Build the Raylan Ottoman

An Easy to Build Ottoman for the Indoors or Outdoors

This amazing ottoman, inspired by Pottery Barn, is a really awesome build! The plans to build a Raylan ottoman include the templates for the side/leg combo in a plan suitable for all skill levels!

build raylan ottoman _ dimensions

The templates can be transferred to a piece of poster board and traced on the plywood or board glue-up then cut out with a jigsaw or bandsaw.


  • 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 3″ High density foam at 11″ x 22″
  • Upholstery batting (<– affiliate link!)
  • Fabric to cover foam
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies


  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 21-1/2″ – Stretchers
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood at 16-5/16″ x 21-1/2″ – Base
  • 2 – Side and Leg Assemblies**

build raylan ottoman

Notes About the Project:

  • Print the templates, align the registration marks and tape the pieces together.
  • The side/legs combo pieces will be cut out first, and the base and stretchers can be cut from the scrap.
  • Sand the pieces prior to assembly!

Step One

Trace the template on the sheet of plywood. Cut the pieces out using a jigsaw or a bandsaw.

build raylan ottoman _ sides legs

Step Two

Cut the pieces for the stretchers from the scrap. With the pocket hole jig set for 3/4″ material, drill pocket holes in each end of the stretcher pieces. Secure the stretchers to the side/legs pieces using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Make sure they are centered with a 16-5/16″ space between them.

build raylan ottoman - stretchers

Step Three

Cut the piece for the base and drill pocket holes in all four sides. Secure the base to the stretchers and side/legs using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. The top face of the base will be flush with the top face of the stretchers.

build raylan ottoman - base

Finish as desired.

To Make the Cushion:

Here is a fabulous step by step tutorial I wrote years ago about making a box cushion… and it doesn’t require a zipper!

Have questions about the plans to build a Raylan ottoman? Leave a comment below!