Making a DIY upholstered storage ottoman is a quick and easy project, resulting in a chic and practical living room piece. Depending on how expensive your taste in fabric is, this project is extremely affordable and requires relatively simple tools and techniques to create a high-quality finish.
An ottoman can be a great way to accessorize your lounge or living room and can be executed in variety of ways, to suit a range of tastes. Perhaps you want to create an ottoman that ties in with your existing living room palette, to make seating more comfortable and provide additional storage space. Alternatively you may wish to create an ottoman that acts as a statement addition to the room, using a bold print or colour and designer buttoning or leg designs to contrast with your existing furniture and provide a focal point within the room.
Time: Half a day
Cost: $50 – $100 (Depending on fabric choice)
What you need:
- Two (508mm x 762mm x 16mm thick) pieces MDF for top and bottom
- Two (330mm x 760mm x 16mm thick) pieces MDF for sides
- Two (330mm x 476mm x 16mm thick) pieces MDF for sides
- 40mm MDF screws
- MDF glue
- 508mm x 762mm piece of 50mm thick foam for top (Premium Density SEAT FOAM recomended)
- Spray adhesive (BOND-IT™ Contact Adhesive recomended)
- 660mm x 914mm piece of Bonded Polyester Fibre (Dacron) for top
- 432mm x 2540mm piece of Bonded Polyester Fibre (Dacron) for sides
- Staple gun
- 8mm staples
- Approximately 1.5m length x 1.4m wide fabric, cut into a 660mm x 914mm piece for top and a 432mm x 2.5m piece for sides. Upholstery Fabrics
- Sewing machine with large upholstery needle
- Four furniture legs (metal or wooden). Furniture Legs
- OPTIONAL: Eight or more upholstered buttons (in your chosen fabric) Upholstery Covered Buttons
- OPTIONAL: Nylon Buttoning Tufting Twine &Mattress Button Tufting Needle
STEP 1: ASSEMBLE THE BOX
Use MDF glue and screws to secure the sides of the box to one another as shown. Then install the bottom. Pre-drill holes to prevent splitting. Install the four leg brackets, then screw the legs in place.
STEP 2: ATTACH THE BONDED FIBRE (DACRON)
Cut the bonded fibre to size, and then position it along the sides of the box, letting fibre extend 50mm over the top and below the bottom. Hold the fibre square and flat while using staples to secure it to the edges, inside and at the bottom of the box.
STEP 3: UPHOLSTER THE BOX
Cut a 432mm wide strip of fabric long enough to wrap around the entire box. Sew the ends together. Slip this over the box and staple the overhanging material on the inside and bottom to hold everything in place.
Step 4: Build the toP
Drill a 5mm hole for each button according to the diagram. Layer the fabric, fibre and foam, then spray the MDF lid with contact adhesive and set it in place. Fold the material over the edges of the lid and staple it in place.
Step 5: Install the Buttons
Use a long straight upholstery needle to thread the fabric-covered buttons onto 30cm lengths of button twine. Thread the twine up through the holes in the MDF, through the layered materials, through the button loops, then back down through the holes.
Step 6: Secure the Buttons
Pull the twine tightly from the underside of the lid so the buttons make deep indentations in the foam. Knot the twine over short pieces of fabric to prevent the knots from slipping through the holes.
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Home Upholsterer (2012)
Reiman Media Group, LLC. (2012) Fresh Home Ideas