Wednesday, October 10

Day 10 - Build a Rolling Ottoman

I hope you guys are enjoying this series as much as I am. :) You can see links to the complete series here, and get details about my Lowe's gift card giveaway here. In this series, we're seeing what we can make out of 2x4s. I want to keep it cheap, keep it easy, and keep it totally doable for anyone. Today's project is another favorite (I know. I have a lot a favorites. It's okay.). We're going to build a handy rolling ottoman!

This ottoman has simple lines and interesting architectural lines. It can make a really fun statement in your living room! We'll be adding casters so your ottoman can easily roll wherever you need it. Use is as a coffee table, put your feet up while you read, or let it double as extra seating in a pinch. Let's get started....

 Shopping List:
3  -  2x4s @ 10' long
1  -  2x4  @ 8' long
4 casters (optional)

2 1/2” screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
4" screws (or Kreg Jig & 2 1/2" self tapping screws)
Wood glue
Wood filler

2x4 Cut List:
(A) - 10  @  24 1/2" (sides)
(B) - 7  @  21 1/2"  (top)

Dimensions: 24 1/2" wide x 17 1/2" tall (not including casters) x 24 1/2" deep

Please read all the directions before beginning, and cut your pieces as you go, measuring before each cut. Use 2 1/2” screws or pocket holes with 2 1/2" screws unless otherwise indicated. Always use glue. Pre-drill and countersink your screws. I have not built from these exact plans, so measure lots to make sure things work out!

Step 1: Build the Base
Assemble four of the side boards (A) as shown below. It should be flush at all the corners. You an attach it using a kreg jig in the corners, or by carefully angling 2 1/2" screws through the side of the green boards and into the top of the gray boards. Use glue.

 Add another pair of side boards as shown below and attach in the same way.

Continue adding side boards in alternating directions until you have completed the base of your ottoman.

Step 2: The Top
Attach the top boards (B) running between the top set of side boards. Everything should be flush across the top. Attach them by drilling through the side boards into the top boards with 2 1/2" screws and glue.

Step 3: Finishing
Start by filling any nail holes and sanding everything smooth. If you are adding casters, attach them to teh bottom corners according the manufacturer recommendations. Then finish your ottoman with paint or stain and polyurethane. Try a deep charcoal to add a little drama.

Project 2x4 Cost:
$9.60  -  3   2x4s @ 10' long ($3.20 each)
$2.50  -  1   2x4  @ 8' long ($2.50 each)
$12.10 Total

Thanks, Jeremy, for our first reader photo! He used this ottoman as an inspiration for his own barstools. You can see more detail and process picture on his blog, check it out here!

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  1. I like the crate look of this, and the fact that it has wheels!

  2. I just found you and I'm loving all these ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I like it as a footrest!

  4. An ottoman needs wheels; otherwise, it's just in the way. Good move to have them.

  5. These are all so great! We are moving early 2013 and I am already thinking of what projects will fit where in our new place...Do you do most of these yourself or does your husband help?

    1. We do some of both! We do a lot of it together, but I do parts of it by myself. For the most part we find two heads are better than one. :)

  6. This is definitely an interesting look!

  7. I like it a lot. Very easy to do! I tweeked it a bit and am using it as a night stand.

    1. That's great! I'd love to see pics if you have any!

  8. Made one of these in about 1.5 hours used 2" brad nails instead of screws and it went a whole lot quicker. 1/2" notched the edges of the 2x4 for more stability. 2 of these are on our patio and with wheels are just great to move with the traffic.

    1. Good call, these are great for a patio! I love hearing when someone uses one of my plans. :) I'd love to see pics if you have any!

  9. Hello,
    I didn't use your plan but you gave me the idea to use the principe to make a stool with same style :)
    Thank you for everything you share, very inspiring.

  10. Hello, here is the link for the stool in my blog :

    1. Thanks so much! It looks great! Do you mind if I share your picture and link up in the plans?

  11. Instead of angling the 2 1/2" screw into the cross piece, try putting a pocket hole on the end.