Making your own DIY ottoman isn’t very hard – but it’s not always budget friendly. But we wanted one, so I had to figure out how to do it on the cheap. I started mine with a coffee table I found at Goodwill – but you could definitely make your own coffee table and start there. Either way, making your own DIY ottoman is a great way to add a little comfort to your space.
HOW TO MAKE A DIY OTTOMAN FROM A COFFEE TABLE
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I thought long and hard about building my own base, until I found this coffee table at Goodwill for $10 – which was cheaper than building one, score!
I wasn’t a fan of the orange-toned wood, so I gave it a couple of coats of flat white spray paint to give it a more cottage look.
If I were smarter, I would have run it though my table saw to shave 2 inches off each end before painting – but sometimes my brain gets ahead of itself, so I had to wait until mine was dry, #notsosmart. It’s all good, though, because after covering it, you won’t see a thing!
This is my big secret – the foam mattress pad. Typically to buy a huge old chunk of foam from the fabric store, it would have been about $100, plus you still need the batting & spray. But a mattress pad is only $10 – that’s a big savings! I actually had the spray adhesive on hand, but you only need a little – and you’ll also need some quilt batting.
Spray a layer of adhesive to keep the foam in place securely.
The mattress pad was large enough for 3 layers, so the first layer is with the wavy side down. Then spray adhesive and put the second layer wavy side up, sprayed again and put wavy side down, so it was smooth on top. Somehow I didn’t have photos of the other two layers – oops! Just remember that you want the top smooth. Then trim each layer all the way around to make it all neat.
And that’s how I made a DIY ottoman from a coffee table. Have you ever made one?