Nifty Denim DIY Ottoman Crate with Storage an Ikea Hack

Personalized DIY Ottoman Using Jeans and a Wooden Crate

I’m always looking for a bit more storage and extra seating in my home. With this rustic denim DIY ottoman, I think I have a solution.
I love how practical and nifty this DIY ottoman is. When unexpected guests turn up it provides both seating and somewhere to quickly hide clutter.
The casters also make it really easy to move. Watch it, if you have wooden floors like me the kids (big kids too) will end up riding it around the house. The wheels are really nippy.
You know what else is great about the ottoman, it’s that it’s upholstered with my old jeans and I have stenciled the family name to the great to give it the personal touch.
Nifty DIY Ottoman made from jeans and Ikea box.  Really handy storage too.
If you follow Pillar Box Blue, you will know I have a thing about denim, maps, and Ikea hacks. Well, this DIY ottoman project covers two of those bases; the upcycled denim and Ikea hack. I suppose if I used it to store my maps then it would cover all three.

Make a nifty DIY Ottoman from an Ikea Crate and an old pair of jeans.  Handy bit of storage too which can be personalized by stenciling your name.
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What you need to make an upcycled DIY ottoman crate



For the upholstered lid..

Jeans for DIY ottoman Ikea hack s

How to make a denim DIY Ottoman crate

  1. First, assemble your Ikea crate according to the instructions
  2. Stencil the sides of the crate. This is so easy, I used a plastic letter stencil and a sharpie for this. You can really personalize the ottoman by stenciling someone’s name on the crate. Our family name is Armstrong so I decided to stencil that on my crate.
    Just make sure you stencil the right way up, you may think that is obvious but I still manage to stencil things upside down at times.
    Stenciling a crate with a sharpie

  4. The wood on the Ikea Knagglig crate is untreated. To protect the wood and to give it a more rustic and aged look, I rubbed the whole crate, inside and out with some dark furniture wax.




  6. Screw the casters to the base of the ottoman, you will need very short wood screws for this.


    The upholstered lid..

  8. To transform your lovely stenciled crate on wheels into a useful ottoman you will need to add a lid. Firstly cut a piece of plywood to the size of the top of your crate. At the same time saw 2 batons of wood about 1″ shorter than the width of your lid.


  10. Using the plywood lid as a guide, cut a piece of foam the same size and stick it to the lid using a spray adhesive.


  12. Cut the batting/wadding so that it is large enough to wrap around the foam and staple it to the underside of the lid using a staple gun.

  13. Cut the waistband off the jeans and cut off one leg. If you split the leg open down the seam, there should be enough denim to cover the ottoman lid, if not then cut open the other leg and sew them together.


  15. Wrap the large piece of denim around the batting and staple gun to the underside of the plywood. The waistband of the jeans was glued to outside edge of the ottoman lid (pin whilst the glue dries to help it stick). This little touch to me adds more interest and character to the ottoman.
    Depending on the size of your jeans you may need 2 jeans waistbands to go around the ottoman.


  17. I used a scrap piece of fabric to tidy up the underside of the DIY ottoman lid. To ensure good adhesion, the fabric was pinned to the lid whilst the glue was drying.


  19. Finally to ensure that your lid doesn’t slide around, screw in 2 or 3 batons to the underside.




The finished DIY Ottoman..

The denim and the stenciling give the ottoman a rustic industrial feel. I love it in my lounge but it would look great in a teen bedroom or man cave. It can be personalized by stenciling a name and year onto the wooden crate. Also I find the storage bit under the lid really handy for magazines and general clutter when I want a quick tidy up.
Nifty DIY Ottoman made from jeans and Ikea box.  Really handy storage too.
DIY Ottoman from upcycled jeans and an Ikea crate.  Makes for handy storage too!
Nifty upcycled denim DIY ottoman made from an Ikea Crate.  Personalise with your own stencils.  Handy storage too!
If you want to see more crate ideas you should check out my DIY nightstand from a wine box.. If you like the denim then might should see my most popular post, which is my great denim pocket organiser.
For more home diy ideas don’t forget to check out the diyideacenter.


63 Responses

  1. […] Sometimes my husband comes inside after working on a project and he has either stained or put a hole in his jeans. Of course, he could use them as his old jeans, but sometimes when the number of old jeans just piling up, well, we can either become a hoarder of them or keep one or two pair and create awesome DIY projects. DIY was on the mind of Claire who is over at Pillar Box Blue. She has created one of the coolest DIY projects I have seen in a long time! A Nifty Denim DIY Ottoman! […]

  2. I thought the upcycled spool to ottoman was creative, had to check out this one too! I have to steal this idea for my place! Pinning for later… it’s so cute!

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  4. Hi! Thank you so much for posting this! I am half way through making this for my dad’s Christmas gift! I hope he loves it as much as I do, otherwise I might just have to keep it. Hehe

    • You’re welcome, I love to hear when people make my crafts and DIYs. I’m sure it will look gorgeous and I’m sure your dad will love it if you do end up giving it to him!

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    • Thank you so much and thanks for visiting. I enjoyed seeing your chair project it was very impressive.

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  14. LOVE this idea! I am all about upcycling, and this looks like a fun, simple and very useful project. Pinning. Visiting from the Inspiration Monday party with Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, and new fan of yours 🙂

  15. This is absolutely precious!

  16. Claire, that is super cute! Caught your well-deserved feature over at Chloe’s blog tonight.

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  19. I love that you turned a crate into an ottoman! What a clever idea. And the denim top just adds to the charm. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

    • Thank you Katy, I thought the denim would compliment the wood.

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  24. Claire, you do so many amazing things with denim! Do you know that my pin of your denim wall organizer is my most pinned pin? It has thousands of shares!

    • Thank you, Siena. I love working with denim and that is one of my most popular posts. I still hangs in my sons room, he loves it.

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  27. I do believe that you are the Queen of Denim Crafts and I could see my adult kids scooting all over the house on this. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  28. Love everything about it especially the denim cover! #merrymonday

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  32. What a fun idea to do with denim and an ottoman.

  33. That’s a fab idea and looks comfy as well! Very tempting though with castors on, to go wheelie round the house!

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  35. This is so awesome! I love that you used the waist band around the edges. And dark wax on the crate was a great idea over the mess of staining it. Great job!

    • Thanks Toni, I love to use the more interesting bits of old jeans were ever possible.

  36. That’s brilliant, I love the personalisation and the waistband trim looks great.

    • Thanks Julie, I love to use the waistband of jeans in my denim projects whenever I can.

  37. What a fun ottoman, Claire! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  38. Claire I love this project! That denim top makes it perfect!! Thank you for sharing at TaDa Thursday 🙂

  39. Claire you know I love all your denim projects but this one also combines the rustic wood! That to me is such a winning combination.

  40. Jes

    I have a feeling my boys would love taking this for a spin down the hall!

  41. I love this!! I have an idea of where to put it too! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

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  43. A brilliant idea and on castors too

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  45. It’s wonderful! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that features your tutorial:

  46. Claire, I adore this piece, combining two of my favorite things worn denim and vintage crates! And finally a great source for a substantial sturdy crate for creating projects with! Thanks so much for sharing your project at Fridays Furniture Fix!

    • Thank you very much Brenda. I love to use worn denim in my projects wherever possible.

  47. Love this idea! Those casters really make it amazing. Thanks for sharing this at the Home Matters Party!

  48. Neat idea. Unique enough to be a converstion piece.

  49. This is way too cool and oh so creative! I love it. The crate and the denim are perfect together! Nice job.

    • Thank you so much! I do love the rustic combination of wood and denim.

  50. Check you out claire, you’re becoming quite the IKEA HACKER! hehe! I love this project 🙂

    • Thanks Medina, it may be an Ikea Hack but I still managed to get a bit of denim into it too!

  51. Really innovative! Love how you put the band of the jeans on the edge, genius. I could see this used in lots of spaces especially a playroom for kids.

  52. Super cute!! Love the casters on the bottom- 🙂

  53. That is adorable!! What a great way to reuse items. Definitely pinning to try, and I’ll be out looking for the crate soon! 🙂

  54. Another great denim project! Love the storage idea. Visiting from Creative Exchange party.

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