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Chalk Board Storage Ottoman


Billosm
Billosm
Billosm
Billosm

I made these storage ottomans because our reclining couch started to fall apart and I wanted somewhere to put my feet.
The larger ottoman is 21" h x 30" w x 19.5" d.
The smaller is 17" h x 17.5" w x 16.5" d.
I do recommend the 17"h as it is a more "natural" sitting position.
Each is made out of 5/8" MDF with 2x2 support pieces at each corner.
To assemble each ottoman I cut the pieces bearing in mind that there is a 3" foam pad on the top.
I painted the sides before assembly as it was just easier for me. I used a chalkboard paint so that my younger kids could have a place to draw.
I cut the inside 2x2 supports at 12" as they did not need to go all the way. I used the 2x2 because I have 5 boys and they can be quite rough. I didn't want to screw the pieces together just at the MDF.
I pre drilled the pilot hole for each screw.
I assembled the box using #8 x 2" screws.
Making sure my box was square I measured and cut a 3/8" piece of plywood for the bottom. I inserted the plywood and screwed in two more pieces of 2x2 along the width "under" the plywood to hold it in place.
Using #8 x 1" screws I fastened the plywood to the bottom 2x2.
for the top I cut two pieces 3/8" plywood to fit half of the large one with a half inch overhand on either end each and one piece to fit the smaller one.
I attached 2x2 to the bottom of each lid portion to add strength - considering they have been sat on regularly. These also keep the tops from sliding off any end. I put them a bit snug to each side for minimal movements
I added the 3" foam cut to cover each plywood lid and used a heavy vinyl to cover each. I sewed my vinyl to fit snug over the top so that there would be minimal bunching in the corners.
I drilled two 3/4" holes in the sides of each end to put rope thru. This allows it to be moved much easier.

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  • Awesome work! And what a clever idea to allow the base to be a place where the kiddos can draw!
    By RYOBI Nation, on March 15, 2017

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Chalk Board Storage Ottoman

by Billosm
Mar 13, 2017

I made these storage ottomans because our reclining couch started to fall apart and I wanted somewhere to put my feet. The larger ottoman is 21" h x 30" w x 19.5" d. The smaller is 17" h x 17.5" w x 16.5" d. I do recommend the 17"h as it is a more "natural" sitting position. Each is made out of 5/8" MDF with 2x2 support pieces at each corner. To assemble each ottoman I cut the pieces bearing in mind that there is a 3" foam pad on the top. I painted the sides before assembly as it was just easier for me. I used a chalkboard paint so that my younger kids could have a place to draw. I cut the inside 2x2 supports at 12" as they did not need to go all the way. I used the 2x2 because I have 5 boys and they can be quite rough. I didn't want to screw the pieces together just at the MDF. I pre drilled the pilot hole for each screw. I assembled the box using #8 x 2" screws. Making sure my box was square I measured and cut a 3/8" piece of plywood for the bottom. I inserted the plywood and screwed in two more pieces of 2x2 along the width "under" the plywood to hold it in place. Using #8 x 1" screws I fastened the plywood to the bottom 2x2. for the top I cut two pieces 3/8" plywood to fit half of the large one with a half inch overhand on either end each and one piece to fit the smaller one. I attached 2x2 to the bottom of each lid portion to add strength - considering they have been sat on regularly. These also keep the tops from sliding off any end. I put them a bit snug to each side for minimal movements I added the 3" foam cut to cover each plywood lid and used a heavy vinyl to cover each. I sewed my vinyl to fit snug over the top so that there would be minimal bunching in the corners. I drilled two 3/4" holes in the sides of each end to put rope thru. This allows it to be moved much easier.