DIY Tire Ottoman





  1. Used Tire
  2. 100 feet of natural fiber rope. ( Exact measurement depends on tire size. Thicker rope will make the process much faster. We used rope that was 5/8th inches thick.)
  3. Carriage Bolts, Nuts, and Washers. ( Diameter and length of bolt needs to be the same as the drill bit.)
  4. Two wood panels with equal circumference as tire. ( Obtain from hardware store)
  5. Padding
  6. Fabric
  7. Staple Gun
  8. Staples
  9. Hot Glue Gun
  10. 2-3 packs of hot glue gun sticks
  11. Hammer
  12. Drill
  13. Drill Bit
  14. Sealant

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Step 1:

Begin with a clean tire. Place wood panel onto the tire.

Step 2:

Mark the wood in six spots, spaced evenly along the very edge of the wood panel. Distance between the spots will depend on the size of the tire.

Step 3:

Using a power drill, drill through the six spots you marked. Go through the wood and the tire.

Step 4:

Put the bolt in the hole though both the wood and the tire. It may be necessary to hammer the bolt in.

Step 5:

Attach washer and nut to the bolt, use a ratchet to tighten.

Step 6:

Trace the second wood panel onto the padding and cut the padding to the appropriate size.

Step 7:

Place the padding on top of the second wood panel.

Step 8:

Wrap padding and wood tightly with fabric, then staple. Excess fabric may be cut off, or stapled to the back.

Step 9:

Finished Cushion.

Heat Hot Glue Gun

Step 10:

Mark the circumference of the cushion with a light colored sharpie, or chalk, on top of the tire so you know where to begin wrapping the rope.

Step 11:

Apply glue directly to the tire and position the rope onto the glue. Continue until the entire tire is covered in rope. Use multiple people for this step, if possible.

Step 12:

After glue has dried, spray the tire with several coats of sealant. Allow each coat to dry before spraying another.

Step 13:

After the final coat of sealant had dried, place the cushion on top of the tire.


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    10 Discussions


    3 years ago

    the 100 feet of rope was completely used up?


    3 years ago

    Does the cushion need to be attached/stuck to the tire or will it be loose and detachable??

    Also can we add wheels to the bottom?


    3 years ago

    Not my taste - But I give you an A+ for creativity.

    1 reply

    3 years ago

    Does the smell of old rubber tires in the house bother you? looks like a GREAT idea for outdoor furniture, if you use a fast drying weatherproof fabric, and some non-absorbent foam for the seat cushion. Great tutorial!

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    3 years ago

    When DOES the smell of the tire go away, or did the tire you used not have a smell? I wonder what would be good to use to get rid of the rubber smell? I'm planning on sending this 'ible to my son who wants to use a tire as a table base!

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Fortunately enough the tire we had actually did not smell that badly! We just wiped our tire off with a rag and some warm water to make it cleaner and to ensure the rope stuck well when we glued it.