My wife and I made a DIY Round Ottoman Footstool as a Christmas present for my mother-in-law. Sitting on a couch with legs on the footstool and reading a book is much more comfortable now.
There are many different kinds of footstools and ottomans that people make. Some call it a pouf or a hassock depending if it has legs or storage. The ottoman pouf we made is very simple without storage nor legs. The top has a very soft cushion and a strong frame to support the weight of a person if someone sits or stands on it.
For this pouf, we bought fur-like fabric to make it soft and cozy. It took a little bit longer to sew it together, but it turned out really nice.
A lot of people ask why is ottoman called the Ottoman. The name Ottoman came from Osman, a bey from a tribe in western Turkey, who declared independence from the Seljuk Turks. Ottoman Turks would usually rest their feet on the footstool found in their house or tent as they lounge. The first wooden ottomans had no legs that sat “directly on the floor being constructed in box form with storage space under the seat with a non fixed lid.” (Read: http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Hist…)
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Ottoman Pouf PDF
This PDF download includes Cut Diagrams, a List of Supplies, and 3D illustrations with detailed steps to build the project. Measurements are in imperial and not metric. Does NOT include SketchUp/CAD files.
Note: Lumber dimensions are listed as nominal size. See lumber sizes for actual dimensions vs nominal.
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Step 1 – Cut 16×16 Boards From ¾” Plywood
Take 3/4″ plywood and cut two 16″x16″ pieces using a skill saw. Find the middle of the board by drawing two lines from each corner. Measure 7 1/2″ from the center of the cross and draw a circle. The diameter of the circle is 15”. There are different methods to draw a perfect circle but I used a scrap piece of plywood and drilled a small hole on one end where I could insert a pencil. Then nailed this piece to the center of the X and went around in the circle. Do this for both of the 16×16 boards.
Step 2 – Using a Jig Saw Cut 15” Round Discs
Using a jig saw, cut the circle following the pencil mark.
Step 3 – Cut 2×9 Side Pieces
Now take 1/2″ plywood and cut 2″x9″ pieces. You will need 20 of these boards.
Step 4 – Attached Side Pieces to Bottom Disc
Attach 2″x9″ pieces to the round disc with wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails using a nail gun.
Step 5 – Attached Side Pieces to Top Disc
Once all of the 2×9 pieces are attached to the bottom round disc. Then attach the upper disc with wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails. You’re done with the fame of the footstool.
Step 6 – Place Foam Cushion on Top and Wrap with Quilt Batting
Take 4” thick foam cushion and cut it 1” larger than the top, so 16” in diameter. Place the cushion on top of the footstool pouf. Then take the Poly-Fit Low-Loft Batting and wrap around the ottoman frame and staple it to plywood boards.
Step 7 – Wrap the Pouf With Inner Fabric
To keep the top foam cushion and quilt in place wrap the entire pouf with thin inner fabric before sewing the outer fabric. We used a small black t-shirt to slide over the cushion and stapled it at the bottom. The top neck opening was sewed together as well.
Step 8 – Sew the Outer Fabric for the Ottoman Footstool
For the outer fabric cut two round pieces at 16″ in diameter and one piece at 16″x50″. First, on the inside sew the 50″ long piece to the top round 16″ piece overlapping the fabrics by 1/2″. So when you invert the fabric the finished diameter is 15″. Now you could slide the outer fabric over the ottoman footstool. Finish by sewing two 22″ zippers to the bottom piece so that outer fabric could be taken off for washing. You’re done with DIY round ottoman footstool!