How to DIY Shelly’s Salvaged Spool Ottoman

Salvaged spool ottoman

This plaid ottoman looks so adorable for home that you cannot believe it was made of recycled wire spool. It is so well repurposed that it’s like being found out from an antique. I cannot wait to make one this weekend for my living room with my favorite color with velvet fabric. You can go to design sponge for more information.


  • 1 20” diameter empty electrical wire spool (hardware stores usually throw these out, so ask about picking them up instead)
  • 8 pre-cut 1”x 2”x 6” pieces of wood (a hardware store will cut these for you)
  • Wood glue
  • 32 1 ¾” screws
  • A piece of foam (anywhere from 3” to 6” thick and at least ½” larger all around than the wood)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scrap fabric ( this to attach around the ottoman frame measuring about 8” x 65”. An option would be to use a bendable piece of cardboard)
  • 1 ½ yard of cotton or dacron batting
  • 1 ½ yard of 54” wide fabric
  • ¾” yard of scrap fabric to cover the bottom of the finished ottoman
  • Thread and straight pins
  • Staples
  • 4 screw on leg plates (hardware store)
  • 4 fabulous ottoman legs (look around for good legs on cruddy, inexpensive Goodwill furniture)