I got this idea from my friend Aubrey over at The Kinch Life. She made her own ottoman and it turned out amazing! Since we live in a super small apartment, we don't have a lot of room for a huge, nice ottoman. I looked everywhere for a small one, but they were all at least $50 and I was not about to spend that much on a tiny ottoman, sorry. So when I saw Aubrey post that she MADE hers, I thought duh, I can do that! So, I went to work! I didn't want to go to a fabric store to hunt for fabric because I knew there would be way too many that I would want, so I started thinking about what else I could use instead. I was wondering the aisles of Target I came across the cutest shower curtain ever, and decided I could use it for the ottoman! I didn't want a solid color because our couch is a solid dark brown, and then our apartment came with an already painted dark brown accent wall. I needed something with color and design that wasn't tooooo crazy and obnoxious.
-Large/thick piece of foam, to whatever size you want. Ours was 22"x 22".
-A piece of plywood about an inch shorter than your foam, so ours was cut to 21"x 21".
-Hardware to screw the legs into, found mine at Home Depot in the wooden leg area
-4 legs 9" tall. Aubrey talks about how she had to go back and forth to try to get the right size, so luckily I had already read her post and didn't have to do that!
-Stain/paint for the legs
-Staple gun (got mine at Home Depot for like $9.00 I think
-Fabric (I used a shower curtain)
Step 1: Stain/paint the legs! It took a long time for my stain to dry! While drying, cut the curtain in half, and turn over so the right side up is facing the floor. Place the foam in the middle of the fabric, and place the plywood on top of that. (go to Aubrey's page for pics on this! HERE)
Step 2: Pull up the fabric and wrap the plywood on one side, and staple it to the plywood. I had to get my husband to help me with this. Continue to wrap and staple the fabric around the plywood, be sure you are pulling tight. You can even turn it over to make sure it's flat and doesn't have any wrinkles. Wrap the corners like you do a present, or at least that is what I did!
Step 3: Once that is done, I folded the leftover fabric under and stapled it again to make it look nice. Take your hardware and drill and screw it onto the corners of the ottoman.
Step 4: Screw in your painted/stained legs, and wah la! You have yourself an ottoman!