How to Turn a Pallet Into the Ottoman of Your Dreams

Take your DIY decor to a whole new level with this pallet ottoman. A small list of materials and a few simple steps make this project a weekend win.

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Learn how to upcycle an old shipping pallet into a cute, comfy and budget-friendly ottoman.

Show: HGTV Happy

Nothing says cozy like a plush ottoman. Coffee tables are great and all, but an ottoman can be a footrest, a chair and, with the addition of a tray, it does all the work of a coffee table. But before draining your savings on one, consider making your own for under $100.

Materials Needed

  • heat-treated pallet
  • (4) wooden candlesticks
  • drill + 1/4" bit
  • (4) 1/4" lag bolts
  • wrench
  • 4" foam
  • spray adhesive
  • batting
  • stapler
  • fabric

Attach Legs

To begin, flip the pallet over. Ensure the pallet you are using is marked “HT” for “heat-treated.” This verifies it is safe for indoor use. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in each of the four corners, equidistant from the edges. Run small lag bolts through the holes, and secure the candlestick legs after drilling corresponding holes in them.

Secure the Foam

Once the legs have been tightly fastened, flip the frame upright and place a piece of foam cut to the size of the pallet on top. Coat the surface of the foam and pallet with spray adhesive and set the foam piece on the pallet.

Fasten Batting and Fabric

Once the adhesive has dried, cover the foam with a large piece of batting and flip the ottoman back over. Fold the batting around, and staple it to the bottom of the pallet no more than two inches apart. Repeat this step with the fabric, making sure to fold the corners neatly and tightly while stapling to ensure a beautiful final product.

Style and Enjoy

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Style with a wooden tray, stack of books and a potted succulent and voila! Now it’s time to sit back and admire your handiwork!

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