How we made an ottoman from a pallet 0

As my kids become bigger, smarter, creativer, and better spellers than me, I am experiencing the adrenaline of being a part of their brain-cell-blowing projects. The latest one being Misha’s idea to make an ottoman out of a pallet (thanks to a little nudge from Pinterest). I’m sooooo proud of Misha who at 14 years old continually amazes me… it appears that she has inherited the innovative and beautiful creativity of her mama.

So, here’s what we did to make this happen for about $55-


Grab / steal / borrow an old pallet from Home Depot or call up a buddy who drives a semi full of pallets for work (thanks Travis). We ended up cutting it down a bit (not the semi, the pallet) which involved taking the nails out. May I just add that, contrary to popular belief, pulling nails out of a pallet involves the potential for major back surgery and dropping a few adult words. They’re made with these spiral-batman-strength nails. Anyway, we chopped it down because we only had a bit of foam and didn’t want to buy more.

Step 2 – GLUE FOAM

So, the foam you can get from a fabric store but we used a combo of foam from an old A/V case as well as Misha’s old memory foam mattress that wasn’t doing much for her sleeping habits. That cost us $30 a year ago. She glued this on using a tube of this stuff called PL-something that we found downstairs which I bought when I needed to fix my hot tub. *Random / useless fact > hot tub is still broken but this has nothing to do with the glue.


Misha & I went to Fabricland here in Kelowna, she picked out some sweet 70% off fabric which ended up costing about $15-. Then, for the buttons, we went to some awesome hole-in-the-wall upholstery guy who whipped up 10 buttons. We just had to give him a strip of the same fabric and for 80 cents per button we were in there like swimwear. Putting them on required the help of super-oma-Lisa who apparently used to do this for work in the 70s (or 80s – same thing). Had to poke this giant needle through the fabric and foam and then with another trip to the upholstery king, the foam needed to be reinforced so the button string wouldn’t rip through it. Long story but basically, if you’re looking to do this yourself, find a good upholstery guy and just let him work his magic.


For the legs, I have a friend who has a farm who has some wood (and now sing that last line to the tune of “Old McDonald had a farm”) which has been resting in the back corner of this field for like 100 years. Seriously. So we took some of that home and slapped them onto the base of the pallet which now matches the mirror that we made from the same wood (see picture below).




These are 2 other mirrors we built using the old wood.


DIY mirrors - made these out of the same old wood we used for the legs of the ottoman.

DIY mirrors – made these out of the same old wood we used for the legs of the ottoman.