DIY Ottoman…IKEA Hack

Ottoman Pic

We recently moved into a new home and I have been on the hunt for a cocktail sized ottoman that wasn’t going to break the bank.  I knew that I needed an ottoman that was approximately 36″ square.  So on a recent trip to the as-is section of IKEA, I stumbled upon said ottoman.


Problem was, this little gem did not look like this…it was missing a cover and was a little beat up, but for $70???  I’ll take it!  I had big plans for this sweet piece.  Here is a peek of the stripped down ottoman.


I immediately removed the metal legs and replaced them with some turned furniture legs that I purchased at Lowes.  Next, I ran over to Joann Fabric and picked up  this darling POPPY POWER fabric in Peacock from HGTV.



Recovering a piece like this is super easy!  Home dec fabric is wider than a quilting fabric so there was nothing to piece together.  I laid the fabric out, flipped the ottoman over, stretched and stapled the fabric to the under side of the ottoman…one side at a time.  Make sure you save the corners for the last step.  The corners can get a little tricky but if you take your time and carefully tuck and wrap the corners, your work with be AWESOME!!!!


See how the corners are neatly pleated and tucked?  I also ended up painting the legs of the ottoman white.


Well, here it is!  A perfectly priced project…total for this DIY?  Under $120.00…what? what?  Yep!  Cocktail ottomans this size typically run well over $400!!!!!




  1. Victoria says

    Love this diy. Could you tell me how much fabric you needed? Wondering if it was more than a yard…

    • Rebecca says

      Hi & thanks! I think I purchased 1.5 yards…it is all going to depend on the size of your ottoman and the fabric you choose. I used a home dec fabric so it is wider than a typical crafting fabric. Hope that helps!

  2. Amy says

    Where are your couches from? I’ve had my eye on a similar set at IKEA but am wondering about how well they hold up!


  1. […] Ottomans make great pieces for your living room, but they can be either plain or in a pattern not to your liking or choosing.  Taking a simple IKEA ottoman and covering it with pretty fabric of your choosing, you can make a great statement piece of furniture for your home. See the hack here. […]

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