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I am working on building a travel trailer/tiny home, and we wanted some additional seating.  As one needs to make efficient use of space when designing small, the idea of having poufs with storage inside seemed perfect.  They fit under a table for easy storage, and have a decent amount of storage space inside as well.  I'm pretty excited about them!
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Step 1: What You Need

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1/2" plywood: this would all fit in one 4x8 easily.  I used scraps lying around.
25" of 2x4, or 50" of 2x2 for the inside support.
15" x 15" of foam (I had 3" around and used that, if I were buying it I'd probably go thinner).
2 cheap 14" IKEA pillow forms for additional padding on top.
Fabric for cover (I had two pretty pillow cases that I used for the top, and bought 1 yard matching fabric for the rest, fabric not pictured).
hinges/1/2" screws for hinges.
screws for building the frame (2" or 3" works fine).

Table saw/miter saw (or whatever you have to cut wood)
Orbital sander or sandpaper
Sewing machine
Staple gun
Glue gun

Step 2: Sand the Wood

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I didn't intend to line the boxes with fabric on the inside when finished, so I wanted to make sure the surfaces on the inside of the ottoman would be smooth.  I sanded one side of the ply, and did the same for the 2x2 on two sides (as the other two sides would not be exposed), as well as the edge in between.  

Step 3: Cut the Wood

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I used a miter saw and table saw to make the pieces I needed from scrap lying around.

Cut List
(x4) 12" of 2x2
(x2) 12" x 15" of 1/2" ply
(x2) 12" x 14" of 1/2" ply
(x2) 15" x 15" of 1/2" ply

AlpineCowgirl11 months ago
An electric knife makes fast work of cutting through thick foam.
dsantil711 year ago
Those are so pretty!! I would just suggest prewashing & drying the fabric, hemming or using fray check on the edges of the fabric, if it's prone to fraying, I know by experience. I have had fabric fray that I stapled to an ottoman & I learned my lesson, lol. I will definitely be favoriteing ur 'ible, it's wonderful!
Natalina (author)  dsantil711 year ago

Thanks for the tip!

Fantastic job, Natalie! :-)
Natalina (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago