Project Guide

How to Build a Storage Ottoman

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.