West Elm Shag Ottoman Knockoff

10 Materials
2 Hours

Ever see something super great at the store and just wish it wasn't crazy expensive? I caught a glimpse of this great shag ottoman at West Elm and quickly realized I could recreate a version of the same thing for a serious fraction of the cost! This Mongolian Shag Ottoman is not only far cheaper than the piece that inspired it, but super quick and easy. With some legs, fur, a staple gun and some cushion, this piece is sure to dress up any room.

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STEP 1: Spray paint the legs
Spray paint your legs (if you wish) in the color of your desire. I went with a nice metallic gold. Set them aside and allow to dry.

STEP 2: Trace the seat on the foam cushion
While your legs are drying you might as well start working on the ottoman / stool. To begin, set the wood round on top of the foam cushion and draw a circle around the wood round with a marker.

STEP 3: Cut out the foam
Cut out the circle you just drew on the foam. You can use a serrated knife for this or a saw if you wish.

STEP 4: Attach the foam
Glue the foam cushion to the top of the wood round.

STEP 5: Cover the cushion
Cover the cushion with cotton batting, and wrap it around so that there is a good 1/2 or so that tucks under the wood round. (You will staple it to the wood along with the fabric in a later step)

STEP 6: Add the fur
Place your wood round and cushion down on the Mongolian fur and pull the fabric around both of them so that there is enough wrapped around that you can staple it to the bottom of the wood round. (A good 1/2"-1")

STEP 7: Staple it all together
Staple the fur and the batting to the wood round the entire way around.

STEP 8: Cut away any excess fabric
Cut away the excess that isn't stapled.

STEP 9: Drill holes for the legs
Drill 4 pilot holes into the wood round for the legs to go in. Make sure they are spaced evenly.

STEP 10: Screw in the legs
Screw the legs into the holes you drilled making sure they are nice and sturdy.

And there you go! Trust me, I tested it and this thing is sturdy enough to sit on too! What?!? Multifunction!

I want to make everyone one of these cute little beans for Christmas! Seriously I just love this little fuzzy guy!

These furs come in so many colors, you could make it match any room! And if gold isn't your thing, go for another color for the legs or leave the raw wood as is! Not to mention I spent 1/10 as much on this than on what the one I spotted would have cost me! I am going to keep an eye open for a deal on some real Mongolian fur and make another one of these guys with some of that goodness as well!

Suggested materials:

  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Waddell-2506-Taper-Round-6-Inch/dp/B000BQU3Z0/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1503229357&sr=1-1&keywords=Tapered+Table+Legs&_encoding=UTF8&tag=amandaccreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=f2b2818860c8049dde3e3648873ed54b&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-4 Tapered Table Legs</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Marking-Paint-Fl-Purple-oz/dp/B0086GRR7O/ref=sr_1_15?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1503229720&sr=1-15&keywords=rust-oleum&_encoding=UTF8&tag=amandaccreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=a96d101b08196e3e214fcc35b378ed85&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metallic Gold Spray Paint (optional)</a>  (Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Darts-crafts&field-keywords=Faux+Fur&_encoding=UTF8&tag=amandaccreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=ac9f947438ca2f8b17a5de2283ba7e4b&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faux Mongolian Fur (or real)</a>  (Amazon)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • AndraSims
    on Nov 15, 2016

    Can you purchase the Mongolian fur at Joann Fabrics

    • Faith
      on Apr 25, 2018

      loved it looking to make one for my beanbag chair

  • Kirsten Power
    on Dec 29, 2016

    question am having trouble finding the wooden round - Michaels Crafts? Please let me know thanks!

    • Lil Jon
      on Dec 28, 2018

      Call local audio installation store. Ask them to save you some cut outs from the speaker boxes they build.

  • Car14549611
    on Jan 31, 2017

    Where do the screws go, in the round and if so, when?

    • Sandra Salisbury
      on Aug 29, 2018

      My understanding is that the screws are in the ends of the legs, hmmm? I might either paint or cover the under side of the seat. I have heard it said on a DIY show that an electric knife works super for cutting foam. About 20 years ago I made a long padded bench using the under-bed drawers from my flotation mattress. Floatation mattress you say? Yes, and that’s why the project is 20 years old!😉I stacked the two sets of 3 drawers placing metal brackets inside the framework to keep them from sliding apart. I used 1” strips of flat moulding to cover the “seams”. After painting the whole structure and adding drawer handles, it was time to make the cover. I made the seat out of a plywood board that I padded just like this adorable stool was done! The knife I used was way too dull because cutting the foam was not nearly as easy to cut with as Amanda’s was!! Anyway, the drawers were then used to hold some of my sewing fabric and trims. I’m just itching to make a stool like this one!!!!

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