Recreate this designer ottoman look with my easy DIY footed cube ottoman tutorial and save yourself thousands while still getting the stylish look!
You know I always love a good look for less! And there’s no denying the quality of designer items (in many situations) is excellent! However, my home decor budget often doesn’t with those super high retail prices. Even though I really love (and want) the look. So today I wanted to share a new DIY tutorial to help you easily get a high designer looking ottoman for almost a $1000 less!
This whole little project happened when I stumbled upon a very stylish footed cube ottoman that retailed for almost $1100. Those round wood bun feet and the plaid pattern make for a gorgeous cube ottoman combination.
So knowing that I already owned some similar looking cube ottomans that were currently in my living room, I starting researching to see if I could recreate the look for way less. And you guessed it – I totally could!
Don’t you love the knew look? I am so thrilled! We already loved using our square ottomans for a convenient foot stool from time to time. And extra seating when we had guests. But now – I don’t want to use them. I just want to stand back and admire them! 🙂
So how much did the look for less cost me? My DIY footed cube ottoman only a total of $142.51 for the ottoman and four wood bun feet. How about that for a big savings?! $1100 or $142? I think we all know the answer to that question!
And now I’m going to show you how to make one for your home too!
Supplies You Will Need
This is really one of the easiest DIY projects I think I’ve ever shared. So having said that, the supply list is really short and sweet!
How To Create DIY Footed Cube Ottoman
Now that you have your supplies, let me show you the full tutorial!
Start By Removing Any Existing Feet
The first step is to flip the ottoman upside down and remove the existing rubber feet. Mine were attached with wood screws. So all I had to do was unscrew them with the screwdriver and I was ready for the next step.
Drill New Feet Holes
Now it was time to create some new holes for the wood feet. The previous holes were too small and not centered in the corners. The wood feet I purchased actually included a drill bit. But I soon discovered the bit was too big for my drill. Shock! I have never had that happen before!
So I dug around in my tools and decided to use a 7/25 bit instead. I marked the center of the corner and drilled into the supporting wood. Once my whole was made, I decided to try and see if my wood foot would simply just screw into the plywood base. And of course it did! Once I knew that, I continued on drilling the remaining foot holes.
Stain Wood Bun Feet
The next step was to stain the wood feet to a nice golden oak. I don’t have much experience staining. So when I went shopping for stain and discovered this mess-free stain with applicator, I was instantly sold. I think I may have even shouted. “YES!” in the Home Depot isle! 🙂
To make this stain process as easy as possible, I grabbed a cardboard box from the garage. I then proceeded to stick each foot into the sides of the box thus creating a drying area for the stained feet.
Then I grabbed the stain applicator, and following the simple instructions on the bottle, stained each wood foot. Then inserted it into the cardboard box to dry. Super simple!
Apply A Clear Coat To Feet
After I allowed the stain to dry for about 3 hours, it was time to give each one a quick coat of polyurethane. So I did that about three-four times (allowing for a 30 minute drying period between each coat) and then allowed them to dry overnight.
Lastly, Attach Feet To Ottoman
Now all that was left was for me to screw in each foot into the four corners of the ottoman!
The Finished DIY Footed Cube Ottoman
And then stand back, and see how nice it looks to save almost a $1000 on a designer footed cube ottoman!
I think the wood bun feet instantly upgraded my ottomans. I think they look way more expensive and people would probably be shocked to learn I got them at Target. It’s always those littlest details that really stand out!
So was it worth it to spend an afternoon on this super easy DIY project? Absolutely! I love the new look of my ottomans – totally worth the tiny little bit of effort I did. 🙂
I hope this easy DIY footed cube ottoman tutorial inspired you to look for creative ways to get the designer look for less in your home. Sometimes we can buy and sometimes – we DIY! 🙂