Wash Tub Ottoman

I bought an old wash tub a few years back with great intentions to do something amazing with it. I moved it around the studio a lot and it finally wound up in my back room. A good customer of mine came in for a visit and was saying what a hard time she was having trying to find an ottoman. A light went on and I showed her the wash tub and said I could “try” turning it into an ottoman for her. She immediately went to the fabric store and bought the fabric and came back.

wash tub ottoman supplies


I was stepping way out of my comfort zone on this one as I am not a wood worker or carpenter. I also have very limited tools to make items. To start I needed to know the height requirement. You don’t want your feet too high or too low when you are sitting so she called home to get the measurement of the height from the floor to the top of the seat of the chair the ottoman would be used with. The wheels added some height and the foam would be thick to add the remaining height needed.  A local fabric store cut two pieces of foam to the square size and glued them together to get the correct thickness.

The top piece will consist of two pieces of wood, one cut to the same size as the outer edge of the wash tub and the other board cut to the inner edge of the wash tub. Both boards were glued together to act as a snug lid that could be removed. The foam was placed on top then and trimmed with a steak knife to the correct shape, a thin layer of batting then the fabric over it all. Using a staple gun I secured the fabric to the bottom side of the top board and then trimmed off any excess fabric.  I finished the top with black decorative nails along the edge of the fabric on the upper board.

wash tub ottoman close up

There was some rusting and very small holes in the bottom  of the tub so I sprayed the interior with black rubber for rocker panels.

wash tub ottoman open


The wheels were attached with small bolts through holes I drilled in the bottom of the tub. I used two regular wheels and two with brakes. You don’t want your ottoman rolling away on you.

wash tub ottoman


I managed to do it. A little ingenuity/creativity and determination can go a long way. I thank my customer for putting her faith in me to do this.


Comments: 11

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  5. Amber June 28, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply

    How did you attach the top to the tub?

    • admin June 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm Reply

      The lid is not attached to the tub. The lid has two pieces of wood, one cut tot he inside measurement or the tub opening the other cut to the outer edge then attached together so it sits snug but can be lifted off for storage.

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  9. Rena August 18, 2015 at 6:14 am Reply

    I love this idea. Not only do you have something unique but functional as an ottoman and for storage. Very Cute and I love the fabric

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