DIY Ottoman Storage

Unless you are one of the few who are lucky enough to have a huge home with an abundance of extra storage space, you are constantly looking for another way to store your stuff. One great way to store extra blankets, books, or toys is an ottoman that doubles as a storage unit. DIY ottomans are not too hard to make and they can be an attractive way to hide your unsightly things.

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Photo Credit: Mon Makes Things

This adorable ottoman works as a place to store books and knick-knacks, as well as a place for guests to sit on in your home. Surprisingly enough, this ottoman is made of 4 crates adhered together to create a nice storage space. For the entire step by step instructions go to monmakesthings.com.

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This adorably rustic crate ottoman is the perfect place to put your feet up when you get home from a long day. Made from an old milk crate, some foam and an old fabric, this ottoman is old and cute. Very Joanna Gaines-esque. For more information go to jenniferdecorates.com.

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This is our least expensive DIY ottoman idea. All you need is a plastic milk crate, rope and hot glue for the base. Then  you simply need a piece of plywood, foam, and fabric to finish it off. For instructions on how to make this inexpensive crate, go to hometalk.com.

More for Less: A Room Decorated Entirely From Ikea

Have you ever gone to Ikea expecting to buy a bed and leaving with a couch, kitchen utensils, a lamp and no bed? Yeah, me too. Ikea is designed so that you will be forced to see every single inch of the store regardless of whether you want to or not. So, why not make your next trip to Ikea worth it.

Below is how you design an entire master bedroom with just Ikea furniture.

Walls

First things first, for some reason Ikea does not sell wall colors, so this room is being designed as if the walls are the color below.

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Bed

The bed is the focal point of any master bed room. I chose to go with a classic white bed frame because I could then build the entire room around this blank slate. The queen size version of this bed is sold for $349.00.

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Bedding

I’m a sucker for a blue and tan color scheme. Maybe it’s because I grew up by the ocean or maybe it’s because I love how clean and crisp it looks, but either way it’s my favorite. That is why I opted for a plan tan bed spread with blue and accent pillows. This duvet cover cost $49.00 and the pillows ranged from $8.00 through $15.00

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Pillows from Ikea.com

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Rug

I think the prettiest master bedrooms have a nice wood flooring with a soft, plush carpet to step on to on a cold winters morning. For this room I found a rug that perfectly matches the color scheme of the bedroom. This rug is 8 feet by 10 feet and is priced at $249.00.

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Storage

Nice storage pieces are hard to come by, but luckily ikea has a large selection of wardrobes and dressers that won’t break the bank. For this room I chose the large “Hemnes” 8-drawer dresser. Priced at $249.00, the dresser is big enough to store all of the clothes your heart desires, and it looks nice too!

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Another great way to add a little storage is by adding a nightstand to both sides of the bed. Here is the nightstand that matches the above dresser, at just $99.00 a piece.

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Lighting

If there is one thing that I have learned is that lighting can change the entire energy of a room. For me, the lighter and brighter the room, the better (that’s why I chose white furniture.)

So, I believe that if we can add extra lighting fixtures to the room while enhancing the room design, then we are in a really good place! That’s why I suggest adding these lighting fixtures to your walls. These would look great hanging on each side of the bed above the matching nightstands.  The best parts? They are just $19 a piece.

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Final Little Touches

Now that the biggest parts of the room have been discussed, it’s time to talk about the little tiny things that can turn a bedroom into a master suite.

This mirror can be hung vertically or horizontally above the dresser to brighten up the room and function as a perfect spot to get ready in the morning. Priced at $44.

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Other wall decor includes an array of these matching frames that can be hung on the wall. They range from 4×6 to 8×10 and cost $3.99 to $6.99 respectively. Its a perfect way to hang wedding photos and family portraits without going overboard.

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Last but not least, I picked out a decorative piece that would tie together the circles from the throw pillow with the tan of the room. These little decorative balls are just $4.99 for a 4 pack and they add a little bit of character and cohesion to the room.

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And there you have it! A master bedroom completely designed from Ikea! And the best part? That entire room cost just $1,207, which is less than the average master bedroom set!