It’s Time To DIY An Ottoman

My mom has been waiting…and waiting…for the final piece for her family room.  In fact, she’s been waiting for two years.

You see, after searching and searching and finding nothing that really excited her, I told her that I’d make an ottoman for her to replace the coffee table in her family room.


There’s nothing wrong with the coffee table.  In fact, it’s quite nice.  We purchased it at Bombay Company several years back.  (Oh Bombay, how I miss you so!!)

But let’s face it, glass isn’t the most comfortable thing to prop your feet up on when you want to get comfy.  No, they definitely need an ottoman.  So last night I started poking around the internet, trying to find just the right style for their family room.

I really like the simple styling of these ottomans, and these would be so incredibly simple to make…

ottoman west elm

West Elm ($349.00) via Pinterest

ottoman shades of light

Shades of Light ($1,125.00) via Pinterest

(Side note:  Don’t you wonder why there’s such a discrepancy in price between two very similar-looking ottomans?  Something’s not quite adding up there.)

Those are nice, but I really think my mom’s family room needs something with a little more detail, perhaps some tufting.  (And you know how I love tufting!!)  Something like this is more what I had in mind…

ballard tufted ottoman

Ballard Design ($495.00)

Those turned legs with the casters are so pretty!  They’re the perfect traditional touch for my mom’s family room.

I thought I had settled on that design, but then I saw this…

ottoman layla grayce

Layla Grayce ($1,139.00)

I mean, if it’s possible to fall in love with an ottoman, I think I’ve just done it.  Isn’t that gorgeous!?  As it is above, I think it looks a little too Old World for my mom’s very traditional family room.  BUT…I think if I were to stain the wood a medium brown rather than distress it, that would make it more appropriate for her room.

Oh, and that tufting!  It’s gorgeous!  I think I just mostly like that it’s different.  It’s like the perfect combination of a coffee table and ottoman.

So, we’ll see what my mom has to say, and which one she likes (or if she’s seen another style that she likes better).  But one way or another, it’s time for me to make her stop waiting!  Two years is long enough, don’t you think?

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  • Reply
    Robin A Johnson
    July 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Here is one from overstock like the one you found from Layla Grace except it is under $300


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    Jeri patton
    July 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I love them all but the bottom one has an extra shelf for storage!  Love the tufts too!  

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    Kim Cornish
    July 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I love the last one because of its gorgeous lines but also its function and sturdy construction lend itself to a family centered environment.

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    Courageous Designs
    July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I like the Layla Grace the best.

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    July 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I would go with ROUND…something like the Layla Grace version but round.  I would also do wheels to keep it flexible!

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    July 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Thought you might like this Coffee table to ottoman


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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    July 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Oh yes, I saw that!  I even featured it on my Inspiration Files.  🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, the difference in price in these is amazing. The overstock $300 ones are much better. 

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    July 20, 2011 at 1:49 am

    i love the last coffee table.  I was actually planning on DIYing something similar myself and bought this table: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10176292  But in the end i decided I liked it plain for now, since if I covered it then everything would be covered, and I like the look of the wood with my couch.  Can't wait to see what you end up doing!

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    Julian Spano
    July 21, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I love this room set up, the fire place is particularly nice, ottomans are great and versatile for any room, if you like home decorating check out, http://www.lethalinspiration.com, it has heaps of tips related to home decorating and interior design.

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    July 21, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I would love to learn to do upholstery to re-finish an ottoman that I have. But I just can't seem to figure out the tufting and where you buy the little buttons that go in the tufts.


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    July 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    There's just something about ottomans!  I love 'em!  Can't wait to see what you do!

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    Builders London
    August 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    These ottomans are
    great. Hard to pick one out of them. Your mom must be knowing about
    what she
    just needs around in the family room. 

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    Phoenix property management
    August 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    The first table is creating an exotic view with the floor and windows. Awesome!

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    London Building Services
    November 14, 2011 at 7:05 am

    The home interior is perfection in itself.

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