DIY Upholstered Ottomans w Storage

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We have a collection of upholstered ottomans and benches here at the Fine Craft Guild. Some for just your feet, some as a soft-furnishing coffee table, some to look pretty at the end of your bed.

The ottoman today had been transformed to also be a room storage unit for sofa throws and blankets.


This ottoman looks like it comes from a high-end furniture store. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Jessica from Running with Scissors did a complete ‘from drap to dazzle’ transformation that most of us can only dream about. However, Jessica offers us step-by-step instructions in her instructions on how to make an upholstered ottoman just like this! And that includes ‘how to make a base for the tufting’, ‘how to make measuring grid for your buttons’ etc. She breaks the upholstery project down into two parts: tufting the lid, and upholstering the base and transforming it into storage.

I am showing you just two photos, a before and after, but there are more on her blog to be seen. She also make a slipcover for accompanying arm chair.


DIY Ottoman Upholstery – The ‘Before’ Picture


Here’s the ottoman she inherited. Can you believe it?!

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