Recycled Belt Ottoman

Recycled Belt Ottoman

Turn thrift store belts into a functional ottoman with our simple instructions.


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With the use of leather belts and a few pieces of oak, you can craft a fun and stylish ottoman for your living room.

MATERIALS
(2) 1” x 2” x 8’ oak
(1) 2” x 3” x 8’ oak
18 leather belts close to the same length
1 1⁄4” Wood screws
Wood glue
3⁄4” pan head wood screws
Drill with a Philips head bit
Chopsaw
Pencil
Tape Measure
Heavy-duty scissors
Wood stain
Brush
Face mask
Safety Glasses

FRAME INSTRUCTIONS

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  1. Measure the length of the belts with a tape measure. Divide them into two piles: The longer belts will cover the length of the ottoman and the shorter belts will cover the width. (In our case, the ottoman is 20” long by 14” wide.)
  2. Cut the oak pieces to length — ask your hardware store if they can do this for you. Take the 2”x3”x8’ piece of oak and cut it into four 22” sections to create four ottoman legs.
  3. Take the 1”x2”x8’ pieces of oak, and cut 4 sections at 20” to create the length pieces. Then, cut another 4 sections to 14” to create the width pieces.
  4. Line up one of the leg sections (22”) with a length piece (20”) at the end, creating a 90-degree angle. Join the two pieces at a 90-degree angle with two 2” wood screws through the outside of the leg and into the width of the piece.
  5. Attach a second leg piece (22”) to the other end of the length piece (20”). Drive two 2” wood screws through the outside of the leg and into the end of the length piece.
  6. On both leg pieces, measure up 4 inches from the bottom. Attach a second length piece (20”) just above this point. Secure the length piece (20”) between both legs by driving two 2” wood screws through each leg and into the new length piece (20”).
  7. Repeat with the other 2 legs (22”), and 2 length (20”) pieces. You should now have two completed sides for the ottoman.
  8. Join the two sides together with the 4 width pieces (14”) — 2 pieces at the top of the legs, and 2 pieces 4” up from the bottom of all 4 legs. Make sure to stagger your screws so they do not crisscross.
  9. Apply a wood stain to the assembled frame with a brush, moving along the wood grain and let dry.

LEATHER BELT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure the distance from underneath one width piece, across the length of the ottoman to the opposite width piece. Cut a long belt to this measurement leaving 1” of excess on each end. (In our case, we cut the long belts to 27”.)
  2. Start underneath one width piece positioned up against one of the legs. Drive two 3⁄4” pan head screw through the belt into the wood to secure it to the underside of the wood. See photo.
  3. Pull the belt up and across the top of the ottoman frame. Pull tight, and tuck the other end of the belt under the opposing width piece, securing it up against the opposite leg. Drive two more 3⁄4” pan head screws through the belt and into the wood.
  4. Continue attaching all the long belts as instructed in steps 2 and 3.
  5. Once all the long belts are tight and in place, measure the width of the ottoman from underneath a length piece, across the ottoman, to the opposite length piece. Cut a belt to this shorter length, leaving 1” of excess on each end. (In our case, we cut the belts 21”.)
  6. Start underneath the length piece, pressed up against one of the 22” legs. Drive a 3⁄4” pan head screw through the belt and into the wood.
  7. Pull the belt over the first long belt. Then tuck under the second long belt. Continue weaving by going over the third long belt, and under the fourth long belt. Keep going across the entire ottoman, weaving over and under.
  8. When you get to the opposite side, pull the belt up and over the opposing length piece. Tuck the belt underneath the wood and drive a 3⁄4” pan head screw through the belt and into the wood. (Make sure to pull the belt very tight.)
  9. Start a second shorter belt underneath the length piece, pressed up against the belt you just attached. Drive a 3⁄4” pan head screw through the belt and into the wood. This time, pull the new belt under the first long belt and over the second long belt. Continue weaving under and over.
  10. Secure the end of the belt to the opposing length (20”) piece, tight up against the previous belt.
  11. Continue weaving the short belts across the width of the ottoman, switching every other (over/under and under/over).

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I must say, this is the most detailed writing on a post that I have seen in a very long time! Love the idea as well!

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