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This is one of my favorite projects that I’ve done so far. Not only did I make it for less than $40 but it’s also so comfy and a great addition to our living room. Plus, I really love this fabric (I might have mentioned this before, a few times, here and here).
Isn’t it pretty? I love how this turned out and it wasn’t too hard to make either.
First, when your looking for a pallet, you want to make sure you find one that isn’t treated with chemicals. This article explains what you should look for. Since pallets come in all different sizes, find one that will work for your space. That took me a while cause I didn’t want to use a regular sized pallet. I wanted one that was narrower and more of a rectangle. I was super excited when I finally found the right one, and it was free too! Check your local craigslist, that’s where I found mine.
I know foam can be expensive too but I got lucky on this part. A friend of ours had this foam stuff from his work (I think it was used to pack something in for shipping purposes) so we got a bunch of this stuff free too. When you go to purchase yours, don't forget to take a coupon!
They came like this so I just used a serrated knife to cut the top off, the flat square part, and used those squares for my foam.
One square wasn't big enough of course but a few put together worked great. Besides, once it’s covered in fabric, you can’t even tell.
Here’s what you need to make your own.
1. Pallet (don’t forget to check out this article to make sure yours is safe to use)
2. Fabric, my pallet is 28.5” X 41” and I used 2 yards of upholstery fabric that was 54” wide
3. Foam, I used 2” thick foam, enough to cover the top of your pallet
4. Batting, I purchased some at Wal-Mart meant for a king size blanket and it was $9.99 for the bag
5. 6 - 1 1/8” half ball cover buttons (you know the buttons you can cover in fabric yourself, that’s what the
package says their called) I bought 2 packs of 3
6. 1 1/4” wood screws, one for each tuft you plan on making
7. 3/4” washers that fit your screws, enough for each tuft to have one
8. 2 1/2” wood screws
9. 1 - 2” x 2” x 8’ to beef up the pallet and give you something to staple your fabric and batting to.
10. Hot glue gun
11. Staple gun and staples
12. Spray adhesive
13. Saw or something to cut your 2” x 2” x 8’ with or you can take your measurements to the hardware
store and have them do it for you.
Let’s get started!
1. Beef up the sides of the pallet.First things first, pallets aren’t very thick and I wanted the sides of my ottoman to be a little beefier so I used some 2x2’s (cut to the same length and width as my pallet) and attached them to the bottom of pallet like so.
Use the 2 1/2” wood screws and screw those suckers into the pallet where ever you can. All pallets are different so just make sure you attach them where you can. I used 3 screws on the short sides and 4 on the long sides, one on each end and two in the middle.
Plus, this gives you a nice edge to staple your batting and fabric on to.
2. Attach the foam to the top of the pallet with the spray adhesive.This is pretty simple, just spray the foam with the spray adhesive, wait a minute then line your foam up with the edges and stick it on. If your foam ends up hanging over the edge of your pallet, you can use a serrated knife to trim it to size.
3. Cover the pallet in batting.Lay your batting on the ground then lay your pallet on top of it. Trim your batting so it fits over the sides of your pallet and wraps around the 2x2 a little. Then, just start stapling. It’s easiest to start with a staple in the middle of each side like this.
Then, work your way out from the center of each side pulling the batting tight as you go. When you get to the corners, here’s how I made them sort of nice and neat.
1. Start by stapling each side as far into the corner as you can so it looks like this.
2. Cut off the excess leaving about an inch of batting sticking out from the corner of the pallet.
3. Then fold one side around and staple it in place.
4. Finally, fold the end of this piece under and staple it in place.
4. Put your screws and washers in for the tuftingSay what? It sounds weird but this was so easy, way easier than drilling holes, threading needles and all that stuff. I found THIS TUTORIAL at Pneumatic Addict that is way freaking cool! You just lay your pallet on the ground with the fabric on top then decide where you want your tufts to be.
I set my washers where I wanted each tuft to be. Then, place your 1 1/4” screw through the washer and screw it into place. Make sure to screw it in slowly so you don’t snag your fabric, batting or foam. This is the hardest part, going SLOW and not snagging anything.
5. Staple the fabric over the batting.Now flip the pallet upside down and staple your fabric on. Start just like you did for the batting, by placing a staple in the center of each side, making sure to pull the fabric tight, then work your way out from the center on each side.
When you get to the corners, staple each side as far as you can so you end up with a triangle sticking out (just like the batting) but instead of cutting it off, fold it over the short side of the pallet and staple it in place. Kind of like wrapping a present, and we've all had lots of practice doing this lately.
I totally spaced it and didn't take a picture of this part so I’m using the picture of the batting but just pretend that’s fabric. Fold it in and staple it under the 2x2 and it should look something like this when it’s done and flipped right side up.
6. Cover your buttons and hot glue them on.Pneumatic Addict recommends using shankless buttons in her tutorial but I found that the shank on my button fit nicely into the head of the screw. If the buttons were bigger it might not have worked out so well though.
Follow the directions that came with your buttons to cover them. Remember, try and line up the fabric so the design on your button matches what’s on the pallet. It doesn’t have to be perfect, mine certainly aren’t, but try to at least use the same part of the design on the button that’s on the fabric.
If you do have shanks on your buttons and they don’t fit into your screw, you could always try cutting them off with wire cutters. Had mine not fit that was what I had planned on doing.
7. Attach legs or make your own base for your ottoman.
You can buy legs at the hardware store or come back next week to see how I made the base to mine. This post is long enough so I’ll share that how to next. Either way, attach your base or legs and your done.
Not to bad for $40, huh? Eventually, I’ll build a tray to sit on top so we can still use it to set drinks on. I mean, we can now but with 2 little tornadoes running around the house, drinks tend to spill, a lot. Just another project to add to the list. What do you think? Don’t you want to make one too?
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