Unique Vintage Upholstered Ottoman DIY

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One thing we absolutely love about DIYs is that you can create, or recreate, any design you desire. Lately, upholstered ottomans have been on our mind, so naturally we decided to make our own. This way we can get exactly the style we want — and for this look, we decided to use a vintage rug for our fabric. It adds an authentic and ​gorgeous​ vibe to your home. Here's how you too can get the look using homemade techniques and a patterned Turkish rug scored off of Etsy.

Things You'll Need

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Step 1

Attach the table leg plates to each corner of the underside of your pine plywood board using a drill and the screws that came with your plates. You can choose your own placement for the legs, but we installed ours about 1 1/2 inches in from each corner of the plywood board.

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Step 2

Place the plywood board on top of your foam batting, and using a pen or marker, trace onto the batting where you'll need to cut. Then, cut the batting down to size using scissors or a utility knife.

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Step 3

Lay the vintage rug top-side-down on a flat surface, and then place the cut batting on top of that. Put the plywood board top-side-down (with the metal table leg plates showing) on top of the batting and rug. Use scissors to cut the rug down so that there's about six inches of overhang on each side.

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Step 4

Begin wrapping the rug around the sides of the batting and plywood board, and staple to the underside of the board. Just focus on the sides for right now — not the corners.

TIP:​ Pull as tightly as you can for a nice, tailored look in the end. And don't staple one side all at once. Instead, add one staple to the center of one side, turn the plywood board, and staple the center of the next side. Continue turning the board and stapling one side at a time until all sides of the plywood board have been tightly stapled.

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Step 5

Use the idea of hospital corners to upholster each of the four corners of your ottoman. The best thing to do is to watch a video on how to do this since a live demonstration is extremely helpful. Essentially, though, you'll need to pull and staple the rug neatly around the corners of the plywood board by using overlapping 45-degree folds — sort of like wrapping a present!

Image Credit: Carrie Waller
Image Credit: Carrie Waller

Step 6

After you've tightly stapled your corners and added any extra staples needed around the edges of your ottoman, use scissors to trim all of the excess fabric away to neaten the edges. All of this will be hidden once the ottoman is turned upright, but trimming will help your ottoman look as professionally done as possible.

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Step 7

Screw the wooden legs into place through the metal table leg plates you installed in Step 1. Now you're ready to enjoy your beautiful new ottoman!

Image Credit: Carrie Waller
Image Credit: Carrie Waller
Image Credit: Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their three pets.

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