(remember you can click on the picture to see it larger)In case the pictures don't make sense, the last picture is of the dimensions I chose to do. You can do your's HOWEVER you want of course. I think it would be fun to do a longer one, say 48 x 18 and put it at the end of your bed. I think mine are a pretty good height if you are wanting just an actual ottoman to rest your feet on. But remember to take into account the height of your couches.
As far as the upholstering goes keep in mind the following things:
- You'll want a sturdier fabric (no cotton/cotton blends) I used upholstery fabric from Hancock Fabrics but Home Fabrics (next to Michaels in Orem) has a HUGE selection and they are pretty decently priced.
- Get about 4 inches extra for each side of your ottoman (you'll need some room for pulling and stapling)
- Most likely you are going to want foam on the top of your ottoman. Rather than spend a fortune on regular foam they sell at fabric stores, Tricia recommends buying an egg crate mattress (I found mine at Walmart) instead which you just fold in half. It worked great and was more than half the price of foam.
- For the sides and top I got one bag of low loft batting. This just adds some extra cushion to your ottoman. (Again, I found mine at Walmart)
- If you have a staple gun bring it!
- I have some upholstery nails(see first picture) but I may not have enough for everyone. You can find some at... take a guess..... WALMART! haha or any fabric store.