DIY: Ottoman Crates!

September 26, 2014

Have you ever seen those cute little ottomans at Walmart, Target, and TJ Maxx with a price tag starting at $25 that go upwards of $60?! Well, I can tell you one thing, as soon as I fell in love with them I knew I wanted one, but there was no way I was paying that price! After scouring the internet I finally found a solution!

These DIY Cushion Crates as I sometimes call them are really inexpensive to make (the fabric was the most expensive part, but that can change depending on what material you want).

Here's what you'll need:

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  • Crates
  • Plywood (preferably already cut to size by the lovely workers at Lowe's)
  • Scissors/Box Cutter (make sure they're sharp!)
  • A ruler
  • A foam cushion
  • Fabric
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples

The first step is to measure your lips on your crates where the cushion will rest. Once that is done and your plywood is cut, we have to cut the foam down to size. Now, there are two methods to achieve this. One method involves scissors and one involves a box cutter or you can use both like I did!
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Take a sharpie and make a line for where to cut on the foam. Then make an initial cut with the box cutter as one person holds the foam and board down to give a guide. Then continue to cut down with the scissors (this will hurt your hands after a little while so make sure to give yourself breaks!) If you're wondering where I got my foam I purchased one from Joann's and one from AC Moore. Here's the brands and sizes:

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Once you have your wood and foam the same size now it's time to attach the fabric!
Sorry I don't have pictures for this part, but here's how I did it!

Lay the fabric out on a large table and basically wrap it up like a present except instead of tape use the staple gun. And that's it your very own cushion crates!

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