How to make an ottoman with your own hands?

  1. Tools and materials
  2. How to make from old things?
  3. How to make soft frameless poufs?
  4. Manufacturing on a rigid frame

An attractive pouf is one of the types of furniture that could be used to diversify the interior of the house. Designer models are expensive. If it is not possible to buy a pouf, you can make it yourself.

Tools and materials

To make the described piece of furniture with your own hands, you need to have a special toolkit at hand. From that according to what scheme the master will act, the list of necessary materials also depends.

Particular attention should be paid to the fabric from which the pouf is planned to be made, and the filler.

Recently, synthetic fillers have become in demand, but in the case when they are the cause of allergies, it is worth opting for the woody variety.

Cedar and pine sawdust are praised for their healing effects, but they need to be changed periodically. The main advantage of natural wood filler is its environmental friendliness and the absence of chemical components.

A soft and comfortable pouf is obtained if you use expanded polystyrene. Small balls give the required volume, do not sag over time. You can use lightweight holofiber.

Often, polyurethane foam is used as a filling for poufs, it also does not cause allergies and has the desired elasticity.

Even an old blanket can be used in a pouf construction. A pillow may work if you intend to make frameless furniture.

Abroad, peas, cereals and even dry grass are widely used as a filler.

Regardless of what materials it is planned to make the item from, you should have at hand:

  • scissors;
  • knife;
  • construction stapler;
  • thread and needle;
  • universal glue;
  • upholstery fabric;
  • filler.

When you want to create a truly unique piece of furniture, you should knit the material yourself. The more interesting the patterns and the more varied the colors, the more attention such an object will attract.

As a rule, the fabric is crocheted, since this tool has more options. The yarn can be either woolen or any other, it all depends on the preferences of the designer.

Such a pouf can be used as a separate piece of furniture, or as an addition to the ottoman. For knitting, Lyon brand yarn is good. It is better to take a darker shade, since dirt will quickly be visible on a light one.

In addition, you will need:

  • hook;
  • tapestry needles;
  • filler;
  • plastic bag.

Since the filler of knitted material can crawl out, the latter should first be put in a bag, then in a soft bag. A simple pillowcase perfectly copes with the task.

Most often, a pouf is made by hand from fabric. The pattern can be found on the Internet depending on the desired size and shape.

The fabric is advised to acquire a dense fabric that can withstand constant use. The size of the purchased canvas is not less than 1.25 meters.

In addition to the material, you will need:

  • lightning;
  • measurement tape;
  • pins;
  • filler.

It is advisable to sew all individual parts using a sewing machine.

A circle is cut out of the specified amount of fabric, the diameter of which should be 46 centimeters. Also, scissors form a rectangle with a length of 142 centimeters and a width of 40 centimeters.

The last is cut out a square with sides of 48 centimeters. It is subsequently divided into two halves and a zipper is sewn on.Only after that a circle is made from the square using a ready-made template.

The rectangle is folded in half on the short side and a circle is sewn. Thus, one side of the pouf is obtained. At the other end, repeat the steps. The result is an attractive round piece of furniture that can beautify any interior. The filler is laid after the cover is completely ready.

How to make from old things?

If you have a fantasy, then you can create a soft pouf from all kinds of old things. Many designers use junk material, plastic bottles and even car tires.

You can make original things from jeans that have become small or if a hole has formed on the material. Patterns are prepared from fabrics of different colors, sewn according to a given pattern and get a unique piece of furniture.

The sizes are always selected individually, especially if it is a frameless pouf.

From plastic bottles

Even from plastic bottles, you can easily build a soft piece of furniture if you know how to do it step by step. This will require:

  • two-liter or one and a half-liter bottles;
  • cardboard (the thicker the better);
  • decorative material;
  • filler in the form of foam rubber;
  • needle and thread;
  • a roll of scotch tape;
  • glue.

Depending on what shape the future furniture will be, a round or square piece is cut out of the material. These elements play the role of the top and bottom of the future product.

Each bottle used in the construction of a pouf must have a lid. It is worth checking that it fits snugly against the neck.

The container is connected with adhesive tape. The first circle should be completely filled with bottles. The second element is laid on top.

At the second stage, they begin to decorate the furniture. Two round and one rectangular parts are cut from the existing sheet of foam rubber. It is worth remembering that the size of the elements must be such that the material remains for the allowances. With the help of a needle and thread, all parts are fastened together with a strong seam.

However, it is not always possible to find foam rubber in this form, then you can use a synthetic winterizer, which fits in several layers.

When the frame is ready, you can start sewing the case. It is better to take a durable fabric, for example, jacquard or tapestry. They perfectly withstand long-term operation. The cover is cut out in the same way: two round elements and one rectangular one.

If you want to add convenience when using a pouf, then you should attach a small strap to the cover. With its help, it will be much easier to transfer the product from place to place.

Many designers use additional decoration. In the place where the seam passes, you can place rhinestones or buttons. The border looks good.

From car tires

At home, it is quite easy to create an attractive design solution from a tire yourself. For work you will need:

  • tire from wheel;
  • a skein of twine;
  • varnish;
  • glue, it is better to use a glue gun;
  • several self-tapping screws;
  • plywood (the thickness of which is not less than 3 mm and not more than 5 mm);
  • jigsaw and electric drill for work.

To get a circle of the desired radius, you will need to measure the inner diameter of the tire. The resulting value is divided in half, then 1.5 cm is added.

Do not be afraid to work with such materials and fantasize.

Two circles are cut out of plywood, they will become the bottom and the seat in the future, when the structure is ready.

The resulting elements will need to be fastened together; for this, use a drill. Self-tapping screws are used as fasteners.

Only then can you start gluing the rope to the tire. To make the pattern interesting, lay the rope from the middle of the seat. In the future, they move along a trajectory that resembles a snail shell.

Only after the top is completely finished, you can start pasting the sides. The first circle should dry well. If this requirement is not followed, the rope may move.

This version of the original furniture is perfect for a summer residence. You can make an extra case from any fabric you like.

Professional designers give their advice on how to make your job easier.

For example, it is not necessary to apply a lot of glue in the first layer, since then the rope will float... The easiest way is to complete the task together. While one is winding the string, the task of the other is to make sure that the rope does not slip, but lies well. If you work alone, gaps can form. In this case, the product will lose its attractiveness.

After the glue has completely dried, you can varnish the furniture. Curly legs and wheels are often used as an additional decor.

From the coil from the cable

A cable reel is another thing that can serve as a frame for a pouf. It has many benefits. With the help of a coil, you can quickly create an interesting piece of furniture.

To increase the strength of the structure, slats are added between the two discs. Fasten them with self-tapping screws. Thick cardboard is used as an additional frame; it can be taken from old boxes.

Both the top discs and the circumference of the spool are sheathed with paper. After that, the resulting frame is wrapped with twine using hot glue.

A circle of chipboard and foam rubber is laid on top. The thicker the material, the better. The circle will need to be covered with padding polyester, on the back of the chipboard it is attached with a construction stapler. Only then can the material be fastened.

The side can also be finished with padding polyester.

As a decorative coating, a cover is made (in accordance with the available dimensions). It can be both fabric and artificial or natural leather and other materials.

Out of the bucket

This is another, equally popular way of making a soft pouf yourself. To make it, you will need the following tools and materials:

  • jute rope;
  • glue gun;
  • sheets of cardboard;
  • material;
  • construction stapler;
  • microfiber;
  • large button.

As in other cases, you will first need to make a few cuts from the material. Two of them are round, they play the role of bottom and top. A rectangular cut is needed for the sides.

The same elements must be cut out of foam rubber. But they must be larger in size than the dimensions of the bucket used so that they can be left for an allowance.

Before starting work, the bucket should also be prepared. The handle is removed from it, after which the rope is wound in a circle. If you do not use glue, then it will not adhere well.

Often, foam rubber can be replaced with padding polyester. It has the same softness when used in several layers.

Most of the time is taken up by the manufacture of the seat of the future pouf. First you need to cut two circles out of thick cardboard. Their diameter should correspond to the diameter of the bucket. The fabric pattern should be the same shape, but 10 centimeters larger.

The prepared button is designed to connect the cardboard and fabric. Before using microfiber, you must twist it into a tube. In this form, it is wound around the button in a circle. Glue is used as a fixer.

The prepared fabric is fixed on top of the microfiber from the back with a construction stapler. The lid is attached to the bucket with the same glue. The bottom is closed in the same way.

How to make soft frameless poufs?

On the network you can find the necessary drawings and diagrams, according to which it is easy to make a frameless soft pouf yourself into a room. Such furniture is perfect for both the nursery and the living room, the main thing is to think over its design and decoration correctly.

As a filler, you can use polystyrene or any other material. Some make such interior items from foam rubber. It is even allowed to fill the pouf with cereals or beans.

For a nursery, it is best to use a dense fabric, such as jacquard, as a material. Not every fabric can withstand the daily tests.

The pouf in the nursery is made in the form of a soft toy, then it arouses more interest in the baby and fits perfectly into the design of the room.

Living room furniture should be more classic or general style, for example, shabby chic, provence or loft.


Such a piece of furniture is sewn from scraps. To make it you will need:

  • woven material;
  • sewing machine;
  • thread and needle;
  • filler.

First, you need to cut a blank out of thick cardboard or any other paper. It is made in the shape of a triangle with one cut off sharp end.

All flaps can be sewn together with a sewing machine, or by hand - as convenient. The first option takes less time, but it is not always available.

The advantage of the "octahedron" in question is that it can be sewn from patches of different colors. In this case, the designer's capabilities are limited only by his imagination. In addition to differences in the color palette, individual patches may differ in texture.

When all the elements are connected to each other, the overall structure will look like a ball. Before you start stuffing the pouf, the tops of the sewn cuts must be slightly bent.

Without filler, the product will not hold its shape. A synthetic winterizer and foam rubber are used as it, you can simply fill it with sawdust, but then you will need to build an additional rough cover made of dense fabric, which will prevent particles from falling out.

Cover the remaining hole on top with a small piece of cloth.

The pouf bag consists of two covers. This is one of the simplest models that you can make yourself at home.

The pear shape is most often encountered, since it gives maximum comfort and convenience to a person.

A durable fabric is selected for sewing the outer cover. The inner bag is best made of synthetic material.

Polystyrene foam or any other material is taken as a filler, you can even fill it with an old blanket.

For work you will need:

  • sewing machine or needle with thread;
  • lightning;
  • the cloth;
  • filler.

For the pattern, you will need a ruler, pencil or chalk, scissors.

The outer cover is sewn from six wedges, a zipper is installed between the two. After the filler gets inside, the pouf takes on the desired shape.

Such easy-to-manufacture furniture can have other shapes.

Manufacturing on a rigid frame

Products on a rigid frame are no less popular. They can be used not only as an additional chair in the living room or hallway, but also as a stand. If you put in enough effort and patience, you can get a home-made product that is in no way inferior in design to a store one.

Such furniture is made from chipboard with a lid or from chipboard without a lid, it all depends on what functions the pouf should perform.

Most often it is a plywood square, less often it is made from another tree. The square wood base is ideal as it holds its shape perfectly and is the easiest to work with.

For manufacturing you will need:

  • plywood;
  • jigsaw;
  • timber;
  • self-tapping screws;
  • synthetic winterizer or foam rubber;
  • upholstery fabric.

The pouf can have both a drawer and a lid that opens up additional free space inside the structure.

In the simplest version, a solid wooden frame is simply upholstered with foam rubber, and then the material is stretched.

The work begins with the fact that you will need to cut six blanks measuring 40 * 40 cm. These are the so-called walls. Next, they work with a bar, which should be cut into 4 identical parts.

The soft part of the product is formed of foam rubber, the dimensions of which should be the same as those of plywood blanks.

You can fasten the walls together using metal corners.The beam allows you to increase the strength of the structure. They are installed from the inside. The whole structure is fastened with self-tapping screws. To prevent them from unscrewing over time, it is worth screwing them into the wood harder.

The outer walls of the frame are necessarily wrapped with padding polyester, so it is possible to smooth out the corners that may damage the woven material in the future. The synthetic winterizer can be easily attached to the glue.

Instead of padding polyester, you can use foam rubber. The upholstery fabric is laid on top and attached with a construction stapler. The corners will need to be carefully tucked. At the joints, you can iron the material with an iron.

    The bottom is installed in place with glue. From the end side, self-tapping screws are screwed into the bars and allowed to dry a little. After that, you can proceed to fixing the furniture rollers using the same screws.

    Only after the work done, you can start making the seat, which in our case will open up additional free space inside the structure. The more padding polyester, the softer the seat will be. Foam rubber is applied on top, then the upholstery fabric is attached.

    Butt hinges allow you to make a folding seat.

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