Introduction: Tire to Ottoman and Table.

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My husbands car tire needed changing a couple of years back and the tires were still lying around...I saw  this on Instructables :-D and thought hmmm...there are possibilities :-) ...but i wanted it much simpler .. and I didn't want it to be obvious that it's a  tire. I wanted it to look sooooo good that people would think I bought it from a store :-)...and perhaps ask me where I bought it from...else how can I  show off my transformation! :-D

But if you want Redneck....
According to the DIY Redneck Guide It needs to look and have  "The glorious absence of sophistication"
So I'll show you how :-)

I have put up plenty of pictures with instructions on if you like a quick look without reading the whole can follow the steps in the pictures. If you like it...and want to try can read it at your leisure :-) .

Step 1: Things You Would Need!

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Tires! yes... we are going to give them a new life
nuts and bolt
1/2" thick ply wood.
sponge for cusioning
wheels - 4 per ottoman/ table
and a willingness to work hard :-)

Step 2: Getting Started

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Wash your tires well...
I got 6 tires...So I'm making  2 ottomans and a table for me and 2 ottomans for my mom in law as a gift :-)  I hope she likes them!
You would need 2 wooden circles per ottoman or table.
Measure the diameter of the  rim from where the bevel of the tire starts...minus 1/4"  from AB length for the table lid and for the bottom of the table and ottomans. 
I wanted to make removable covers so that I may wash them when they get you don't want removable covers Minus 1/8" from AB length.
Cut the circles with a bevel cut so it would sit in the rim firmly.

Step 3: Tire to Table!

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To make the table I stacked two tires.....I drilled 4 holes on each tire and attached it with a nut and bolt...I also epoxied both tires together....I'm not sure if it was an over kill or what...but i wanted it may of course use only epoxy if you like.
To do it my way ( the over kill way :-)) drill 4 holes in one tire...then stack it with the holes at the bottom on the other tire...push a nail through the hole and puncher the other tire...leave nail through  (mark the corresponding holes on both tires) and pull the tire off...drill the second tire too...then epoxy and attach both tires with nuts and align tires properly I pushed both tires to a corner much easier.

Once you have cut all your's time to drill and screw.
For the bottom of the table and ottomans...use the appropriate drill bit for the screws and not bigger and drill and screw in the bottom...mark on the circles and tire where each screw goes ( one is enough)...that way you don't have to drill each and every hole equally in distance and you won't mix up the circles...saves a lot of time :-).
I used bolts for the top fist drill with the appropriate drill bit and then only on the tire drill the same holes with a bigger drill bit... that way it would be easier to push the bolt through... counter sink the bolt for the table top as you would want a flat's optional for the ottomans as it would be covered with sponge.
Epoxy the bolt to the table top and ottoman tops.

Now to cover the Table top , table bottom and ottoman bottom.
I chose burlap / jute fabric as I was looking for the slightly rustic can choose any fabric you like.
Cut the fabric slightly larger than the circles...glue it to the table top and the bottoms...pull the fabric to the side and stapler it. Cut the excess off. Hold the bottoms to the light and you would see the previously drilled holes...screw your screws ( :-0 that sounds funny!)

Attach the wheels to the bottom circles of all ...that is the table and ottomans.... check picture to see how I have attached... :-)

Now if you notice...the table will have a curve in the center because of the tires...if you don't mind this...skip this step.
I did mind this...I didn't want it to be obvious that it was I marked with rope from where the curve begins and and filled up the gap with burlap , rope which I didn't use because it was colored. Then I used whatever cement, grout, compound filling and plaster of paris I had and filled up the gap. The reason I didn't use cement directly was cause it wouldn't stick to rubber.

Once this is done you can start to wrap up your table with rope. Use hot glue and start from from the top edge and then continue...apply glue and twist and connect when rope finishes. Once you have finished the table circumference, go to the table top and hot glue the rope from the inner circle and continue till the edge. Do the same (or it won't be seen) for the bottom.

It took me about 2 days to wrap the rope...if you want it could simply glue and wrap fabric or stapler the fabric and cover the stapler with a cord or rope. 

Step 4: Tire to Ottoman!

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I've covered most of the steps for the ottoman while doing the table...such as epoxying the bolt to the lids and covering the bottom planks and fixing the wheels....So i would not bore you to tears repeating the same instructions :-).
Take the lid of the ottoman with the epoxied bolt and place on sponge. 2" thickness for the sponge would be ideal...if you don't have that...double 1" sponge like I did and glue to the lid.
Next is covering the lid...If you don't want a removable cover...Use your chosen fabric instead  of the white fabric I have used. and follow the steps :-)
Place your fabric down with the wrong side facing the lid with the sponge side down on the fabric. Cut fabric around the lid leaving allowance for the sponge. Pull equally on sides 'A' and stapler..then 'B' and  stapler  and go on like that till you have secured all around. Ah...isn't it perfect??
Now for the covering...
Place your chosen covering wrong side facing up and place your cushioned lid on top...cut leaving an allowance a bit more than what you did earlier for the white as you would be sewing a hem. Now sew a hem around the circle.
Now place the sewn circle with hem facing up down and place the ottoman lid on top. Cut small slits where the bolts are...whip stitch the cut so the thread would not fray and pass a cord/ elastic through the hem. Tighten the cord and secure the cover.
Almost done!

Measure around the tire and the width...cut fabric a bit larger than the circumference/round length and  a lot more than the width ...check picture.
Sew a hem on both the long  sides of the fabric.....drape around the tire and secure with sew it close except near the hem. Put it on the tire...check if nice and tight....pass a cord through the hem and secure tight.

Remember the holes we drilled on the tires for the bolts?? well...we need to expose them through the fabric. So cut a cross cut where the holes would be...whip stitch around the hole. check to see if the holes are exposed well...
Ah...what a lot of storage space! you are done!
place your lids with the bolts going through the holes and you are done!

okay...I've been asked this question by my I thought to write it up...
Why did I use bolts ? why not just close with the lids? well... the bolts secure it when it's rolled around...and sideways it wouldn't just pop open...same with the table. Also...any day I don't want to open it up...I can lock it in place with nuts under and then close the bottom plank.

You ask me who would roll around the ottomans??? My kids do! these ottomans are pretty hardy! it's withstood a lot of jumps and rolls!

Step 5: Tire to Redneck Ottoman

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You want a 'Redneck' Ottoman? well that is sooo easy! just omit the side covering ...thereby exposing the tire and cover the cushion with burlap! Now isn't that easy??

Step 6: A Matter of Choice??

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Please let me know what version you like and also if you make some...please post pictures! :-)


ashishm85 (author)2016-12-16

i want to make it but i am confused how to stick rope and tyre together.. can u suggest some glue which will work on this..

vaibhavyagnik made it! (author)2016-09-22

I made it!

shazni (author)vaibhavyagnik2016-10-28

This looks awesome!

Shanyonnia (author)shazni2016-11-17


Shanyonnia (author)2016-11-17

you know i would mind having this in my house when i GET ONE GOTTI

JanB161 (author)2016-11-09

I love what you do with the old tyres, am going to try it myself. By the way tyres only smell if they are new, on a car or are being burned. The biggest problem is the dust from brakes that tend to stick on the tyre and can easily be removed with soap and burning rubber causes toxic fumes.

driven1 (author)2016-10-04

Any tire gives off dangerous fumes.

That is why cars are kept outside or in a garage.

Especially harmful to young children

shazni (author)driven12016-10-28

Sorry....but if i can bottle up the smell...which is not there..I would....and send it to you :-) cause there is zero smell. If it was so dangerous there would not be so much tire furniture online :-) .

Have a nice day!

mimsathome (author)2013-04-26

This is terrific. My only question is this: what about that rubber smell that comes with tires? Were you able to get rid of it? If so how? Or is it not an issue?

shazni (author)mimsathome2013-04-27

These are very old they don't have the rubber smell...however...if you wash well ...I used dishwasher liquid...and remove grease...there would be no smell...
if there husband would have surely mentioned it! haha

driven1 (author)shazni2016-10-04

The smell is poisonous

deepta (author)2015-09-06

Hi, would like to know if they smell over time or no problem like that after a good washing? love your tutorial.

driven1 (author)deepta2016-10-04

Tires give off harmful fumes forever. Keep them outside

shazni (author)deepta2015-11-22

Thanks! No they never smell after washing. I have plenty of tire furniture in my house and no one has said anything about a smell :-)

HamidM21 (author)2016-08-25


Yonatan24 (author)2016-03-05

Awesome! I need one of those ;)

shazni (author)Yonatan242016-05-02


Sorry for the late reply, I have been busy with my newborn baby these
last four months and only now I'm slowly picking up my rhythm :-)

Yonatan24 (author)shazni2016-05-03

Congrats! No need to apologize... :)

טעטייה (author)2016-02-13

I wondering if it's better to use a plexiglas instead the wood, if I gonna put it in my balcony?!

shazni (author)טעטייה2016-05-02

Yes That would be a good idea :-)

Sorry for the late reply, I have been busy with my newborn baby these
last four months and only now I'm slowly picking up my rhythm ;-)

croadmap (author)2015-11-18

Any idea how much rope it took to wrap the tires?

shazni (author)croadmap2015-11-22

Actually they sell in roll bunches here and I bought 3 bunches. Each bunch is about 8ft long. I forgot to count how many in a bunch...sorry!

lisa.khalisah.50 (author)2015-03-01

deadsystem (author)2014-05-27

when the kids are playing on these do you have a problem with them trying to collapse, or did i miss the inside support?

shazni (author)deadsystem2014-07-02

Below is the link for the type of tires you have. Hope it helps.

Sorry I didn't have time to upload it ear

shazni (author)deadsystem2014-05-29

I guess you have got a tire that is not so hard. My tires were very hard. I think they call it low profile tires. I got a couple of tires like the one you mentioned.

You have 2 options.

1. Make the seat circle larger so that its about 1" less than the outer circumference of the tire. There by giving the seat more support. In such tires having the seat about the size of the rim is not a good idea. I know as I'm working on such tires now for a project.

2. Glue 4 dowels between the 2 rims of the tires. You could also nail the supports.

Let me know how it goes. :-) I really want to know :-)

Faroukchoudary (author)2013-12-18

this is awesome very beautiful idea

shazni (author)Faroukchoudary2014-05-29

Thank you :-)

polocub1 (author)2014-05-25

Super duper awesome idea!!

shazni (author)polocub12014-05-25

Thank you so much :-)

L7 (author)2013-08-02

Must make this

shazni (author)L72013-08-03

please do :-)..when you do...I would love to see pictures of it too!

vaycon (author)2013-04-30

good job :)

shazni (author)vaycon2013-04-30

Thank you very much :-)

dbooker3 (author)2013-04-19

Love your version better!
You did an awesome job!

shazni (author)dbooker32013-04-22

Thanks loads! ;-)

kaaaazmi (author)2013-02-02

Great, you are in the finals again...Wish you all the best . Hope you Win the Grand Price Here too.

shazni (author)kaaaazmi2013-02-02

hmm..I'm not sure about that :-) I thought you can only win 1 Grand Prize... Thanks anyway

dozer789 (author)2013-02-02

Congratulations on winning 1st place in the Redneck Contest!! Nice instructable too!!

shazni (author)dozer7892013-02-02

Thanks a lot!

HollyMann (author)2013-01-26

Wow I didn't realize this was a grand prize winner - you totally deserve it!!!

shazni (author)HollyMann2013-01-27

Thanks! Now I have to hope we win the ipad in the holiday contest! :-D

HollyMann (author)shazni2013-02-01

looks like we're both finalists! I hope you win again! It would be fun to have an ipad or win anything for that matter! :) So you can win multiple times with one instructable? Just confused about that...:)

Keithr606 (author)2013-01-25

Now you can make them and sell them. Great idea.

shazni (author)Keithr6062013-01-25

Thanks! yes....I plane on doing it...also I plan on making some for my mom too I have done for my Mom-in-law :-)

countrysister Deb (author)2013-01-25

love love love it

shazni (author)countrysister Deb2013-01-25

Thanks! do I! hey please don't forget to vote for the other 2 contest if you like it ...pretty please...I would like my kids dreams to come true too :-)

HollyMann (author)2013-01-23

These are absolutely are so creative..I love them!!

shazni (author)HollyMann2013-01-24

Thanks! I love the fact that I got furniture for my home and and I got a prize from instructable for it too!! That is like sooo fantastic!

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