You Can Make This Awesome Storage Ottoman For Next To Nothing

It all begins with an old tire.

The storage ottoman is, perhaps, one of the greatest pieces of furniture you can put in a living room. Its perfect blend of form and function makes it a staple in so many homes -- especially those with more children's toys than space. But, like any substantial piece of furniture, storage ottomans can be pricey. So, the designers with "Home Made Simple" came up with an ultra-creative and eco-friendly DIY alternative that costs next to nothing. It all begins with an old tire.

"Any old gas station or repair shop that you go to, they're going to have these [tires] laying around and they're going to be more than happy to get rid of them," says carpenter David Leon.

Designer Kenneth Wingard leads the charge in the above video, where you can see it all come together. To see what else they come up with in this particular home, you can watch the full episode when it airs on the new season of "Home Made Simple" on Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. ET.

Tire Storage Coffee Table

Difficulty: Easy


Used truck tire

Round pre-cut MDF wood (24-in. diameter)

Large round pre-cut pine wood (24-in. diameter)

Small round pre-cut pine wood (20-in. diameter)

350 ft. of natural fiber SISAL rope

Hot glue gun & hot glue gun Sticks

Table legs (comes with plates to attach)

(16) 1 1/2-in. wood screws

(8) #8 2 1/2-in. machine screws

(8) #8 lock nuts


Primer paint spray

Power drill

Phillips head screwdriver

Tape measure

Wood glue


  1. Spray the inside of the tire with the primer paint spray to prevent heavy fumes and smells from the rubber.

  2. Place the MDF wood on top of the tire. Separate the table-leg plates evenly (use a tape measure to find the middle of the circle and place the plates to the edge). Attach the plates to the MDF wood (3 upper holes) using wood screws. Drill through the bottom holes to attach the MDF wood to the tire.

  3. After drilling the holes (8 total), screw in the machine screws and attach the lock nuts. When all the screws are tight, screw the 4 legs into their previously attached plates.

  4. Stand the tire on its legs. Apply the hot glue to the rope, attaching the rope to the tire, circling it around the tire from the inside out. TIP: Hot glue the tip of the rope so it does not fray, making it easier to go from rope to rope. Continue until the tire is completely covered in rope. When the rope ends, just glue the tip and restart where the previous one ended.

  5. To build the lid, place the 2 round pieces of pine wood on top of each other, centering them: Use a tape measure to leave 2-in. on each side, and mark it. Remove the smaller piece and apply wood glue to secure the 2 pieces together. Once the pieces are secure, use an electric screwdriver to screw in 4 wood screws (evenly separated) to permanently attach the pieces.

  6. Cover the whole piece in Polyurethane to give it more protection and durability. Let it dry for 24 hours in an open space before using it or placing it inside the house.

"Home Made Simple" airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. ET beginning Nov. 14.

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