DIY Ottoman Ideas

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A few days ago I shared that we are thinking our switching out our coffee table we've had for almost three years for a sqaure ottoman that will double as our coffee table. We're still undecided, but HUGE thank you for all the comments :) I love getting different opinions. It's no shocker, we love to save money when we can and DIY projects, which got me thinking about all the amazing DIY ottomans I've seen all over blogland. I've been thinking about DIYing and entire ottoman or tweaking an excisting ottoman I buy from a local store or on Craigslist. I'm no stranger to tweaking a ottoman, remember the vintage ottoman I re-upholstered for Avery's nusery? His ottoman came out nice, if I do say so my self, you can read more about the project here

The idea of buying an existing ottoman is really appealing to me, I like the idea of transforming an existing piece into a custom made-for-you-only piece. I put together a few ottoman ideas using an existing ottoman, tweaked into a custom piece. Below is an idea, of what II'm considering. 

1. I like this square ottoman I found at Kirland's, it's 36' by 36' which is a good size and would look nice in our space. I like the shape of the legs, but no the color. I would spray paint the existing ottoman feet Oil Rubbed Bronze (same color as Avery's ottoman's feet) I also like the idea of added Caster to the bottom on the feet, kind of like this below.

{ via here }

2. I love pretty patterned fabric and think another layer of pattern would look really pretty in our living room. I'm torn between the navy and a neutral patterned fabric. The neutral fabric is pretty, but it might blend too much with our sofa and chairs, but looking at this natural ottoman on top of a natural fiber rug (like ours) makes me think it could work! 

{ via Style at Home }

3. I also like the idea of going with a solid fabric, either a shade of navy or green. The navy fabric is most practical in a house full of boys { husband included! } The fabric is an indoor outdoor fabric, so its much more durable than regular fabric, regardless I would Scotch Guard the fabric! I love look of Tori Spellings living room: neutral sofas, yellow lamps, dark wood floors { like our living room, but ours is obviously much smaller } One of the standouts in her living room, for me is her elegant large bold color choice of an ottoman! I love that its green and feels classic yet modern, perfect combination.

 4. Depending on what color fabric we go with if we decide to DIY an Ottoman, I'll be changing out my existing beloved yellow tray, I found at a thrift store and re-did with a new larger tray. You can read more about my tray project makeover here. I love the lacquer trays from West Elm! We already have one in Avery's nursery, its the perfect catch-all for all his misc. baby stuff on his changing table. 

I've also thought we could go the other DIY route and build an ottoman using: Wood, Foam, Batting and Feet {they sale at Home Depot or Lowes} The ottoman below was a complete DIY Ottoman made from scratch! Which completely inspires me! 

And fo course I LOVE all the amazing coffee tables turned ottoman, I've seen all over blogland! So that's whats been on my mind the past few days. 

Have you ever DIYed an Ottoman? Any plans to make one? What do you think pattern vs. solid?



  1. My current ottoman I have recovered about three times now. It was an old throw away thing that I painted the legs black and the cushion detaches easily from the wood leg base. All I have to do is measure and cut the new fabric and staple gun it to the underside of the wood board. I say go for the fabric you love since it's easy to change it out depending on the type of ottoman you get.
    FOr a total DIY, consider turning a low childs table into an ottoman. It can easily be reupolstered with cushion, batting, and fabric.

  2. I would use a pattern fabric for your living room since you furniture is solid. I have an ottoman in my garage that is screaming to be transformed into something fab!

    Mrs. Delightful

    1. ooh, you better get to work on that ottoman! :)

  3. My husband and I DIYed an ottoman out of an old coffee table and we absolutely love it! It's huge and so convenient to have around - and it's pretty to boot! :)

    1. I was just on your blog love it, I got sidetracked and started reading posts :) I will check out your DIY Ottoman project! :) Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I like the idea of doing a solid navy ottoman so that you can kick your feet up and not have to worry about it showing dirt. What if you added a patterned tray instead of a solid colored one? Best of both worlds?

    1. Stephanie, such great thinking!!! :) your right, I could buy a plain wood tray and re-do it in a fun pattern :) I'm getting really inspired now :)

  5. Go for it! I know you will make it awesome. Great fabric selections. I have had an upholstered ottoman as a coffee table for years and I love it. Sometimes we sit on it, especially at parties for extra seating.

    Amy R.

  6. How thick does the foam have to be for the DIY ottoman that you make from the pallet on wheels?
    Thinking about doing this but would want to make sure it is comfortable to sit on.
    Thanks Karen


Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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