How To Build a Storage Ottoman

Stylish living room

Building a storage ottoman is a simple project that will take just a few hours.  Adding decorative fabrics will give this piece a truly unique look.  Material can be found at local hardware and home improvement stores.


  • 1 – 4’ x 8’ piece of plywood.
  • 1 – 15” x 20” piece of foam (about 1-2 inches thick)
  • 1 – 20” x 25” square piece of strong, durable fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Staple gun&staples
  • Saw
  • Nails / screws
  • Hammer / Screwdriver
  • Casters
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain or paint (optional)

Step #1:  Line two of the square wood pieces to create a corner and nail these together.  Repeat this process to create another corner.  After both corners are made, nail them together to create a box frame.

Step #2:  To create the base of the storage ottoman simple lay a pre-cut piece of wood on the box frame. Using a nail gun, attach the pieces together alone the sides. Do not attach at the corners. The corners will be used to attach wheels.

Step #3:  Pre-drill holes into each of the four corners at the base.  Mount the plastic casters.  Make sure the casters are screwed in tight enough, so they will not bend or break off under pressure.

Step #4:  Using the final square piece of wood, attach hinges to one side.  This will allow the ottoman to easily open and close. Make sure to use hinges that are sturdy and large enough.  If hinges that are too small are used, most likely after a few uses they will come off leaving holes in the wood.

**Step #5 will instruct on how to nail the ottoman, if you do not wish to use it for storage

Step #5:  Using the final square piece of wood, lay on the remaining four boards in the shape of a square.  Leave approximately 2” away from the edging of the larger square.  Nail into place.  This will create a lip to prevent the top from slipping off the ottoman.

Steps 6 – 10 will instruct on how to cover the storage ottoman with fabric.

Step #6:  Lay the piece of fabric down on a flat surface.  Make sure the printed side is face-down.  Place the foam piece in the center of the fabric. Make sure there are equal amounts on each side/

Step #7:  Begin pulling the fabric tightly over the foam and the wooden lid.  As you pull the fabric, use the staple gun to staple it to the wooden lid to keep the fabric in place.  To create a nice smooth look, keep the tightness as consistent as possible.

If a larger ottoman is desired, the dimensions can be edited depending on what size is needed.  This project can be truly personalized for each individual.


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