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leather diy stoolLeather furniture can turn any space in to something special. With this do-it-yourself leather fabric stool, you can create a unique piece of furniture that is very versatile for small spaces or just something to provide extra seating.

To make a stool of your own, you will need:
• #6 carpet or upholstery tacks
• Strap material, leather or upholstery webbing
• 2×2 oak (for the legs)
• 1×2 oak (for the stringers)
• Pocket screws
• Danish oil
• Pocket-screw guide
• Drill
• Saw
• Square
• Sandpaper
• Rags (to apply the finish)
• Tack hammer

diy leather stoolFirst, measure your leg height. Mark the boards with a square. It is essential to have exact, perfect square cuts. Otherwise you will have a wobbly, rocking stool on your hands.

Next, cut your stringer boards. If you want a rectangular stool, some ideal measurements would be 18 inches in length with four boards that are 12 inches. But the great thing about making your own furniture is that you can make it any size you want.

The next step is to drill all the pocket-screw guide holes. Clamp the guide to the board and drill all your holes.

Once the boards are cut and drilled, sand each one until it has a smooth finish. You will have an easier time sanding it now rather than when it is put together. Making sure to sand well; no one wants to get a sliver later!

To help with the assembly of the stool, cut 3/8 inch pieces of scrap board to position the stringers in the center of the leg pieces. Assemble the two complete ends. Attach them with the remaining stringer boards.

This completes the assembly of the frame. Now it is time to apply the finish. Danish oil is an easier finish to apply and the end result is very pretty. Just make sure to follow the additional instructions on the can. Also, make sure everything is completely dry before you put on the straps.

Using seat-belt webbing or upholstery straps, cut straps that will be long enough to completely wrap around your boards. The straps can be as wide as you choose depending on what look you want. Straps cut to 1 ½ inches work fairly well but it’s your choice. The thinner your straps, the closer they can be woven.

how to leather stoolAttach the longer straps first using the tack hammer. With the shorter pieces, weave them through and attach with the tack hammer.

You now have the option of leaving the leather color alone or adding a stain, finish, or wax to give it an entirely different look.

And now your faux leather fabric stool is finished! The great thing about this project is that there are so many different options to create a one of a kind look. You can switch up the type of wood you use or you can use different material to weave in to the seat. The options are endless but the end product is the same: you have an amazing new piece of furniture that you can proudly say you made yourself.

There are many names for these small furniture pieces: foot stools, ottomans, that-thing-over-there. And for their size, their price tag can leave you with raised eyebrows, which is why it is practical and money-saving to make one of your own through this tutorial.

The best part of making your own furniture from artificial leather fabric is that you can make it exactly how you want it. In this case, that means your ottoman can be whatever size you require. Just make sure that the measurements of the top and the bottom pieces of your ottoman are half of an inch larger than the measurements of the four sides. Another hint before you get started: use a drill bit that is the same diameter as the screw shank. This will help prevent the wood from splitting when you drill the pilot holes.


First things first, you will need the following items:
• 4 plywood squares, 23×23 inches, ½ inch thick (or measurements of your choosing)
• 2 plywood squares, 23 ½ x23 ½ inches, ½ inch thick (or measurements of your choosing)
• Power drill
• Drill bit set
• Phillips cross head bit
• 1 ½ inch wood screws
Pleather fabric
• Pencil
• Utility scissors or utility knife
• Framing square
• Measuring tape
• Yardstick
• Aerosol adhesive
• Quilt batting
• Scissors
• Carpet tacks
• Tack hammer
• Decorative upholstery tacks
• 4 locking furniture casters

Lay one 23×23 inch square plywood down. Stand another square of the same size on the edge making sure it fits snugly against one edge of the bottom piece.

Drill the pilot holes about 3 inches apart through the side of the upright sheet of plywood and in to the edge of the bottom piece. Using the Phillips head screwdriver bit, insert the wood screws in each pilot hole.

You now have an ‘L’ made out of plywood. Turn the entire piece to stand with the 23×23 facing you and the fastened corner upright and on the left. The second 23×23 piece should be away from you and on the left side of the frame.

Place another 23×23 piece along the right edge. This will make the next corner. Drill the pilot holes in to the piece that faces you and insert the screws.

Rotate the frame so the open side of the frame is on the right.

Drill and insert the screws on the last 23×23 piece. Rotate the frame and fasten the corner.

Take a 23 ½ x 23 ½ piece and place on top of the box. Drill pilot holes in the top piece and through to the frame. Insert the screws to fasten the top. Flip it over and fasten the second 23 ½ x 23 ½ piece to form the bottom.

Lay your fabric out and set the cube on top. Draw the outline of the cube with pencil then trace an outline that is 4 inches wider along that. Cut out the leather using the second outline.
Lay out the remaining fabric. Line the cube on top with it as close to the left edge as possible. Trace the left edge.

Roll the cube four times toward the right. Trace the right edge. Draw a straight line 4 inches to the right of thet raced line. Cut the leather along the left line and the wider right outline.

Put a framing square on the leather with 1 leg lined up on the left edge and the perpendicular leg on the bottom edge of the leather pointing right. Trace the bottom edge.

Line the yardstick with the traced line. Extend the line to the right cut edge. Cut the leather.

Measure the left side of the leather to 28 inches; mark it. Line the square on the left edge with its perpendicular leg extending across the leather at the pencil mark. Trace the edge, extend the line. Cut the leather.

Spray adhesive on the top of the cube. Place the sheet of quilt batting on the adhesive. Trim the excess.

Spray adhesive on the sides of the cube. Wrap with batting; trim the excess.

Center the leather square on top, right side facing up. Press the edge over the side. Hammer carpet tacks through the leather on the bottom edge about 3 inches apart. Rotate the cub 180 degrees and repeat the process. Rotate and repeat on the two other sides but make sure to keep the corners unfastened.

Press the leather on one corner over toward the left to make a smooth fold around the corner. Fasten the bottom edge of the fold to the cube using carpet tacks. Do this to all the corners.

Fold the rectangle leather piece over 2 inches with the right side facing out. The fold will be turned away toward the cube. Align the folded edge with the upper edge. Hammer decorative tacks ½ inch below the upper edge of the fold. Space 1 inch apart. Repeat along the bottom edges.  Repeat on the rest of the sides.

Fold the free edge of the leather under and tack it down on the corner. Add decorative tacks on both sides of each corner.

Turn the cube upside down. Align one locking furniture caster near each corner. Insert screws through the caster plates and into the bottom of the cube.

You have just completed making your very own ottoman!