You can make these easy DIY ottoman projects even on a tight budget! There’s no other piece of furniture so versatile and functional as an ottoman. It can be used just about anywhere at home, from the living room to the bedroom and sometimes even in the bathroom. It can be the perfect central accent piece of the room that all furniture is positioned around. And it can be that handy convenient piece by the sofa for many uses.
There are many styles and forms in which an ottoman can be made and its use depends on it. But above all, we’d like to introduce you to the idea of building your very own ottoman. Yes, you can do it even if you’re not a seasoned crafter. And here are 40 DIY ottoman ideas that you can easily try.
(Want to buy one instead? Check out the best ottomans.)
Coffee Table Turned DIY Ottoman
You can use an old coffee table as the basis for a fresh new ottoman that will transform the look of your living room completely. As you can see, the process is pretty straightforward.
Electric Spool DIY Ottoman
An old electric wire spool makes the perfect frame for a round ottoman. And by building it you can be proud of reusing and recycling materials.
Upholstered Pallet DIY Ottoman
As we know perfectly well, pallet wood makes an awesome material for many DIY projects. An ottoman is not an exception and you can build an awesome piece of furniture with it.
IKEA Ottoman Hack
We love IKEA hacks because we can make great things from inexpensive standard furniture. Check out how this awesome tufted ottoman is made from a plain coffee table.
Tufted Storage DIY Ottoman
Storage ottomans are great in their function as well as style. Such a piece of furniture offers a lot of storage space as a unit and it looks good in a room against the wall.
Utility Bucket DIY Ottoman
This DIY project is simply brilliant because it makes a very attractive piece of furniture from a simple utility bucket. It’s perfect to rest your feet when placed against a sofa or a chair.
DIY Pouf Ottoman
The pouf is a cozy sort of ottomans and you can make one yourself too. Here’s a DIY project for a pouf for you to try.
DIY Storage Ottoman
Need more storage space? Here’s how you can build your own storage ottoman form scratch. Some wood crafting skills are required but instructions are included.
Washtub DIY Ottoman
Of all the things that can be transformed into an ottoman, a galvanized wash tube is perhaps the most surprising. It makes a great rustic accent, though, and we love it.
DIY Ottoman from Recycled Plastic Bottles
This has to be the cheapest material you can build an ottoman from. Can you believe a bunch of plastic bottles and carton is all it takes? And of course, fabric of your choice to make it pretty.
Drawer DIY Ottoman
An old drawer as the frame for an ottoman makes the piece of furniture chic and whimsical. Try this project for a unique ottoman.
Burlap Coffee Sack DIY Ottoman
Use a burlap coffee sack to upholster your ottoman. It’s a nice and warm rustic accent for your decor.
DIY Pouf Ottoman from a Floor Mat
It doesn’t get any more simple than this. Use a floor mat as the perfect material for a pouf ottoman.
Oversize DIY Pouf Ottoman
If you like them big, you can sew this oversize pouf ottoman. Just follow the instructions for an easy DIY project.
Sew a DIY Pouf
Introducing more shapes to your decor is only a good idea. So why not sew this pretty round pouf ottoman for your home.
Milk Crate DIY Ottoman
A vintage metal milk crate makes the perfect place for tired feet in need of a rest. Paired with some striped jute webbing, this ottoman will brighten up any space.
Fur-Topped DIY Ottoman
Nice legs are nice legs, right? Scour the second-hand stores for an ottoman with nice legs, and you are half way to a sophisticated ottoman to class up a room. Reupholster the ottoman’s top with some fur, real or faux, for a touch of sophistication and luxury.
Tire and Rope DIY Ottoman
Far too many tires end up in the landfills. Repurpose a tire by turning it into a functional ottoman. Covering the tire in rope and adding some legs produces a piece no one will believe was once a tire.
Ikea-Hack DIY Ottoman
Some new legs and a fresh swatch of fabric can turn a run-of-the-mill Ikea ottoman into a unique and fully functional cocktail-sized ottoman.
Upholstered DIY Storage Ottoman
Building your own storage ottoman is ideal as you can customize it to your space and storage needs. Upholster it with some lovely fabric, and you have an aesthetically-pleasing and fully practical DIY ottoman.
Reupholstering a leather ottoman to give it a completely new look is a cost-effective alternative to buying a new piece. Thinking outside the box and using a rug as an alternative to the pricey fabric can give your ottoman just the look you are after without the expensive price tag.
DIY Pouf Ottoman
In decorating, there is quite simply always a solution. DIYing your own pouf ottoman is easier than it seems and can give you the exact look and size you are after. Covering it with some bright sunny fabric will add just the right pop of color to your space.
Crate Storage DIY Ottoman
Wood crates are all the rage in the world of repurposing. Adding some caster wheels on the bottom make it perfect for non-carpeted floors. A nice upholstered surface makes it as comfortable as it is functional.
Structured DIY Pouf Ottoman
If you have some sewing savvy, a DIY pouf ottoman could be your next project. Ideal for customizing to your space, your pouf ottoman is cushy and unique, with fabric hand-picked to enhance the surrounding space.
DY Pouf Ottoman Cube
Pouf ottomans are perfect for DIYers. They are such versatile furniture pieces as they can be used as a foot-rest, a small seat, or even as a handy-dandy accent table. They are also easy to relocate throughout the home. For small spaces, the pouf ottoman is a must-have.
DIY Tufted Ottoman
The world of repurposing is a whimsical and ever-surprising one. Anything can become anything else with a little imagination and ingenuity. Turning a coffee table into an ottoman is perfect to achieve the look of a large-scale cocktail ottoman, without the hefty price tag.
Leather-Upholstered Tufted Storage Ottoman
Some skills with the power tools, imagination, and creativity can guide you in creating a leather-upholstered tufted storage ottoman all your guests will envy.
Coffee Table Ottoman
Coffee tables are perfect pieces to repurpose, especially if they have those great legs and the size you are after. Painting or spraying the legs and adding an upholstered surface takes a little time but produces a big result.
Upholstered Boxed DIY Ottoman
Ottomans are incredibly versatile furniture pieces. They can be used as tables, seats, or foot rests. Most often, all you will need is a staple gun, hand saw, and glue gun to create your own unique upholstered ottoman.
Trendy DIY Ottoman
The best thing about being a DIYer is being able to execute precisely what your vision is. If it is some funk and whimsy you want to add to your space, a DIY ottoman upholstered in a bright and bold fabric is exactly what you need.
Salvaged Spool DIY Ottoman
Wooden spools are very versatile as accent tables or ottomans. Covering one with padding and fabric and adding some legs can take it from ‘spool’ to ‘cool’ in a New York minute.
Suitcase DIY Ottoman
This is an exciting one. Haven’t you seen those super cool vintage suitcases at your local thrift shop and thought, “What exactly could I do with that, and why do I want that?” With some added legs, those suitcases can become a totally cool and unique storage ottoman that, via the handle, is extremely easy to relocate around the home.
Faux Fur Stool DIY Ottoman
Building your own small stool is pretty basic. Taking it one step further and turning it into a functional ottoman is a fun and simple project for most DIYers to enjoy. Add some faux fur to the top for a splash of texture and luxury.
Tufted Coffee Table DIY Ottoman
Turning a decadent coffee table into an ottoman is a fabulous way to repurpose furniture into a statement piece. If you are looking for a cocktail-sized ottoman, coffee tables make the perfect bases for DIY ottomans.
Faux Leather DIY Ottoman
For a touch of funk, adding a gold-colored faux leather ottoman will definitely get you there. It’s amazing how a cube of bling can liven up a space. A cube-size faux leather ottoman is a great project for a DIYer.
Army Footlocker DIY Ottoman
Most anything can be repurposed into a functional ottoman. An army footlocker can be the ideal size, plus the side handles make it easy to move around. Add some fabric and padding and voila!
Tufted Fabric DIY Ottoman
Few things add such a touch of sophistication a tufted fabric surface. Transforming a coffee table into a tufted ottoman masterpiece is a DIYers dream.
Upcycled Pallet DIY Ottoman
Pallets are a great source of inexpensive wood for DIY projects. Adding some legs, padding, and fabric can turn a seemingly useless pallet into an ottoman that will be a conversation piece.
Round Pallet French Industrial DIY Ottoman
A replicated round pallet makes the perfect base to customize into a French industrial ottoman. Some metal casters, stain, fabric and padding synergize to become the ultimate in industrial chic.
Upholstered Coffee Table Ottoman
Don’t throw out that old coffee table just yet. With some imagination, fabric, and the DIY spirit, it can be transformed into a plush ottoman.