Ever Wanted to Make One of Those Dresser Drawer Ottomans?

I've been dying to make a dresser drawer ottoman, but when it came down to it I couldn't find a drawer the size I needed nor the price I wanted to pay. So, I made my own "drawer" and having ottomans for the master bedroom.
Here's one of them completed. Took about four days and I love the look. Cost was approximately $30 for the two.
Cannot find my "start" photos, but, basically, I nailed four pieces of pine plank together to form the box. I then added trim to the "front", to give the appearance of the drawer, added the drawer pull, etc. Inside, I added a small trim ledge to hold the cushion bottom, which is simply a piece of plywood measure to fit inside the "drawer". I decided to leave most of the bottom open, because these babies are quite heavy!
I found fabric I loved at Wal-Mart (I know, I know...I couldn't believe it either), so bought two yards. I cut a thick piece of foam the size of my piece of plywood, then covered that with quilt batting. I laid the cushion upside down, after first laying the fabric on my work table. I stapled fabric to the plywood, saving the corners for last. I'm not the best corner maker by any means, but was happy with the result. You simply place the cushion on the trim inside the ottoman and sit! It was tight, but I had just enough room.
One down, one to go! I chose really chunky feet (found on Etsy for a great price) and painted, sanded (to distress) and stained to match the "drawer". Feet were attached to the ottoman using screws on the bottom boards. Easy peasy.
Finished and headed home! Our Jack Russell, Kenai, is already eyeing them. LOL
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3 questions
  • Sally holway
    Sally holway
    on Nov 11, 2015

    Tried to find "chunky feet" like these for months! Can you remember which Etsy shop carries them? LOVE your ottomans!!!

  • D'Vay Davis
    D'Vay Davis
    on Nov 11, 2015

    Those are beautiful..Can you please tell me where you found the thick foam? I need that thickness for a old day bed. thank you.

    • Lori Johansen
      Lori Johansen
      on Nov 11, 2015

      @D'Vay Davis I actually bought (Wal-Mart) 3" foam and doubled it. It will stay in place provided you wrap in the batting and pull the fabric tightly when you staple it.

    • D'Vay Davis
      D'Vay Davis
      on Nov 13, 2015

      @Lori Johansen Thank you for the information. I will check it out.

    • Lori Johansen
      Lori Johansen
      on Nov 13, 2015

      @D'Vay Davis You're welcome! I think Lowe's MAY have thicker foam, but not sure.

    • Denahensley
      on Feb 21, 2017

      Cute and spring project for living room

    • Kat5821506
      on Feb 26, 2017

      You can use spay glue to glue the foam pieces together

    • Tampagirl
      on Nov 12, 2018

      I saved mine from an old couch I had. Also used some of the foam to upgrade my dogs beds

    • Lilpixiestixxx
      on Nov 12, 2018

      LOL {I sound like I work for them but I don't }I found wonderful thick foam on amazon they had from 1 to 6 inch thick and as big as most sofas I think.

    • Patricia Downs
      Patricia Downs
      on Nov 12, 2018

      You can also go to an upholstery place for foam as well.

    • Melody
      on Nov 12, 2018

      The actual cost is much more than 30....did you have most of the supplies on hand?

    • Carol Harris
      Carol Harris
      on Nov 20, 2018

      at vay-davis, you can get the foam at most any fabric shop, Joann's have it and I believe Hobby Lobby.

    • Toni Smith
      Toni Smith
      on Nov 20, 2018


  • Sally Tommas
    Sally Tommas
    on Nov 19, 2018

    Could this become end tables wither taller legs? Cover the inside with decoupage and or memontomes or coastal shells. Top with thick glass?

    • Lori Johansen
      Lori Johansen
      on Nov 20, 2018

      You're only limited by your imagination. :)

    • Kathleen Dowling
      Kathleen Dowling
      on Nov 21, 2018

      If the cushion wasn't so tight you could have used the bottom as storage...beautiful ottomans but wasted space in the bottom.

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  • Susan Johnson
    Susan Johnson
    on Nov 20, 2018

    Use the feet from the original dresser

  • Lori Johansen
    Lori Johansen
    on Nov 20, 2018

    Yes, that'd be the first option, however, I didn't have a dresser. I made the drawers to look like dresser drawers. :)

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