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!
UPDATE 8/15/2014
After living with these ottomans for a little while I became really frustrated with them. The top was loose and it kept sliding off every time you would put your feet up on it, or anytime my kids went to sit on it they would fall inside because the top easily slips off. I decided that these ottomans needed hinges to keep the tops from always sliding off.
First thing you need to do is add a 15 inch 1×2 board across the top of the base of the ottoman. You need this so that you have a place to screw in the hinges. I just used wood glue to secure my wood in place. It has worked great!
You will need to add one on each side to keep the ottoman lid level.
Next, put the fabric on the ottoman and using an X-acto knife, you will need to cut two small rectangles the size of your hinges so that the hinges can be screwed in to the wood.
You will also need to cut two small holes from the fabric that will go on the lid. Make sure that it is lined up exactly with the holes on the base of your ottoman. This is where you will be screwing in your hinges.
Next screw on your hinges. First screw on to the base of the ottoman. Then screw on to the top lid of the ottoman.
Here it is with the hinges. One other thing you may have noticed is that I added Velcro. I stapled Velcro to the top of the ottoman. I also sewed Velcro into the fabric of the lid. This way I can remove the fabric from the top and wash it when it gets dirty, because my kids are great at getting things dirty :)
Just put the fabric back on the top of your ottoman and you are done. Here is what the inside of your newly hinged ottoman should look like. Now you still have a storage ottoman without the top constantly sliding off.
If you have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to ask!
Angela Hunt

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