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Topic: HOW TO: Make your own ottoman!! (Many, many pictures!)  (Read 7370 times)
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« on: June 26, 2008 04:12:22 PM »

How to make a big, wonderful ottoman:

You will need:
  • Four pieces of 4' long wood
  • Four pieces of 2' long wood
  • Eight pieces of 1' long wood
  • One 4'x2' piece of plywood or something cheaper (just make it sturdy)
  • About 5 yards (or more, if you want) large-scale batting
  • About 4 yards of upholstery fabric
  • A gigantic bag of stuffing
  • Nails
  • A hammer
  • A staple gun
  • Staples for your staple gun
  • At least one friend
  • Some music to keep you sane

Step One:
Lay two of the 4' boards and two of the 2' boards our like so:
Note the use of the 1' boards as ninja weapons. Pretty awesome, eh?

Step Two:
Nail the boards together. Repeat for the remaining boards. You will end up with two rectangles that can also be used to frame your friends like living pictures.

Step Three:
Attach the 1' boards to each corner of one of the frames. For much needed extra support, evenly space two more and put them on the long sides of the frame.

Step Four:
Attach the other frame to the bottom of the 1' boards. You will end up with a rectangular box. This box can also be used as a coffin-esque trap for your friends. Note how the subject keeps her hands near her head. She's afraid. I trapped her in the box. Bwahahaha

Step Five
Take the plywood and nail it to the top of the box. You might want to pre-drill holes for the nails to go into, because this gets a little hard to nail into, unless you have a guide to do it with.

Step Six
Wrap your friends in the batting. Unwrap. Wrap the batting around the sides of the frame. Make sure to save some to cover the top of the ottoman. Staple the batting to the vertical boards so it stays in place. Here is where I run out of pictures because my camera battery died. Sorry!

Step Seven
Place the entire bag of stuffing on top of the ottoman. Put the extra batting on top of the stuffing so it won't move. Staple the edges down.

Step Eight
For an easy way to cover the ottoman, don't cut the upholstery fabric at all. Just center it over the top of the ottoman and staple the long sides down first. Make sure to pull the fabric as tight as humanly possible. (This is where your friends really come in handy.) Staple the fabric either to the bottom of the ottoman or wrap it just inside and staple it in there. If you do this, you won't have to worry about the staples scraping your hardwood floors or catching your rug.

Step Nine
Use your imagination to gather the extra fabric you will have on the shorter sides of the ottoman. We chose to make on really big box pleat on each side, but you could do so much more with it. Staple the fabric down like you did on the long sides.
This is the one picture I could muster out of my camera before it completely died. Sad times.

Congrats! You have just made a really awesome and cheap ottoman! If you're feeling adventurous, you can add pockets to the sides of it. Or you could use one piece of fabric for the top and another for the bottom. OR you could use a different piece of fabric for all 4 sides and the top and put some piping in between the seams to make it look awesomely professional. You pick.

Let me know if you used this as inspiration for one of your own projects!

Here's a picture of the finished project:

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2008 04:31:17 PM »

Awesome ottoman! It's huge! great job!

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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2008 04:45:25 PM »

nice job! funny tutorial too.

« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2008 11:26:20 PM »

 Cheesy you are great girls!

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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2008 12:14:31 AM »

Way cool, I really hope to do this soon; looks like fun! Is it comfortable?

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« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2008 12:26:31 AM »

What a fantastic tute!!! Love the WIP pictures and narrative!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2008 08:59:33 AM »

xerinnpx: it's pretty comfortable. if we had bought more stuffing to go on the top, it would have been a lot more comfy.
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2008 07:36:23 AM »

You guys looked like you had so much fun making this that I might give it a try. I've put it on my long list of things to do for the house  Tongue
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