An oversized ottoman for an undersized budget—less than $200 all in!
Above, from top: In the Loop (P5209-24) paint, Para Paints; "Waves at Our Feet" by Gabriella Collier, Art Interiors; Steven and Chris Oxford sofa, Zilli Home; pillows, HomeSense; Aurora rectangular tray, Williams-Sonoma.
For a 4-ft. x 4-ft. ottoman
1 4- x 8-ft. sheet plywood
2 1- x 6-in. pieces lumber
4-ft. x 4-ft. x 4-in. piece foam
2 yd. double-width fabric
4 turned legs
- Have your local home-building centre cut plywood in half so you're left with two 4- x 4-ft. squares.
- While you're there, also have them cut 1- x 6-in. lumber into two 46-in. lengths and two 48-in. lengths. These will be the supports for the ottoman.
- Assemble wood into a box shape: Place one plywood square down on work surface; using wood glue, attach 48-in. pieces of wood to opposite sides of square, flush with edges; repeat with 46-in. lengths on remaining two sides; glue second plywood square to top. Use drill and wood screws to reinforce box.
- Cut foam down to 48-in. square using a bread or chef's knife.
- Adhere foam to top of box with light coating of spray glue.
- Cover foam with thin layer of batting; staple batting to bottom of box.
- Lay fabric out flat on work surface, reverse-side up, and place box, foam-side down, on top.
- Wrap fabric around box and staple to top, alternating sides as you go.
- Finish corners by tucking any excess fabric in to create a straight edge.
- Install turned leg to each corner of the ottoman.
- Install castors to bottom of each leg.
- Trim any excess fabric and voila! A functional custom ottoman for under $200!