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How To Make a No-Sew Round Ottoman–Part 1

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that from time to time I take a no sew project from my book, Instant Decorating and update it.   This is one of those projects – a no sew round ottoman that you make using wood and fabric. 


Ottomans are one of my favorite pieces of furniture (I have made another here). I  love them as they are so versatile and can be used for more than resting your feet.  Place a tray on top and it becomes a table. Put wheels on the bottom and it can easily be moved around the room when extra seating is needed as they are low profile and don’t take up much “visual” space  and best of all they just look pretty in any room.


I am currently updating it with new fabric. In this post I will show you how I made the base.   I will post Part 2 in a few days.    I want my new updated ottoman to look like the beige and white one from my inspiration file.

This is not the first makeover of this ottoman –  since it is a no sew project -it’s the third fabric change since it made the cover of my book.    When it is finished, I am going to use it as a seat for my bedroom desk.

How to Make a No Sew Ottoman

supplies needed:

  • One 12-inch x 1-inch x 6-foot pine board – have lumber yard cut the board into two 16 3/4-inch pieces and two 14 3/4-inch pieces.
  • One 24-inch decorator round wood tabletop
  • 24-inch square 3-inch thick piece of high density foam
  • Eight 1-inch wood screws
  • Eight 1/2 to 1-inch wood screws
  • Four 1-inch corner brackets or angle irons
  • Screwdriver
  • 4 wheels


This is what the ottoman I built looks like after the fabric and foam top were removed.  Decorator table top is used as the top of square base.  Wheels attached to bottom of base.

Use 1-inch screws to attach the boards as shown in diagram.  (Figure 1)

DIY base to make a round ottoman


Add metal corner braces/angle irons to each inside corner with 1/2-inch screws. (Figure 2)




Place table round on base and center. using 1-inch screws, attach to top of base. (Figure 3)


Lay the foam on the floor and place the base upside down on it. Trace the outline of the top and then cut out using an electric kitchen knife that you use at Thanksgiving to slice the turkey. *I have a more detailed post about cutting and buying foam here.



Part 2:  How to cover the ottoman base with fabric:

How to Make a No-Sew Round Ottoman, Part 2

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  1. I love your projects, Diane! Your instructions and photos are so clear and easy to follow…makes me think even I could manage them! Thanks!

  2. I hope my husband will build me one! This is so cute! I guess you could probably make it bigger if you use a bigger tabletop? I was thinking of using it as a coffee table.

    1. Hi Vicki-

      It can be made to any size. I think at Bed Bath and Beyond they sell bigger round table tops. Lowe’s has round pine table tops also. They are sold where the molding is -about $24 for the largest size.

  3. To be honest, I don’t think I can pull this off, but I really admire you for being so DIY.

  4. I can’t wait to see your tips. My friend had hers in the garbage and I took it out. Here cat left a little present on it and she said she couldn’t get rid of the smell. I am planning on recovering it and replacing the pad and it will be perfect and oh so cheap!