DIY Ottoman Made From an Old Tire

5 Materials
3 Hours

This is my favorite kind of DIY project, cheap, easy and environmentally friendly! After updating my bathroom and closet, I needed to spruce up the bedroom. I’m loving the bohemian look these days, so what better than a ottoman made from a repurposed material like an old tire? A not so fun fact about tire disposal is that tires are one of the most problematic sources of waste we face today. 44 States have banned them from landfills, but the recycling process is expensive and almost always passed on to the consumer. Tire DIY /repurposing projects could help, even if just a little….

What you will need:

Old Tire

Rug – new or old, just thick enough to with stand the screws and washers

Two square pieces of particle board that cover most of your tire

Screws and large washers

Wooden legs with brackets for installation

Step 1

Clean off tire and measure/cut and attach particle boards to top and bottom of tire.

Step 2

Attach the legs to the bottom.

Step 3

Attach the rug using large washers(so the rug doesn’t tear) and screws. This step is definetly easier with a friend to keep the sides evenly smooth.

Step 4

Paint or Stain the legs – I went with a midnight blue to match my bedroom/bathroom accent color.

Finished Look

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  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Apr 13, 2022

    I always wondered about the upcycled tire, if not on wheels aren't they heavy and hard to move ?

  • Patty Patty on Aug 31, 2022

    Don't the tires smell like rubber? How do you get rid of the smell?

  • Andrea Daughdrill Andrea Daughdrill on Apr 13, 2023

    Can you paint/ stain the legs before you install them?

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  • S S on Apr 13, 2023

    Oh…where I live bedrooms are kept warm in the winter months. Tires are meant for use outdoors and for better or worse, they do harm the environment but where I live we do not have public transportation nor a walkable community so I’m forced to their use. That said they are not meant to sleep near. Yes, folks must decide for themselves but some folks might not know the dangers of using tires and their components indoors for furniture or for gardening. I suffer from idiopathic neuropathy that can be caused by heavy metals. So they’re are true health concerns involved.

  • S S on Apr 13, 2023

    There are …auto correct monkeys at work again…