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Old 11-09-2014, 06:38 PM
 
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Hello Creative People-

I have a wooden pallet box (rectangular) that I would like to remodel and turn into an ottoman somehow.

This pallet box (photos included) is in very good condition and was recently delivered to my home with some heavy equipment shipment. It is such a nice box that I would feel terrible throwing it away.

Ideally I would like to turn it into a storage ottoman that I could utilize in my living room. It would be really great if I could turn it into a leather ottoman somehow.

Could you all please help me and give some ideas regarding how I could go about and remodel this box into a leather ottoman?

Dimensions:
28' height x 22' wide x 15' (sides)
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Do you want the top to come off, for storage? Get some batting, and wrap the box and top separately...I'm guessing you'll want to "soften" the hard corners and edges. Get leather or material (measure first!!) and "upholster" the top, cover with batting and foam for a soft top....center the top on the material, wrap it snuggly and staple underneath! On the base, I'd just wrap the material around the 4 sides...I wouldn't totally wrap the bottom....staple the bottom and inside edges. You can use decorative tacks if you want to embellish the edges.

Upholstering isn't hard!
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I would suggest posting the the House/decorating forum
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:53 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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This sounds like a letter from Ted L. Nancy. Well played.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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Moved from the Northern Virginia forum.
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Ted,
There are boxes, and there are pallets. But there are no "pallet boxes". What you have is a "crate".

Here's my suggestion:
Go to Wally World and buy this-
Walmart: Rectangular Storage Ottoman, Multiple Colors

Then use the "crate" to start a fire!

Or, you could spend $200 on materials, do it yourself- add 20hrs of your personal time to the tab- determine it look better as bare wood, then start a really big fire.

Sincerely,
KB

p.s. I'll bring marshmallows when your done. Maybe even some PBR for drowning your sorrows!
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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It would be easy enough to cover with some batting and some fabric over that using a staple gun. But if you wanted to make it a storage ottoman with the lid lifting off, it's the the wrong shape/size for that. An ottoman would normally be about 15-17 inches high, not the 28 inch height yours would be standing upright to take off the lid. You could turn yours sideways, but then you'd have to nail the cover on and you'd lose the storage capacity.

Plus trying to upholster it yourself with leather is not likely to work well and you'd end up putting a fair amount of time and money into something you most likely wouldn't be happy with.

Not worth it IMO. Maybe you can use as is for some storage in a basement or garage?
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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How ambitious are you and how do you rank your skills? You could do something like this...


Coffee Tables – Croft House Furniture Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tufting isn't really that hard but it's not easy if you're not very handy. The question is would it be worth it? You can find coffee table ottomans at a reasonable price but if you're committed to trying it out, it's workable.

Some advice if you go this way.

Mark your pattern of where you want to have your tufts
Use a drill bit to make those holes.
Attach the foam with some spray on adhesive.
'Carve' out the areas where you will tuft. This gives a much deeper and more luxurious tuft.
Add some batting after this.
Make sure you have a tufting needle.
Use doubled up thread that is appropriate for tufting. Consult your fabric shop for the right thread.
Make your buttons - this is actually pretty easy. Again your fabric shop will have these.
Lay out fabric, starting your tufting in the middle. Be careful as you make your way across that you are keeping the fabric taut.
Avoid patterned material if you're new to this.

All of that said, I wouldn't do it. Just throw the box away.
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