Pallet ottoman – How To DIY

One of the great pieces that I saw on Pinterest was the pallet based ottoman.  It’s AWESOME!  And I had just happened to have two pallets sitting on my back porch headed for the firewood pile, but never made it.  So Ta-Da!  Time to get creative!   Here’s a step by step guide on the how to.

  • 2 wooden pallets
  • 1 full sized foam mattress topper
  • 1 large, heavy weave tablecloth (something durable)
  • staple gun and staples
  • 4 wooden leg posts and brackets (available at Lowes)
  • 1 old bed comforter with polyester stuffing
  • finishing nails if desired

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Step 1:  Combine the two pallets into 1.  (Fill in the blank spaces) if it’s not already done.

 

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Step 2:  Take the mattress pad and unroll it. cutting it into quarters.

 

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Step 3:  Staple the foam strips around the edges of the pallet, stapling top and bottom of each side.  Place the foam edged pallet centered onto the tablecloth.  Pull the edges tight around the pallet and staple.

 

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Step 4:  Staple two rows for reinforcement around the pallet. Flip the pallet over, and stuff with the filling of the comforter.  If you don’t want to destroy the comforter you can purchase poly-fill stuffing, but this is a great way to upcycle a comforter that may have lost it’s comfort and gotten a bit lumpy over time.

 

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Step 5:  Anchor the metal bracket in each corner of the bottom of the pallet, and secure the legs to the bracket.  Lowes has a number of styles and price ranges on their legs, as well as different heights, so it’s whatever suits your style.  The leg will simply screw into the bracket.

 

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Step 6:  Flip over and place a finishing nail into the center of the cushion.

 

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Step 7:  Finish off by quartering the cushion with finishing nails.  If you want to get fancy you can add a few large buttons, and paint or stain the legs, however with this one I kept it simple.

September 10, 2012. DIY.

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