This DIY Mushroom Ottoman Isn't Just Cute, It's Functional Too

The past few years have seen a resurgence of a decorating aesthetic called cottagecore. It's a maximalist style that often includes the use of intentionally clashing yet pleasing patterns and overstuffed, upholstered furniture. It's meant to evoke a lifestyle reminiscent of a cottage in a rural area and is a deliberate step away from hyper-connected modernity. It only makes sense that a cottage near the woods might have mushroom-shaped furniture. We've spotted a large number of mushroom ottomans for sale but especially love the functional kind that doubles as a storage container.

If you're interested in the idea of remaking your home into a cozy, ivy-covered retreat with little witch stairs (perfect for a small space), then fully committing to cottagecore could be a great design choice. Less square footage usually means that you're constantly seeking out space-saving ideas. And while we've seen mushroom ottomans available for about $50 to several hundred dollars, with some crafty thrifting, you can create your own less expensive version and be able to store a blanket or a few books inside to save space.

How to make a DIY mushroom ottoman

If you don't already have one, purchase a round storage ottoman from a thrift store or discount retailer. You'll also need a wood round that's wider than your ottoman, Dacron, a glue gun, a staple gun, foam, a permanent marker, and scissors (or a utility knife) to cut the foam. Also get a textured lightweight throw in a color you like, and keep in mind that your ottoman doesn't have to match the couch.

To make the mushroom cap, use the permanent marker to trace the wood round on the foam twice, then cut out your two foam circles. Glue them together on top of each other and attach them to the wood round. Trim away the excess foam on the sides to create the shape of a mushroom cap, keeping a small circle untouched in the top middle of the piece. Cover it with Dacron and staple it to the underside, then do the same with a piece of your fabric and trim off the excess. Remove the bottom of your storage ottoman's lid and attach it to the bottom of your mushroom's lid with nails, to give it a snug fit. For the bottom of the mushroom, pull a piece of fabric all around the base of the ottoman, tucking it just inside the top rim of the container. Use the staple gun to secure the fabric inside the top rim, and snip away any excess material.