30-minute upholstered storage ottoman





An upholstered storage ottoman is a dual-purpose piece of furniture. It can be used for seating or storage, plus we have added castors to our upholstered storage ottoman to make it mobile as well.

This mobile upholstered storage ottoman took 30 minutes to make, including the upholstered seat. The trick to cutting down on the time you spend making projects is to have all your materials cut to size and have everything you need at hand.





2 of 420 x 600mm - 16mm BisonBord - front/back

2 of 420 x 350mm - 16mm BisonBord - sides

2 of 382 x 600mm - 16mm BisonBord - top/bottom

4 of castors and 16mm screws

14 of 4 x 40mm cut screws

1 of 50mm thick medium-density foam cut to 382 x 600mm

2.5 metres of fabric


Drill / Driver + assorted bits

Bosch Tacker or staple gun and 8mm staples


Tape measure and pencil




1. Attach the sides section to the front and back using 45 x 40mm cut screws. You don't need to countersink as the head of the screw will sink into the BisonBord.




2. Place the base on top of the completed frame and secure in place with 4 x 40mm cut screws. Place two screws along the longer edges and 1 screw on the short sides.




3. Add the castors to the base using 16mm screws. Place the castors approximately 40mm in from the edges.




4. Place your cut foam on the top section. We used cut sections that we already had, but you can have foam cut to the exact size at most larger fabric stores.




5. Flip the lid over so that the foam is sitting on the reverse side of your fabric. Place close to the edge to cut out. Allow a 10cm border all the way around to allow you to lift up and staple to the underside of the top. 



Tuck under the fabric to reduce the chance of fraying and also provide a nice neat edge.



We used a Bosch Tacker to staple the fabric in place. If you find it hard to use a staple gun, a Bosch Tacker is easy to use and works by pressing the switch.




6. Start by stapling the front edge and then move to the opposite side, only pulling gently to ensure there is no loose fabric. Repeat this on the sides. Stop stapling at about 40cm from each corner.


7. Use scissors to cut off the 'bunny ears' at each corner. If you're not sure how much to cut off, only remove a small amount and tuck into the corner. If there is too much fabric and it bulks up the corner - cut off more.




8. Fold and tuck the fabric inside and over to create a neat, sharp edge. While we haven't finished off the corners in this project, you can handsew the edges closed with matching thread.




9. For our 30-minute ottoman we wrapped the box with pleather (faux leather). This ottoman is going to serve double-duty as seating and laundry container for a bathroom, so we chose a fabric that would work well in the room.


The fabric was cut to allow for stapling along the top and folding under the bottom before being stapled in place. One edge of the fabric was stapled down the side to secure. A more decorative option would be to use upholstery strips instead of staples.




There are other options for finishing your upholstered ottoman:


  • Wrap with thin batting and upholster in almost any type of fabric.
  • Add a piano or overlap hinge to the top to make it easier to open and close.
  • Add a flap hinge so that the lid stays open when in use.


Janice Anderssen

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