How to make a ottoman with your own hands: 8 stylish ideas
Soft and cozy ottomans are good in the hallway, by the dressing table in the bedroom or around the fluffy carpet in the living room. They come in handy in the nursery, in the kitchen, in the bathroom - literally everywhere. But finding the perfect pouf is always difficult - there are too many of them, and that's not it. So why not do it yourself? We tell you how!
1. Padded stool
If you are confidently working with wood and particleboard, you can make a real furniture masterpiece. You will need 4 rectangular sheets of chipboard 40x30 cm, a circle with a diameter of 30 cm and 4 small wooden blocks of 4-5 cm. This is the most durable option of all that can be made from improvised materials.
From rectangular sheets of chipboard, assemble the box on the screws and fix it with metal corners. From the bottom, glue or fasten the bars, on which you will then put the furniture wheels. Put a circle on top, glue and cover the entire structure with foam. It remains only to put the ottoman in the case and decorate it with frills or frills.
2. Padded stool from a chipboard in the form of a cube
Another version of the ottoman from chipboard, only this time for a fully square cube. You need 5 sheets of chipboard 40-40 cm in size, which you just twist in a box and fasten with metal corners. From the bottom, screw the legs of short thick bars.
If you make the bottom in the box, and cut out the lid a little more and put it on the hinges - you get a pouf with a convertible top. It is convenient to store any household trifles, bedding, household chemicals or shoe brushes in it. In this case, the box itself and the top cover are covered with foam and upholstery separately from each other.
3. Knitted ottoman
To make this beautiful ottoman with your own hands, you will need thick bulk threads and the thickest knitting needles. It is not necessary to knit complex patterns - an ordinary shawl is enough. For the simplest option, a long knitted strip with dimensions of about 0.5x1 m is enough.
Connect the strip along the side seam with a needle or hook and pull the upper part together with the thread of the warp. Then pull it down in the same way, leaving a little space for stuffing - you will close this hole later. As a filler, take pieces of foam rubber, sponge filler or synthetic winterizer.
4. Pouf from the tire
An old car tire can be put into business and made of it a large ottoman for the home. In addition to it, you will need two more circles of chipboard or plywood with a diameter slightly smaller than the tire. They need to be screwed on top and bottom on screws or bolts.
Paste the padded stool on all sides with foam, so that it is completely soft. You can wrap it with a thick sisal rope in a spiral from the center, thus making also a scratching post for your pet. Thick short bars will make excellent legs or a base for furniture wheels.
5. Soft pouf in the form of a cube
By and large, this is a thick thick pillow, so you need to sew it accordingly. Any thick fabric or even a textile rug is suitable for a cover, and a simple burlap for a lining.
Take a decorative rectangular pillow and cut out the upper part of the ottoman according to its size. And then exactly the same - 4 rectangular side. Cut out another square piece from burlap for the bottom, and then connect all the elements with pins and stitches from the inside, except for one side.
Turn the pouf out and put a few pillows of the right size into it. You can enclose one, and fill the remaining space below with any other filler. Pillows are easy to replace with square sheets of foam in such an amount that they are enough for the entire thickness of the ottoman.
6. Padded stool made of plastic bottles
If recycling, ecology and garbage sorting are issues that concern you, you will surely enjoy the pouf made of plastic bottles. In order not to store them in the trash, the bottles can be washed thoroughly and give a second life.
You will need about 40 flat, clean and dry 1.5-2 liter bottles, cardboard, foam and upholstery fabric. To make a neat round ottoman, start to expose the bottles from the center and along the radii. Between them, connect them with a glue gun or ordinary tape.
Cut out from thick packing cardboard or an old box two circles to fit the top and bottom. To make it denser, make two in two, and then glue them in their places. Cut the foam sheet: two circles and a long rectangle to wrap the side. Sheathed with blank foam on all sides and covered with upholstery fabric - ottoman is ready.
7. Pouffe bag
The ottoman bag consists of an internal part with a filler and an external decorative cover with a zipper. Small balls of foamed polystyrene are laid inside - it takes any shape well and is completely harmless.
For the inner cover, take a strong fabric, which must necessarily allow air to pass through. Even old cotton bedding will do. Choose the exterior for your interior, but do not forget about practicality: it should be easy to wash, not too dirty, not tear and not shed.
The classic form is a pear or pancake, but you can experiment and make, for example, a pouf in the form of a soccer ball. It is more convenient to fill the filler through a paper funnel so that it does not scatter throughout the room. If you want, the inner cover can be sewn up tightly, but then it will not work to wash it or replace the filler.
8. Padded stool with an ornament
The main feature of this ottoman is a beautiful ornament, for which you first need to find and make a stencil. Pick it up for some other accents of the interior: textiles, colored wall, motifs in decoration or wall panels. You can then decorate decorative pillows with the same pattern or make paintings.
Cuts of dense fabric two circles and a long rectangle for the side. Its length corresponds to the circumference, and its width is to the height of the ottoman that you want to get. Transfer the pattern from the stencils with acrylic paints using brushes and a sponge. After we sew all the details, process the seams with a zigzag, optionally add zipper, twist and fill the product.