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A Simple to Build Ottoman with Storage

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman

This ottoman is the simplest of builds… The DIY plans to build a Storage Shelf Ottoman feature an open lower shelf and a padded top. This plan is suitable for those new to woodworking and can definitely be completed in a weekend!

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman_Copy

Materials:

  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)

Lumber:

  • 2 – 2×2 at 8′
  • 1 – 2×3 at 8′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 4 – 2×2 at 17″ – Legs
  • 4 – 2×2 at 19″ – Lower Aprons
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19″ x 19″ – Lower Panel
  • 4 – 2×3 at 19″ – Upper Aprons
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 19″ x 19″ – Upper Panel

For the cushion:

  • 1 – 24″ x 24″ x 2″ piece of foam (it can be cut to size with a bread knife)
  • 1 yard of decorator fabric
  • Velcro for the closure (if the cover will be removed to be laundered)

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman

Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the legs and the lower aprons. With the pocket hole jig set for 1-1/2″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the lower apron pieces. Secure the aprons to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman_Lower Aprons & Legs

Step Two

Cut the piece for the lower panel. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the lower panel to the lower aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the panel will be flush with the top edge of the lower aprons.

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman_Lower Panel

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the upper aprons. Set the pocket hole jig for 1-1/2″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the upper apron pieces. Secure the aprons to the legs using glue and 2-1/2″ pocket hole screws.

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman_Upper Stretchers

Step Four

Cut the piece for the upper panel. Set the pocket hole jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in all four edges. Secure the upper panel to the upper aprons using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the panel will be flush with the top edge of the upper aprons.

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman_Top Panel

Finish as desired.

To make the cushions, I have a post about making a basic box cushion here. They are very detailed and easy to follow!

DIY Plans to Build a Storage Shelf Ottoman_Cushion

This ottoman is the perfect place to relax your feet and keep reading material or a knitting project close by! Have any questions about the DIY plans to build a Storage Shelf Ottoman? Leave a comment below!

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