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Box projects: How to make a storage ottoman :DIY Home Decor

As you know, I’m a big fan of box projects. It just seems to be such a waste to use a box only once, so I really enjoy giving them new beginnings as other things. Another thing I’m a big fan of is furniture with storage space. Especially in a living room, it is nice to have a place where frequently used things such as throws and pillows can be stowed so that you can laze around later. This boxed stool is really triple – it is a place where you can rest your feet after a long day, a storage place and an easy way to upgrade a room! Give it a try – I bet it will also be one of your favorite box projects!

Box projects - how to make a storage stool

Supplies for this box project:

  • wooden box
  • 1/2 “-3/4” plywood
  • 1/2 “x 3/4” x 6 “pine board
  • Poly-fil
  • material
  • Staple gun
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Castors or table legs (optional)
  • Spray paint or stain (optional)

Step 1) Measure the length and width of the top of the wooden box. Tip: if you are making more than one, measure each box before cutting the wooden board. Each box is different in size.

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Step 2) Cut the plywood using a miter saw, table saw or circular saw to measure. Put aside.

Tip: If you do not have any of the saws mentioned above, you can ask your local hardware store to cut the wood for you. If you choose this option, make sure you have your measurement in advance.

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Step 3) If you are dyeing or spraying your crate project, do it now so it can dry as you finish the top. I also decided to paint the inside of the box. Let dry.

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Step 4) Cut a 1/2 “x 3/4” pine board into the following dimensions:

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Step 5) Make an inner box to prevent the top from slipping off the box. Fasten with screws or finish nails.

Tip: If you use screws, first drill a small pilot hole in the wood so that the boards do not splinter.

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Step 6) Lay the fabric right side down.

Step 7) Place Poly-Fil on the fabric.

Step 8) Lay the smooth plywood side down on poly-fil.

Step 9) Fold the fabric over the inner box lip and secure it with staples.

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Step 10) Repeat on the other side.

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Step 11) Fold in corners and staple. I fold my corners using the same technique I use to wrap a gift.

Box projects - How to make storage Ottoman

Once you’ve stapled all 4 pages, flip them over and admire your work. You just have to put it on your box.

Box projects - how to make a storage stool

Step 12) Turn your box over and add your casters or furniture feet to the bottom of your box. This is an optional step. You can definitely omit this step.

Box projects - how to make a storage stool

Turn your box over again, add the top and voila!

Check out this video that I created in the JOANN app. I love this app because I can view a project, get a quote list and get vouchers in one place.

You can also download this app and create projects like this. This app is available for iOS and Android.

Are you like me and can’t get enough of box projects? Check out these other tutorials too!

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