DIY Storage Ottoman

Tuck away clutter in even the most-used room of your home with this crafty, handmade storage solution.

Article and photos by Amanda Fettig
January / February 2018


Even the most organized among us can end up with clutter — those useful or sentimental items that don’t have a proper place on display but that we want to keep close at hand. Here’s a way to tuck those trinkets out of sight that doubles as an extra seat or the perfect place to put up your feet. Storage ottomans create space to store toys, blankets, books and more, and unlike most, this one won’t break the bank. Though it takes some time and careful work, in the end this project is worth the double-duty décor it offers.



• Plastic milk crate with “filing ledge” inside • Three 50-foot sisal rope packs
• 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick plywood or particle board
• 1-inch-thick, regular-density cushion foam
• 1/2-yard fabric
• Ribbon
• Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
• Fabric scissors
• Staple gun and staples