The supplies vary on what type of footstool you will build, the desired height, width and of course, fabric. I located several tutorials on how to build an ottoman, so peep these links for help:
Instead of using the green (and expensive!) foam at the fabric stores, I chose NuFoam densified batting that was 4 inches thick. I probably could’ve used something with less thickness, but wanted to ensure enough cushioning. This wasn’t cheap either but I did catch it on sale:
I scored some upholstery fabric in a clearance bin priced at about $7, for a little over a yard. This was perfect, as I had enough for the ottoman and to make a matching footrest for my desk. It’s a velvety, rich gray fabric that feels great on bare feet. I considered a cream or ecru fabric, but any dirt shows up less on gray. 🙂
For the wooden legs on the ottoman, I used Minwax PolyShades in Classic Black, Glossy. I found this to be a great product although to get solid coverage, I had to paint 3-4 coats. Still, it was a time-saver since there’s no need to also paint sealer on the wood, as it’s included in the stain. I was a bit lazy and didn’t sand in between coats either. I figured who cares since legs would hardly be noticeable. They’re not as smooth as they could be, but I’m very pleased.
I chose a traditional style for the legs, since I prefer a combination of decor styles in my home. Its circular shape lends to the mid-century vibe I have going in my decor. I love how this reminds me of an alien spaceship. But most of all, I love that no one else has an ottoman like mine!