reasonable shipping rates for the rest of our customers throughout the country.
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