A DIY ottoman coffee table. This is our family room. This is a room in which life really happens. We watch movies. Here we have Christmas here we curl up on rainy days. Here we have lazy Sundays here Christmas, have them Superbowl, it’s just space we really live in and we wanted to be comfortable. We had this ottoman that we were using and it was good for putting your feet up on. But if you wanted to set a drink in front of you or to set anything in front of you, it was a little difficult because the ottoman was very small. So once we decided that it was indeed time for a larger ottoman, then we began to look around. I was not finding what I wanted. We don’t have a lot of stores like at home, store home goods. We don’t have a lot of those stores where you can go in and find the diamond-in-the-rough at a very affordable price. I do do a lot of shopping online, so I do look around at different places online and I was looking for like an extra large sized and I’m sure many of them know the prices can be sky-high. I did not want to spend a lot of money, especially not the prices that were being asked online, so we decided to take on the task, our selves, and this way we could customize it to look exactly the way we wanted it to. So we laid painters, tape and the size of the ottoman we thought we wanted. We laid that out on the floor and moved around it just to be certain that it wouldn’t be too big and that it would also be big enough.
The length of that original Ottoman was four feet and I knew that I liked that length because it pretty much covered the majority of the sofa. I initially thought I wanted a square-shaped ottoman, but this would have been too much in this small space. So we headed out to Lowe’s and we purchased three composite pres composite shelving boards and we also purchased one or two one by six studs to go around the sides. I decided to go with the three pieces of composite shelving as opposed to just a piece of plywood because the three pieces of pressed wood together came out to exactly the size that I wanted without having to be cut or altered in any way. And it was cheaper than the piece of plywood. My husband used his Kreg jig to connect the three pieces together and make sure that they were nice and sturdy and they would not flex at all. By doing this, we also purchased the legs and all the other hardware from loads. We decided on how far in we wanted the legs to go. So then we measured where we would place the leg brackets so that we would be certain to place them evenly all the way around, and then we attached the leg brackets. Once we have the leg brackets in place. We just then marked in the areas where they’re going to be screwed and we just put a little dot there so that if, by any chance, the bracket moved prior to getting it installed, we’d know where it was supposed to be laid, because we already had the holes there marked and then we just simply attached each leg bracket and moved on to the next one until complete and here’s the last leg bracket being installed. And after this, we will be installing the sides or I guess you could call it. Maybe the skirting of the ottoman – these are the 1 by sixes that my husband has already cut to size.
We just added a little glue to them and attach them. He was attempting here to secure it and we found out that his a brace here wasn’t quite big enough so and it was ok that his clamp didn’t quite fit because we had already planned to also use the Kreg on that. So it would be pretty secure. So it’s being cranked and glued and it will hold up pretty securely. So here we’re just installing it and we’ve already um had the holes put in with the Craig, so he can screw it into the top part, and the glue is also going to help it to stay secure and on a little side note if you’re going to Want your legs close to the edge and, if you’re, going to use these leg clamps, what I would suggest is, before you put your side pieces on and secure those two put your legs in and be certain that you can actually turn them in the event that You would ever want to remove your legs just to be sure that it’s not too close to the sides so with the glue and the Craig you’re sure to get a nice tight bite and these pieces aren’t going anywhere. So my husband decided that he wanted to go ahead and even though everything is nice and tight and secure, he wanted to add a finish nail here. So he’s just going around each corner and also putting in a finishing nail and here’s what the finished base part of the Ottoman looks like all put together now with the legs attached now we just have to add the batting and finishing pieces, and Just as a creative mind works, I’m already seeing in another project and looking at this Ottoman, as it is right now and as a matter of fact, maybe for some of you, maybe you just want a coffee table.
This might work for you as just a coffee table. You could paint it. You could maybe use a solid piece on top and paint it or whatever you like, but I think this is pretty easy so now that we have the main portion all set and ready to receive the foam and batting which, by the way, did not come from Lowe’S we purchased this from Walmart, so we cut the batting to fit evenly across the top and I did not have any adhesive spray. So we just used a hot glue, gun and glued down the foam pieces, and once we had it all situated into place and made sure all the edges were covered, we were able to apply the first piece and when we attach the second piece we were able To just pull the foam a little bit to close up the split there in the I wanted extra plush. So I also added that polyfill on top of the foam, and we then covered everything and the cotton batting and stapled that into place. Then I just cut away the excess cotton bag, so now that we had the cushioning and batting everything, nice and tight, it was time to add the fabric. My husband and I worked together. One of us would pull the fabric while the other held the other side to be certain that it didn’t pull, and we just pulled everything nice and tight. So once we have the two opposite: sides: nice and tight and stapled, we moved on to the other two opposing sides and we pull those nice and tight and stapled them as well. But before we staple, I made certain that my corners were going to come out and be a nice sharp edge just like. Maybe when you wrap a gift or something and as I got everything smoothed out on the corners, then we begin to staple the corners, so when the bottom portion of the fold on the corner was complete, we stapled that first I used this little wood tool that came with cotton stuffing. I used that to push the fabric in under the top fold to be certain that it was being smoothed out before I stapled it. Then we just cut away any excess fabric and the ottoman was done.