Images & Tutorial: Ribbons & Bluebirds
We’re back for DIY Wednesday with Part 1 of a DIY tutorial to make a super awesome upholstered storage ottoman – perfect for a home office, bedroom or nursery. I took the easy way out and bought a super cheap yellow one from IKEA for our nursery, but DIY maven Jenn’s is SO MUCH more awesome. One because she made it, and two because it’s completely customized! Take it away Jenn!
How to Make a DIY Storage Ottoman – Part 1: Building the Box
Perhaps you have noticed a trend in my DIYs lately: I am very deep into my nesting phase. This is coming from someone who is pretty much always in a nesting phase, pregnant or no, so you know when it comes to my nursery I have been going a little overboard.
One of the trends I have been seeing a lot of in design and retail right now is the small storage ottoman – perfect for small spaces and a great way to keep clutter neatly tucked away. I see this little ottoman as being a perfect place to tuck toys, books, or spare blankets! This tutorial is long, but definitely not complicated, and would be a great place for a beginner upholsterer to start. Today we’re looking at part one: building the box. Check back soon for part 2 when we dive into the upholstery!
Materials (should all be available at your local hardware store or of course via Amazon)
- ½ plywood, cut into the following sized pieces*:
- (4) 12×11” – sides
- (1) 11.5×11.5” – bottom
- (1) 12.5×12.5” – top
- (1) 11×11” – top lip
- (8) corner braces, ¾” 1-hole
- (8) Corner Brace, 1 1/2″ Steel
- (48) 1/2” #8 screws
- (4) furniture feet (like these Choice Parts – 3 Inch Dark Walnut Plastic Sofa Legs (Pack of 4 Replacement Feet) 5/16″ Size Bolt)
- (4) pronged t-nuts – thread dia. must match chosen furniture feet.
- Wood stain (We like Minwax 70012 1 Quart Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain, Dark Walnut)
- Saw, if you are not having your pieces cut at the hardware store
- Power drill and 3/8” drill bit
- Wood Glue and clamps
*NOTE* if you use a thickness other than ½”, you will need to resize some of the pieces of this list as some factor in material thickness. See diagram to determine your cut list.
CLICK INSIDE FOR THE REST OF PART 1 OF OUR DIY STORAGE OTTOMAN TUTORIAL!