Ottomans are more than just a place to put your feet up. They are double duty furniture, working overtime as extra seating. Add a couple of trays, and they make a perfect coffee table. They are easily moved from room to room, or even to your outdoor spaces, and are easy to make! These awesome DIY ottoman ideas and projects are a quick way to add an updated element to your room, or to soften an existing table or bench. Oh yea, one more thing… They are amazing places to put those feet up!



How to Make a DIY Ottoman


Upholstered & Tufted Ottoman Ideas

Use this tutorial from ‘Jen Woodhouse‘ to make this upholstered DIY ottoman that makes a perfect side table if you don’t want to use it as a footstool. Hint: If you are going to put your feet up, don’t use white fabric!


Abbots at Home‘ made this DIY ottoman from scratch, y’all. From. Scratch. And it’s actually a quick and easy woodworking project. Complete step by step directions, with photos. And that navy blue velvet fabric? They had us at “velvet“…


Want a super simple ottoman idea, that anyone can make? Try this gorgeous project from ‘Dream Green DIY‘. She used a pretty Boho vintage rug to create this one of a kind DIY ottoman, perfect for putting your feet up at the end of the day. We hear tell that feline friends are drawn to this piece too! Perfect project for beginners.


DIY Storage Ottomans

This rolling DIY storage ottoman from ‘Oprah Magazine‘ has a vintage feel, with a little bit of an industrial vibe. While we love that, you can vary the look by the box and fabric you choose. Great use of double duty furniture that is easily movable. Store throw blankets or board games, and have a piece of furniture that you can move anywhere. Need a footstool? It’s there. Need a spot to put a tray for coffee or tea? Done. Need gorgeous decor? Built in, baby.


These cute DIY storage ottomans are super simple to make, and are perfect to store toys, shoes, whatever! You can even use them as a stand in side table! Check out all the how-to’s over at ‘Brooke Summer Photography‘.


DIY Ottoman from a Coffee Table

Amanda Brown via ‘Design Sponge‘ teaches us some serious upholstery skills with her boxed ottoman project. This is an ottoman made from an existing coffee table. Her tutorial is very detailed, so if you ever wanted to learn about upholstering, this is the post for you!


This Boho mud cloth ottoman idea from ‘This Giant Life‘ wasn’t made from a coffee table, but is meant to be one! Simple wood frame construction (all the instructions are there!) with this fun fabric cover.


Pouf Ottoman Ideas

Learn how to make a fabric pouf from this tutorial from ‘HGTV‘. You even get a free printable pattern with this project. Love the fun fabric!



Need something cheap, but elegant? No problem, ‘At Home with Ashley‘ has you totally covered. Make her DIY ottoman from a 5 gallon bucket. Yep, you heard us. Doesn’t it look pretty? Just goes to show, it doesn’t matter what’s underneath, alsmot anything can be styled to look smart and sophisticated!


From Grace at ‘Design Sponge‘ this utility bucket DIY pouf ottoman uses gorgeous Pendleton wool fabric, and yes, an ordinary plastic bucket! We happen to live just a couple hours from the world famous Pendleton Woolen Mill, and sad to say, never been there. But their fabric is recognizable anywhere! This is a great example of using a tiny splurge to make a budget project seem luxe! Photos by John Fitzgerald and Braden Spotts for Design Sponge.


We hope you found one or two of these DIY Ottoman ideas useful! We think you will also love our posts on DIY Easy Chunky Blankets and How to Reupholster a Chair! Also check out our post on DIY Poufs over at OhMeOhMy!

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  1. Marie Antionette August 16, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for this idea! I have an old trunk with a hole in the top, I have all of the broken pieces but never fixed it and now I’m glad i didn’t. It will be a perfect tufting project. I will post when it’s done.


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