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 – ¾″ and ½″ 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
- 1-¼″ pocket holes screws
- Brad nailer and 1-¼″ 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 ¾″ 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 1-¼″ 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 ½″ 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 ½″ spacers between the tray and the upholstered top to get even thickness. This made the thickness 1-½″ and I could use 1-¼″ 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 1×2 boards on the inside of two sides of the box based on the height of the tray. Use wood glue and 1-¼″ 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!