From Ikea Footstool to Custom Made Storage Ottoman!

Welcome to Angela again!  I’m so excited and honored to have her as a contributor!  This post is great because you even get a sneak peek into her amazing home.  (I think she needs to do a home tour at some point, don’t you?)  I can’t wait to see how she turned this Ikea Solsta Pallbo Footsrool into a STORAGE OTTOMAN!  Awesome, right?!  And now I will turn the time over to Angela….


When I originally bought the IKEA Solsta Pallbo footstools I had every intention of keeping them as footstools. As I was assembling them, I soon realized how easy it would to make them storage ottomans. What you don’t see before you purchase these footstools is that there are two pieces that actually make up this footstool, the base and the padded foam top. This $15 footstool comes with almost everything you need to make it into a great little storage space. With the addition of some cute fabric you are on your way to having a cute custom storage ottoman.

What I love about turning this footstool into a storage ottoman is that it comes with the foam pad. I have seen a lot of awesome IKEA Lack tables turned into ottomans, but you still have to go out and buy the foam padding for the top. Foam can get expensive! I love that I only spent $15 on this footstool and it came with almost everything that I needed to turn it into a great storage space.

Are you wondering how to do this? Let’s get started…


  • IKEA Solsta Pallbo Footstool
  • 1 1/2 yards 60 inch wide upholstery fabric (Ideally you can find a 60 inch wide upholstery fabric that you love for this project. If not, you will just need to sew two pieces of fabric together to get 60 inches which may require purchasing more fabric.)
  • 14 inch x 14 inch piece of particle board
  • Hammer/Nails
  • Staple gun/Staples
  • Sewing Machine
First, take your 14 x 14 inch piece of particle board and nail it into the bottom wood legs.
Now, lets go ahead and cut your fabric. I made a few drawings to help explain how to cut this. I promise it is not as confusing as it looks :)
For the base piece, cut your fabric to a 60 inch by 20 inch piece. Next you are going to make some triangle cuts. The triangle cuts on the outside edges should be 1 1/2 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches long. Your three middle triangle cuts should be 3 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches long. There should be 12 inches between each triangle.

For the top, start with a 22 inch by 22 inch cut of fabric. Then cut 7 inch by 7 inch squares from each corner. Then from each corner measure 2 inches down and 2 inches over, and then cut at an angle.

When you are done cutting the top piece of fabric, it should look like the following. There should be 5 inch by 5 inch corner pieces, 2 inch tall angle cuts, and there should be 11-12 inches between each angle cut.

Next, you need to head to your sewing machine. Starting with the base piece…

1. Hem the bottom of your fabric.

2. With right sides facing, sew up the side seam.

3. Sew together all four of your triangle cuts together.

*Tip! It is going to be a tight fit to get the fabric over your base. Just start by putting a little bit of fabric over each corner before you start pulling it down.
Now sew up the top.
1. With right sides facing, sew the corners together.
2. Sew all four of your angle cuts together.
Now, wrap your fabric around the foam and board on the top. Then staple it down to the board.
And now you are done!!!  You have a beautiful, custom made storage ottoman!
I actually made myself two of these storage ottomans. I love them!
Hope you are having a fabulous Friday!
Sarah Westover McKenna
Sarah is the scattered creative mind behind Bombshell Bling. A former elementary school teacher and a current stay-at-home mom, she loves developing her creativity through her blog and her jewelry design business, Bombshell Bling Jewelry. Sarah is a lover of all things vintage, colorful, and BLING. She is also a sweets addict with a major obsession with s'mores.
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