How to Build a Storage Ottoman

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A storage ottoman is a functional way to hide away items in your home

How to Build a Storage Ottoman

Building your own ottoman is a relatively easy DIY project that will provide you with a stylish piece of furniture, a place to rest your feet, and a place to store items such as shoes or blankets.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
Cut plywood
Cut plywood - How to Build Storage Ottoman

Cut the pieces you need out of a 4’ x 8’ piece of plywood using the following dimensions:

• 29 ¾” wide for the front and back of the ottoman and lid.
• 22” wide for the sides of the ottoman and lid.
• 13 ¾” high for all four sides of the ottoman.
• 3” high for all four sides of the lid.
• You can also have the plywood cut at your local Home Depot. The four 2’ x 2’ inside corner supports are 9” high.

2
Pre-drill holes
Pre-drill holes - How to Build Storage Ottoman

Pre-drill holes in the plywood before putting in the screws.

3
Add glue and screws
Add glue and screws - How to Build Storage Ottoman

• Apply a bead of wood glue in the seams.
• Finish drilling in the drywall screws around all four sides of the ottoman.

4
Glue corner braces
Glue corner braces - How to Build Storage Ottoman

Glue in the four corner braces snug against the inside corners of the ottoman.

5
Assemble the box
Assemble the box - How to Build Storage Ottoman

Complete the box construction and let the glue dry.

6
Prep fabric
Prep fabric - How to Build Storage Ottoman

• Cut a piece of poly foam and fabric for the top.
• Use a straight edge to assist in cutting the piece of fabric to staple onto the lid.

7
Staple fabric to lid
Staple fabric to lid - How to Build Storage Ottoman

• Fold the edges of the fabric like you’re wrapping a Christmas present.
• Fold the fabric over the edges of the box to take up the slack for a clean look.
• Stretch the fabric over the bottom of the boxes and staple.
• Continue to fold over the excess fabric to keep everything as flat as possible.

8
Add piano hinge
Add piano hinge - How to Build Storage Ottoman

Screw in the piano hinge. Remember that the round part should stick out of the back of the ottoman to make the lid close flat.

9
Add anti-skid pads
Add anti-skid pads - How to Build Storage Ottoman

Position the anti-skid pads properly to make sure the screws go into the corner support braces and screw them in.

10
Finish the fabric with tacks
Finish the fabric with tacks - How to Build Storage Ottoman

Use a few upholstery tacks to gather and secure any excess fabric.