An ottoman is a versatile piece of furniture that can be used as a footrest, extra seating, or coffee table. It typically has a padded top and may have storage space inside. Ottomans come in various shapes, sizes, and styles, making them a popular choice for any room in the house.
What’s the difference between ottomans, footstools, and poufs?
While ottomans, footstools, and poufs are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the three. A footstool is typically more petite and utilized mainly for resting your feet, whereas an ottoman is more prominent and can be used for various purposes i.e. as a coffee table.
Conversely, a pouf is a low seat or cushion typically round or cylindrical in shape and generally made of soft materials like fabric, leather, or knitted yarn. It is often used as a footstool, extra seating, or decorative accent in a room. All 3 are versatile pieces of furniture that can add a cozy and comfortable touch to any space.
This post on DIY ottoman tutorials features three easy and affordable ways to create your own ottoman using IKEA products. With time and effort, you can create a custom DIY ottoman that perfectly matches your decor and meets your needs. So why not try your hand at one of these IKEA hacks to add a stylish and functional piece of furniture to your home?
How to make an IKEA ottoman, the easy way
Tori of Va Va Room shows us how in her IKEA hack project of a cube stool ottoman. It’s a relatively simple project that can be completed over a weekend, even for a beginner DIYer. This is an easy method to get a budget-friendly ottoman that looks good and performs perfectly as extra seating.
You’ll need some essential tools, such as a hammer, a staple gun, and a hot glue gun, as well as some materials, including foam padding, fabric, and wood board. The basic steps involve adding foam padding, upholstering the ottoman with wadding, and making an ottoman cover. This DIY ottoman will need some sewing by hand or machine.
DIY ottoman with IKEA KALLAX cube
IKEA KALLAX cube
25 mm pins
Step 1: Get an IKEA KALLAX cube
Tori started with the KALLAX cube she scored from the As-is corner. If you’re buying new, it will cost $34.99 each.
Step 2: Cover up the side
Her advice is to get a 3mm hardboard to cover up the side of the stool. The preferred size is 0.81m X 0.41m x 3mm. Get the store to cut the board into two for you, and you’ll end up with two panels of just the right size to cover up the sides.
Step 3: Secure the board
Tori used a hammer and pins to secure the hardboard to the side of the KALLAX cube. She left one side open for storage, but that did not happen. “But it could if you’re nifty with sewing!” she explains.
Step 4: Add foam padding for the seat
The next step is to measure and cut a piece of 1″ foam for the seat top. Use hot glue to stick the foam down to the top of the KALLAX shelving unit.
Step 5: Staple wadding to the cube
After that, she stapled wadding all over the cube, cutting away excess and tucking in the seams before stapling them down.
She used an old sheet to cut out a template of the cube. Then, she laid the template on the fabric and cut it out with a bit of a margin. Drap the fabric over the cube — inside out — and start pinning, pulling the fabric smooth and taut.
Remove from the cube and start sewing. You can sew with a machine or by hand. Pull the ottoman cover over the cube once all the sides are joined and the edges seamed. The cover is removable.
And this is how amazing it looks when done.
DIY ottoman from a crate and old jeans
I made a handy rustic ottoman using an old pair of jeans and an IKEA KNAGGLIG box. Not only does it look fantastic, it is a footstool, extra seat, and handy magazine store all in one. Being on caster wheels, it’s nifty, too; the kids love to whizz around the living room on it. You can personalize your IKEA ottoman with wheels by stenciling your family name on the side of the crate and using an old pair of your favorite jeans for the upholstered seat.
The choice of material is up to you. We are a denim family, but it could easily be converted into a faux leather ottoman or farmhouse cotton tufted ottoman.
I love the industrial/rustic vibe of this ottoman. I have it in my living room, but it would also be great for a man cave or teen bedroom.
4. Place foam on top of the pallet and position the bedsheet on top so there’s enough fabric to go under the pallet. This will be stapled to the bottom and form an under-layer.
Draw a rough outline of foam on the sheet and then flip the whole lot on the floor, mattress on top, pallet on top of the mattress. I had help from my cats for this step!
5. Staple the sheet to one side of the pallet, then pull tight and staple to the opposite side. Do the same for the remaining two sides. Tuck in and trim fabric for the corners (this can be a bit tricky!).
6. Flip the ottoman over and make sure the fabric is tight and even. Do the same for the material you will use as the final covering.
I used the stunning pink fabric with hands and birds by Kristine Mandsberg, which I got in IKEA several years ago. I had been using it as a backdrop to my bed but changed my decor, and it sat in the cupboard for years before being used for this ottoman.
7. The final step I have yet to do is to find and attach feet to the ottoman. However, it functions perfectly without them.
How long and how much did it cost?
It takes about 8 hours total and costs €5 for the staples! I had everything else at home.
What do you like most about this DIY Ottoman?
The fabric I used is like a piece of art, and the ottoman is sturdy and comfortable enough to be used as extra seating.
What was the most challenging part about this hack?
Folding the fabric for the corners!
What to pay special attention to?
I’m delighted with how it turned out. And I’ve received many lovely compliments and a request to make some for others!
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.