This post is sponsored by the Leather Hide Store. However, I will still be providing my amazing readers with opinions that are 100% my own, and based on my personal experience using their AWESOME products.
DIY Leather Ottoman
When you start off a new project what do you look for?
A particular style?
Or maybe you just like to stick to a favorite color theme?
Me? I stick to the easiest and cheapest way to go!
I hate spending a lot of money on a product when I know I (or Mike–aka. Super Talented Hubby) can just make in a few short hours.
Recently we have been revamping our living space (slowly, but surely!), and realized that an ottoman would greatly enhance this area. Mike is a huge fan of leather furniture so of course the Leather Hide Store was our first stop when designing this beauty of a piece!
So, without further ado… here is (in my personal opinion) one of the EASIEST ways to make your very own DIY Leather Ottoman.
- We found an old table with nice solid legs (the legs alone can sell for $25 each brand new). We got the whole table for a whooping $5! Heck yea!
- It took ten minutes to disassemble the table and cut the legs to length, 14 inches in our case.
3. We wanted a large ottoman so we went with an overall size of 42″x42″ so for our frame we use 1″x4″ pine and cut two boards to 42″ and the others to 40&1/2″ (when butted against the others they’ll total 42″ as well).
4. We then pre-drilled three holes on each end of the 42″ boards with a 1/8″ drill bit.
TIP: Pre-drilling is absolutely necessary to avoid splitting this close to the ends.
5. With some wood glue and 2″ coarse drywall screws (coarse threaded screws have more bite into wood) we joined our frame together.
6. Cut 1/2″ plywood 42″x42″ and attach to the top of the frame. We chose 1&1/2″ 16 gauge nails and nail gun for to save us time, but if you don’t have a nail gun this could be done with 1&1/4″ coarse drywall screws.
TIP: Use wood glue as well!
7. Cut four 1″x3″s 14″long mitered to 45degrees on the ends and attach them in each corner. The placement of these boards will sturdy up the frame and take a lot of the flex out of the plywood.
8. Then cut and affix your padding.
This step will depend on your preference. Since we really wanted the center to give an “overstuffed” appearance we layered our foam as follows; 1″thick 42″x42″ square piece of high density foam, a 24″ round piece of 1″ hdf centered, a 42″x42″ piece of batting material, another square piece of 1″ thick hdf 42″x42″, a 20″ round piece of 1″ hdf centered, another piece of batting material 42″x42″, a final 42″x42″ piece of hdf, and finally……a piece of batting material draped over everything to about 70″x70″.
9. Last, we covered our ottoman with leather. I draped the leather material over the entire piece with plenty of extra on all sides (approximately 72″X72″) .
TIP: Start by tacking each side in the center with a couple of staples. getting a snug but not overly tight fit. Then, fold over the corners, stretch, and tack your way around ensuring all of the staples are hidden underneath.
Love the color of our leather? We used this Creamy Chocolate color. P.S. Don’t forget to check the size to ensure you get the right one!
How gorgeous did this new beauty turn out?!
Happy DIY’ing this weekend, and see ya again on Monday :)