If you don't have anywhere to rest your weary soles, run out this weekend and build this DIY ottoman. Your feet will thank you. This quick and easy ottoman can be put together in a weekend with a single 2x4, scrap plywood and a cushion. It's easily customizable for color and fabric!

Difficulty moderate


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Square
  • Table Saw
    Table Saw
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Stapler
  • Sander
  • Scissors


Wood Products

  • 1 Board , 2x4 , 96"
  • 1 Plywood , 1/2" Thick , 14x21

Hardware & Supplies

  • 16 2 1/2" Kreg Screws
  • 1 14"x21" piece of 2" thick foam
  • 1 Fabric of your choice to cover foam and plywood board
  • 15 1/2" staples
  • 1 Stain or paint of your choice

Cut List & Parts

  • 4 Vertical Leg Pieces , 1.5"x1.5"x14"
  • 4 Horizontal Leg Pieces , 1.5"x1.5"x11"
  • 1 Floor Beam , 1.5"x1.5"x18"
  • 3 Top Support Beams , 1.5"x1.5"x18"
  • 1 Plywood Seat Base , 1/2"x14"x21"
  • 1 Seat Cushion , 2"x14"x21"
  • 1 Upholstery , 18"x25"


  • Cut down 2x4

    Cut down your 2x4 by setting your table saw to 1.75" and cutting the 2x4 in half. Then reset your saw to 1.5" and cut off the rounded of edges of the two pieces, leaving you with two 1.5"x1.5"x8' boards.

  • Cut Leg Pieces

    Cut all your leg pieces. This will require four 11" horizontal leg pieces and four 14" vertical leg pieces. Drill on pocket hole on either end of each horizontal leg piece and nothing on the vertical pieces.

  • Cut Supports

    Cut four 18" support beams and drill a pocket hole on each end of each.

  • Assemble Legs

    Attach two horizontal leg pieces flush on the inside edges of two vertical leg pieces. Align the pocket holes on the outside or you won't be able to get your drill inside the square! Do this for two legs.

  • Attach Top Supports

    Attach the three top supports to the legs. Align one beam on each side flush with the top of the leg and one beam in the middle.

  • Attach Bottom Support

    Attach the bottom support beam in the center between the two legs along the bottom of the stool.

  • Make Cuts for Padded Top

    Cut out the foam and plywood to 14"x21". Cut a piece of upholstery approximately 18"x25". It should be enough to fold up and over the edges of the foam and plywood.

  • Staple Top

    Place the plywood on top of the foam. Use a staple gun with 1/4" staples to attach the folded up edges of the upholstery onto the plywood top. Trim off any excess.

  • Attach Top

    Using four 1 3/4" screws (not with pocket holes), attach the top to the base by drilling through the top frame and into the plywood of the top.

  • Paint or Stain

    Paint or stain the wooden base of the ottoman to fit your decor style.

  • Put your feet up!

    Enjoy putting your feet up on this super simple quick and easy ottoman!

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