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This contributor post was written by Katherine of Making Chicken Salad.

In my opinion there can never be enough of the following in our home: storage solutions and layers of pattern. These DIY ottomans are super easy and fulfill both of those criteria! And, at less than an hour put together they make a perfect Saturday morning project.

Here are the materials you will need: 1. Plain storage ottoman. For those pictured above I used one microfiber ottoman and one velvet one with rhinestone buttons--they were both pretty ugly to begin with but at less than $15 each they are perfect candidates for a makeover; 2. 2 yards of fabric; 3. piping in a contrasting color/pattern; 4. staple gun & plenty of staples; 5. upholstery tacks & a hammer; 6. either a sewing machine or a hand sewing needle and thread.

Here is how you make it:
1. Let's start with the base of the ottoman. Use your otttoman as a pattern to trace and cut out your fabric. Do this by measuring the width of one side, then multiplying that measurement by four and adding six inches.

2. Place your ottoman on its side on the long piece of fabric and bring the edge up and over the top. Place a few staples to keep the fabric in place.

3. Tightly pull the other edge of the fabric around the ottoman, with the raw edge folded under. Pull the folded fabric right over the staples you placed. Nail one upholstery tack into the center of the edge, and then one in each corner, pulling the fabric taught as you go. Once the fabric is held securely in place, fill in the rest of the edge with tacks.

4. Flip the ottoman upside down so the bottom is facing up. Tuck the raw edges under and staple all of the way around. Depending on the style of your ottoman you can either tuck and staple around the feet, or loosen the feet and tuck the fabric underneath, as I did.

5. Stand the ottoman on its feet, right side up. Tuck the raw edges of the fabric under and fold over the top of the ottoman. Staple the fabric to the inside of the of the ottoman, all of the way around. The base is now finished & you are ready to move onto the lid.

6. Place the ottoman lid upside down on your work surface and slice all of the way around the edges so that you can easily peel the fabric off to use as a pattern. Cut one square center piece and four edge strips the exact same sizes as the pieces of the original lid covering.

7. Sandwich the piping in between the edges of the center piece and each of the edge pieces, and stitch around the perimeter of the fabric. Then, stitch the ends of each of the edge pieces together.

8. Place the new cover over the lid, fold the edges under, and staple all of the way around the inside edge of the lid. Your finished product will look much better if you are sure to keep the fabric taught as you go. And, you are done!


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About Katherine: Katherine Jalaty lives in Northern California, where she spends her time taking care of her family and making things for her new home. Her blog, Making Chicken Salad: The Art of Something Out of Nothing, is where she shares DIY projects, recipes and bits of inspiration from her own life and from other artists. Keep up with her on the blog or on Twitter @katherinejalaty.


After a invigorating look at the color orange, this week's Interior Obsessions with FormFire Glassworks shifts gears again, returning to the realm of furniture, specifically the ottoman or its more deconstructed sister, the pouf. I also tend to put any upholstered bench into this category, basically anything that has no back and  is a (relatively) soft surface. The advantage of using this type of piece in your living space is twofold: it can be a multipurpose piece, used either for seating or as a table-like surface, and it doesn't block the line of sight. It is the perfect piece to use when you want to add seating in front of a floor to ceiling glass area, or between two areas open to each other, where you want to look past the ottoman to see the rest of the seating area without being blocked by a seatback. Add a tray, and you have a hard surface to use to display your favorite accessories!

The ottoman or upholstered bench comes in many sizes, from a simple cube that seats one to a full-length daybed, and all sizes in between. It can be solid all the way to the ground, or have thin legs  that give it a very light profile. It can be topped in leather, fabric or natural reeds. The frame can be wood or metal - there are tons of choices! The piece that is typically called a pouf serves the same purpose, but lacks internal structure, being basically a large floor pillow that owes its structure to its filling and to careful upholstery construction. This type of furniture is not just limited to the living spaces of your home, either. They can be used to create an eclectic dining table seating, add some softer horizontal surface to the end of the bed, or even provide a quick seating area in the bathroom for a spa-like feel. Because they are lower and smaller than a sofa, they are also a great way to introduce a shot of color into a room without relying on accessories for all your non-neutrals. They can be easily shifted from location to location, and make some great alternate seating for entertaining.

(above) Open Bench in front of Glass

Daybed with Fireplace + Ottoman as Coffee Table

Modernist Ottoman allows for View

Shaggy Pouf + Leather Pouf

Upholstered Bench in Green + Multiple Cubes add Color