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"Designer" Ottoman

Nan Sloan shows how to make a classy, designer-appearance ottoman simply by stapling batting and fabric to a plywood frame.

Host Joan Steffend talks with interior designer Nan Sloan about some great decorating ideas. Sloan shows how to make a classy, designer-appearance ottoman simply by stapling batting and fabric to a plywood frame.

Steps:
1. First, she purchased a plain 24" x 15" pine box, and cut a simple arch along the bottom edge of the front and back with a jigsaw.

2. Next, she found an old Queen Anne chair at a yard sale, removed the feet, and attached them to the bottom of the box.

3. Then, she attached batting to the sides of the box and covered it with the animal print velvet, which she secured with a staple gun.

4. To support the top, Sloan anchored four angle brackets to the inside upper edges of the box (one on each side), so they were level with the top of the box.

5. Finally, she created the top by securing a piece of high-density, three-inch-thick upholstery foam to a square of plywood. To complete the project, she wrapped the top with batting and covered it with the animal print velvet, which she attached with the staple gun. After positioning the top evenly on the base, Sloan secured it in place by inserting screws through the angle brackets into its plywood underside.

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