Tire to Ottoman and Table.




About: I'm a mom of 4 and I love to craft! Anything and Everything interests me and i love to create in the process of learning.

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 them...so if you like a quick look without reading the whole instructable...you can follow the steps in the pictures. If you like it...and want to try it...you can read it at your leisure :-) .

Step 1: Things You Would Need!

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

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 dirty...so...if 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!

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 strong....you 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 bolts...BTW...to align tires properly I pushed both tires to a corner wall...so much easier.

Once you have cut all your circles....it'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 circles...so 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 surface...it'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 look....you 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 tires...so 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 not...as it won't be seen) for the bottom.

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

Step 4: Tire to Ottoman!

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 up...place 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 pin...now 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!...now 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 kids...so I thought to write it up...
Why did I use bolts ? why not just close with the lids? well... the bolts secure it tightly...so 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

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??

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

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85 Discussions


Question 9 months ago on Introduction

Where can I get white rope and what size around is the rope (thickness)?


6 years ago on Step 6

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?

3 replies

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

These are very old tires....so 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 were....my husband would have surely mentioned it! haha


Reply 2 years ago

The smell is poisonous


Reply 9 months ago

Wash them in dish detergent and bleach. Kills the odor.


Answer 1 year ago

Depends on what you are going for. These are ottomans...so the height was 9 inches width. the hard type. You can go for smaller sizes or larger as shown in 2 other tutorials I have put up. If you want to do a chair then check out my tutorial tire to sofa chair. The height can be adjusted by legs in this. Basically, most chairs require a height of 16 inches from the ground.

I hope this helps. Sorry for the delay in repling.


2 years ago

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..


2 years ago

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


2 years ago

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.


2 years ago

Any tire gives off dangerous fumes.

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

Especially harmful to young children

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Reply 2 years ago

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!


3 years ago

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

2 replies

Reply 2 years ago

Tires give off harmful fumes forever. Keep them outside


Reply 3 years ago

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 :-)


Reply 3 years ago


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 :-)


Reply 3 years ago

Congrats! No need to apologize... :)