How to build a simple upholstered ottoman cube for less than $20. Pick your own fabric, make your own color!
2 – 1x3 boards 8 feet long
1 – 2x2 board 8 feet long
1 yard batting
1 yard decorator fabric
1 – 15” x 17” x 2” foam
7 – 1x3 @ 15 ½”
4 – 2x2 @ 16”
4 – 1x3 @ 15” long
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Build two side frames as shown above.
Then join together to make a cube.
Add some top slats. I used the top slats instead of a solid top just incase you had a spill :)
Now cover the sides in thick cardboard or 1/4" plywood.
And sew a slipcover. To smooth out edges, you can cover the ottoman in batting before adding the slipcover.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.