An ottoman can create the perfect centerpiece of your living room, or be placed at the end of the bed as a stepping stool to cozy up the bedroom. Its other practicalities include it being a storage place! You can throw away all the unnecessary clutter around in it to make your living space look clean and tidy.

Building a storage ottoman requires very less skill and craftsmanship, as it is very simple to make. Here is what you have to do:


Things you will need


  • ½ – inch plywood
  • Wood strips in 2-inches
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Staple gun
  • Hot glue
  • Wood glue
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
  • 4-inch foam (for a padded ottoman)
  • Quilt batting
  • Upholstery fabric
  • 4-feet ribbon





  1. Measure a size you want for the ottoman. It could be rectangular shaped, or squared-shaped. A standard height for an ottoman is 20-inches.


  1. From the plywood, cut the front and equivalent backsides. Then cut the side panels according to your


  1. Keep an inch in length and width to manage the thickness of the panels at the bottom.


  1. With the wood glue and screw, attach the front and the back panels to the bottom. You should pre-drill the holes with a counter bore to that the upholstery isn’t torn with the screw heads.


  1. Wipe away any excess glue.


  1. Screw the side panels to the front and back.


  1. Cut a lid for the box you have made now. Use the plywood for the lid. Cut 2-inch wood strips to fit all around the edges. Glue the edges and secure with finishing nails.


  1. You can add legs or feet now at the bottom of the box if you desire.


  1. Paint the exterior, or use fabric around the box and staple it to the box.


  1. To create a padding on the top, cut the foam according to the top dimensions of the lid, with ¼-inches hanging over the edges. Glue the foam to the lid. Cover the foam then with batting, and overlap its sides. Staple from the underside when you have neatly wrapped it around.


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