Published on January 11th, 2014 | by Shantelle0
DIY: How to Build an Upholstered Tufted Ottoman EZ! (No-Sew)
How to Build an Upholstered Ottoman from Scratch EZ!
Materials for DIY Upholstered Ottoman
1 Yard of Fabric
1 Yard of Muslin Fabric for bottom closure
Plywood (29″ x17″)
4-1/2″ Arch Taper Table Legs by Waddell
Drill Bit and Diamond Drill Bit
Staple Gun and Staples
Coverered Buttons Visit [DIY:How to Cover Buttons with Fabric EZ] Note: Since I’m using thick upholstery fabric I used the 2nd technique of this tutorial.
Directions for DIY Upholstered Ottoman
Note: Visit [Tutorial: Diamond Tufting Diagram:Ottoman] to find out where to drill holes in the plywood for placement of buttons.
1. Spray the plywood and foam with adhesive spray and apply the foam to the plywood with atleast 5′ thickness.
2. Stand plywood up and stick an upholstery needle through each hole from the back of the plywood. Use a marker to mark each drill hole on the foam.
3. Using a power drill and diamond drill bit, drill holes through the foam.
Tip: Start the power drill up before touching the foam with it, if not, the foam will get caught onto the drill bit.
Tip: I used my fingers to pull the foam apart to make bigger holes.
4. Lay batting on top of foam and use your fingers to make holes in the batting where the drill holes are.
5. Place fabric over batting and cut the excess fabric leaving just enough for tufting.
6. Thread the upholstery needle with twine, so that you have two strands.
7. Turn plywood over onto it’s side, with the fabric draped over it and staple once in center so that the fabric will stay in place. Insert the upholstery needle into the middle hole.
8. Push the upholstery needle through the foam until the twine is visible.
9. Slide the needle through the covered button until the button reaches the twine.
10. Cut the needle from the twine and tie a knot to secure the button.
11. Pull the twine from the back until you have a nice deep tufted button.
12. Secure the button by stapling the twine to the plywood.
13. Repeat steps 6-12, following the “diamond tufting pattern” below, starting with #1, until all buttons are attached.
Tip: Tightly secure each button before going to the next one.
Note: Nice creases will form naturally if you follow this pattern. I tested alot of different patterns, but this one seemed to be the only one where the creases were nice and even.
14. Pull the fabric to straighten out and staple to the plywood to secure tightly. Staple the corners last.
Tip: Make sure to staple the corners close to the edges to give space for the table legs.
15. Cut the excess fabric and twine.
16. Use a mallet to add the nailhead trim to the wood portion of the ottoman.
17. To cover the bottom, staple muslin along the edges and cut excess fabric.
18. Using the table legs as a guide, drill holes into the muslin/plywood.
19. Secure the table legs into the plywood with screws.
20. Stand the ottoman up on its legs and enjoy your new DIY Ottoman made from scratch!