Learn how to build a DIY storage ottoman cube from scratch. The top has a reversible tray. The upholstered ottoman is a super easy build with no sewing involved!
Plus, we need extra seating in the living room.
This little storage ottoman cube is the perfect addition --
- It can be easily moved around
- It can be used for seating
- It has storage (who doesn’t need more of that?!)
- The top flips over for a nice tray too!
The best part about making this is that not only do I save $$. I also get to pick my own color for the fabric!
I will show you exactly how to build your own!
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- Lumber per the plans -- 3/4″ and 1/2″ Plywood and a 1 x 2 board
- Arrow Fastener T50X TacMate Heavy Duty Staple Gun
- Arrow Fastener T50 staples (5/16″)
- Fabric of your choice. I used dark green vinyl
- Foam -- I used 1″ thick
- Table leg plates
- Bun feet
- Spray adhesive
- Power Drill
- Table Saw or Circular Saw
- Kreg Jig
- 1-1/4″ pocket holes screws
- Brad nailer and 1-1/4″ finish nails.
- Edge banding
Storage ottoman building plans
Please click the button below to download the building plans for this storage ottoman cube including the cut list and 3-D drawings. The step by step instructions follow below.
How to build
Below is the full video showing how to build. Written step by step instructions follow.
Step 1 -- Make cuts and pocket holes
Make pocket holes on 2 sides of the 3/4″ plywood. Be sure to check out the special settings for plywood on the Kreg Jig.
Step 2 -- Build the box
Build the box by attaching the plywood using 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Be sure to use clamps to make sure all the joints are square and aligned.
Time to upholster!
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Step 3 -- Upholster box
Next, Upholster the box in the fabric of your choice. I picked a dark green vinyl because I wanted it to be easy to wipe and the color works well in my living room.
To efficiently use the expensive vinyl, I cut up 4 pieces for each side and wrapped it such that there was a fold on each corner.
To do this -- I stapled one end directly to the plywood.
Next, I stapled the inside of the next piece and folded it over to create the crease.
Then, I stapled the vinyl at the bottom and the top to keep it from moving.
Step 4 -- Upholster top
Step 5 -- Build tray
Apply edge banding to the 1/2″ plywood to finish off the edges.
Step 6 -- Join tray and top
This can vary based on the thickness of your upholstery fabric.
Since I was using a pretty thick vinyl, I ended up having to add 1/2″ spacers between the tray and the upholstered top to get even thickness. This made the thickness 1-1/2″ and I could use 1-1/4″ finish nails.
You may need smaller finish nails if you use thinner fabric and hence spacers.
Step 7 -- Add supports
Measure the exact height of the tray to the upholstered top.
Attach two 1x2 boards on the inside of two sides of the box based on the height of the tray. Use wood glue and 1-1/4″ wood screws.
Step 8 -- Add feet and finish
Stain or paint the interior of the ottoman and the tray. I used a warm brown stain.
And that is it!
We love the new addition to our living room.
In fact, I think I need to build one more! I already cut up the plywood for that!
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If you don;t want to make one, here is a list of Affordable Storage Ottomans you can buy!