Learn how to make an ottoman with storage. This DIY Ottoman with Storage is a very simple and inexpensive project. Make this ottoman with storage without power tools perfect for any beginner DIYer.
As I’m giving our living room an overhaul I really wanted an ottoman with storage. I love the look of ottomans and who couldn’t use more storage for any room, right?!
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DIY Ottoman with Storage
I hated the prices of the ottomans and I couldn’t find one that I was in love with so that when I needed to make my own. I’m going to walk you through the steps I took to make an ottoman with storage from a cube storage bin, some hot glue, fabric, stool feet, and rope.
The only thing I needed to purchase for this project were the feet. Everything else I had on hand. If you don’t have any of the supplies on hand it will still be a lot cheaper to make than buy.
The supplies you’ll need to make this DIY Storage Ottoman with Tray
The supplies you’ll need are really easy to find and who knows you may have a little or all of the supplies hanging around at home! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Storage cube (you can use a plastic container)
- Fabric (I used leftover drop cloth from my drop cloth curtains)
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
- 2″-4″ Bench or Stool feet
How to make an ottoman with storage
Here’s a step by step video walking you through the full process
I started out by measuring out the fabric (or drop cloth). Then measured the sides and the lid. I didn’t worry about the bottom of the storage bin.
- Fabric cover measured 16″ x 60″
- For the ruffle I cut a piece 8″ x 110″
- Top cover measured 16″ x 16″
Attach the legs
Once I had the fabric cut out, I painted the feet with 2 coats of white craft paint.
I allowed the paint to dry for about an hour. Then I attached the legs to the bottom of the ottoman using hot glue.
Once the legs were attached I started attaching the drop cloth fabric to the ottoman. I used hot glue to attach the fabric. Add a line and attach the fabric. Follow this process until you get to the end.
Fold over the end to make a clean seam and hot glue it in place.
Fold over the edges on the top and bottom to clean up the look. Attach the edges with hot glue. Repeat this process until all of the edges are nice and clean looking.
Transform the storage lid
Take your 16″ x 16″ piece of fabric and attach that piece to the top with hot glue.
Then (if using) attach the ruffle to the lid side with hot glue. Adding a little at a time making sure that it stays level and connected.
Since there was a raw seam showing I decided to hide that with a piece of rope. I attached the rope along the top to cover the seam.
Enjoy your new DIY Ottoman with Storage
You are now done and have a nice ottoman with storage to use in any room you choose. You can store games, blankets, or any other odds and ends that need a home.
This really was super simple and took me about an hour total to complete. I was able to set the ruffle while the paint was drying so there wasn’t any down time.
I added a round tray, cut some fresh lavender and calla lilies from my garden to add a bit of decor to the top.