How to make a tufted ottoman
Ottomans or upholstered cubes are wonderful to have in a lounge or living area. They not only provide additional seating when required, but can also serve as an extra table if needed (with the addition of a glass top). These cubed ottomans are given a tufted and upholstered top.
The frame for the ottoman or cube comprises a plywood frame with 4 equal sides and a top that sits on top of the sides. Everything is glued and screwed together for a study frame for the ottoman.
You will need:
4 x 400 x 400mm 18mm plywood
1 x 418 x 418mm 18mm plywood
Drill/driver + drill and screw bits
2 metres of lightweight batting
2 metres of fabric
50mm thick medium density sponge 418 x 418mm
Construct the cube or frame as shown above. This makes for a very sturdy ottoman that can be used as extra seating.
Place the piece of 50mm foam on the top of the frame and then wrap the entire frame and cushion with lightweight batting.
Cut a piece of fabric to cover the top section of the ottoman and 2cm of the top of the frame and use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the frame.
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Don't rush the corners. Play around with the fabric until you have a neatly finished corner and then staple down.
Turn the frame on its side so that you can drill 4 small (2mm) holes through the top. Use a long upholstery needle and embroidery thread to go through the bottom and out the top (through the foam). Slip on an upholstered bottom, one with a metal shank, and then go back down through the drilled hole. To fasten off on the underside, attach a small button.
Cut enough fabric to cover the bottom section and apply along the top - in the same place that you attached the top section - holding the fabric face in (backwards). Staple in place and let the fabric drop down. In doing in this way you won't be able to see the staples!
Fold under the edges and use a glue gun to close and join the edges together.
Cut away any excess and staple the bottom of the fabric to the bottom edge of the plywood - all the way around.
Use a hammer to tap in the upholstery pins in a single, solid (and level) line all around the top of the frame.