DIY: Pallet Ottoman

March 25, 2013

You've seen Casa Kinch here and you may notice the coffee table we had there matches our end tables as it was full set along with the couches and area rug we got for our wedding. Well, Drake has made it a thing of the norm to sit on the coffee table while watching TV after millions of times Andrew and I saying no. The table has been on it's last leg lately, literally, wobbling like crazy and cracking if you even put a cup on it, so it was time to upcycle an old pallet I had lying around and make something that's a little more cushy and more child proof.

I figured getting something that's more of an ottoman feel, it would be child proof for later years when we expand out family and it would let us bring in another pop of the green we have throughout our main living space. I chose to paint the legs of the ottoman white because I've been bringing in small touches to lighten up the space so all in all, I'm loving the new statement piece taking over our living room.

T H I S   I S   W H A T   Y O U ' L L   N E E D :

+ mine measured 40" x 48" and we had this from buying our laminate flooring so it was free

poly foam
hobby lobby $34.99 with 40% off coupon at $22.90
michael's $19.99 with 40% off coupon at $13.13
+ i used two inch poly foam making sure it measured an additional 4 inches on each side so when it's wrapped, there's a padding there as well. i didn't have enough from the pack i got at hobby lobby so i purchased a second 1" pack from michael's i doubled to match the height of the 2" foam

joann's $5.99/yd at $13.07
+ i purchased 2 yards of fabric measuring 45" in width; i recommend having at least 50" in width unless you want a battle with the padding

wooden legs
home depot $3.78 at $16.56 for four
+ make sure to purchase the 9" size | see frustrations below with other sizing

staple gun
+ i don't have a staple gun so i used nails but it would be much easier doing a staple gun!

home depot $2.48 at $9.92 for four
+ these are a must to screw the wooden legs into for stability

Simple as that! Okay, not really. Full disclosure, this project turned into a nightmare mainly because I had in my mind, everything would go smoothly and perfect and then I didn't measure and ended up going to Home Depot 6 times in two hours. SIX TIMES. Good, grief. You think a girl would learn after the second trip to measure but nope, I was all about wasting time on my Saturday. 

The first set of legs I purchased were 14" legs thinking it would be a good height for a foot rest but lawwwwd, it was taller than the previous coffee table. I then went back and got a set of 3" ones and those were too short. Then 4" and again, too short. And 6", but nope. See my dilemma? Finally on trip number 6, we ended with 9" legs that were perfection. Take it from me, get the 9" ones right off the bat or you'll be a frustrated little lady wandering through Home Depot over and over.

Also, the fabric I chose was one that only measured 45" across but it was a steal at $5.99/yd so I was convinced I could make it work. Well, it proved to be a pain in my toosh. I ended up standing on the inside of the pallet to push to padding down enough to build a small lip of fabric to secure. So again, take it from me and make sure you have at least 50" in width to play with.

Otherwise, this is a simple tutorial and you've now been able to learn from my mistakes!
Enjoy your new addition to your living space!


  1. LOVE.
    i actually even like the back of the fabric too. kinda grey-ish. when i get a house of my own, my goal is to be like you and be awesome at decorating :)

    The DayLee Journal

  2. This is AWESOME! Glad we can learn from your experience! :-)


  3. Gorrrrrgeous!! Looks great! Love the picture of him & the pup looking at it/the camera! Too cute!

  4. Hey Aubrey.... Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial... Perfect timing.... I def want to do this.... This will def happen at our casa... Luv the material you chose... I too have be trying to lighten things up a bit in our living room as we have stained concrete floors and then our couch is chocolate.. something I kinda regret... but have to live with....

  5. SERIOUSLY!!! This is amazing... Why didn't I see this before I bought my overly priced ottoman from pier 1 that will probably only last a year!?!?!?! I'm pinning this future reference. Great job!

  6. I AM IN LOVE! You are just talented beyond measure, woman! I may have to convince the boyfriend to help me work on this....:)

  7. pinning this!! I want to do it sometime!

  8. This is awesome! Love your fabric choice!!! I can totally identify with the going to Home Depot a million times!!!

  9. Love this ottoman, I been looking forward to your post since your IG picture yesterday! :)

  10. It turned out great!!! Love the fabric you used! :)

  11. That is so cute! Sounds like a major process though!

  12. This turned out great!! Great job!!

  13. Love!!! I so wanna make one of these :)

  14. Gorgeous..... Wow looks GREAT!!!!!!

  15. For real?! Totally doing this. Wow!!!

    Gayle | Grace for Gayle

  16. This is such an amazing DIY project.

    xo Meg<3

  17. Great job! This is Junk Gypsy creativity straight up. I am a fan of the fabric pattern too. Well done.

  18. This is so cool! You are so creative! Did you think of this idea your self or did you learn about it on Pinterest or something? I would never think to go to Home Depot for the legs of the ottoman that was so smart. When I find some time in my crazy schedule I need to make one of these. Great job!

  19. I have a stupid question! Did the legs come with the screws in the top already? Or is that an added step? I saw Sarah from Limited Space do something similar following your tutorial so I am over here stealing tips!

  20. I also made a pallet ottoman but I added wheels to the bottom and used 2 full size pallets for mine! :) I LOVE your fabric. I just started blogging this week, I am now following your blog! :)

  21. This is such an awesome idea! Love the fabric choice!