I love anything tufted… Who wouldn’t?!? One day, I discovered an amazing teal tufted ottoman on Pinterest which would look fabulous in my living room! I decided I could make it myself and went to the store to price some MDF board for the base. When pricing the board, I realized it would be an expensive project after buying the supplies to make it and building it. My next thought was searching Goodwill, Salvation army, etc… I could not find a base that I liked or was willing to pay for so I went to the Habitat for Humanity. I was looking around I saw it! A light bulb clicked and I found my material for the base of my tufted ottoman. I know you are probably wondering, what could I have found?
Yes you are looking at cabinet doors and the great thing is that they only cost $1 per door. What a bargain! I went to trusty ole Lowes and purchased some 2×3′s to attach to the doors. I wanted to make sure it didn’t fall apart when two girls were jumping and crawling all over it. I did have to cut the white cabinets down because they were too tall. You can use a miter saw or a table saw to do this. Measure and cut the 2×3 to the height of the cabinet and attach the boards to each end. Make sure you pre-drill your hole or the wood will split.
Next, attach the sides by pre-drilling some holes on the outside and screw the screws in. I knew I was going to put foam on it so I was not worried about seeing any screws. I went back and put 2×3′s in middle of all the doors just to give it more support for when I attached it to the top.
Obviously, this is where I didn’t use my math skills very well. If I decided to make another ottoman, I would cut down the white cabinet a little more. I would also attach it to the inside of the brown cabinet and not the outside because it made my top 3/4” short. Luckily for me, the scrap from the white cabinet was 3/4” wide so my husband attached it to the top for me. I didn’t like how tall the ottoman ended up being so my dad used a table saw and help me cut it even shorter. Next, I drew evenly spaced lines and marked where I wanted my holes for the buttons and drilled away all the way around.
Cover with foam. Cut small holes in the foam in order to get the thread through the pre-drilled holes. Make the buttons with a button maker and thread all of them with a long strand of string. You will want to use a strong thread so it doesn’t break. I was debating what I wanted to cover the ottoman with because you need a lot of extra fabric when tufting. I decided on a full size sheet. It would be wide enough and I would have extra fabric for the tufting part. You can get a flat sheet pretty cheap. Place 2” foam all the way around the box. I decided I wanted it thicker. Foam can be expensive so I found a old comforter that was on my daughter’s old bed. It gave a little extra padding and was also free!
Now, it’s time to start tufting. Start in the middle of your project. Take a threaded button and put it through the hole and pull tight on the underneath and start stapling. I zigzagged the thread a little to make sure that it would stay tight.
After doing a couple of these, I realized it would be much easier if you had two people helping, so I called for backup. Go all the way around working from the middle out. After filling all of the holes with buttons, staple the extra fabric to the bottom. I had to work on my corners a little because there was a lot of extra fabric.
I decided to not cover the bottom of the ottoman so if I needed to replace a button I could. I didn’t think anyone would be lifting it up to see the bottom. Here is my finished tufted ottoman and I love it! Now, I just need to decide on a rug to go under it.