How to Build a Storage Ottoman on Wheels

A storage ottoman can help you gain more space to store your stuff. But when you add wheels, you can move this storage anywhere you like. Building your own storage ottoman is easy when you know what steps to take.

Parts and Tools You Will Need

Here are the parts and tools you need: plywood, casters, screws/mails, screwdriver, power screwdriver, hammer, glue, and stain. You can add crown molding pieces for more flair.

Use Furniture You Already Own

You can build your own ottoman from plywood, but this is often a time consuming project many homeowners will not want to tackle. If this sounds like you, you might want to look at an ottoman you already own. Adding wheels to this piece of furniture saves you time and money, while extending the life of a piece of furniture you already own.

Building the Ottoman on Your Own

If you want to build your own ottoman, simply take the plywood and create a box or shelf. Measure out pieces of plywood for the front, sides, bottom, and back. Make sure opposing sides of wood are equal in size and shape. Nail or screw them together once you’ve added glue to the seams for extra support. Note that if you want to create an ottoman, it will be better to choose higher quality wood—oak, cherry, or mahogany are nice and look great with stain. Allow the ottoman to dry completely overnight before adding the wheels.

Step 1 – Placement of Wheels on Ottoman

Flip the ottoman over and onto a soft surface to prevent scratching. A blanket will work well. Take the casters and line them up with each of the corners of the ottoman. Measure the distance from the edges, keeping each caster lined up and in sync with the others. You will need a caster and wheel at each corner. Choose wheels which turn in all directions to improve mobility.

Step 2 – Install Wheels on the Ottoman

Once the casters are in place, screw or nail them into place. The corners of the casters can be pointing outward or inward, though outward is more secure. Make sure each of the rollers is attached in the same manner for maximum balance. The screws should be firmly in the wood, so using a power screwdriver can be helpful to ensure the casters are secure. The screws in the end should be flush with the surface of the wood.

Step 3 – Test Ottoman's Mobility

Flip the ottoman over and see if it rolls easily. If one of the wheels is not functioning well, try adding some oil or lubricant. Check the balance of the top of the ottoman as well to see that it’s level. If all is well, then the ottoman is ready for storage or for painting and staining as needed.

A storage ottoman can help to store books and blankets you don’t need right away. You might also add pillows to the top of a longer ottoman to help add movable seating to your home.