Poufs are a fun and functional way to add seating, color, and style to your outdoor space. They can be made from anything that’s sturdy enough to hold up the weight of a cushion–even an old door. Here’s how to make one.

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Outdoor ottomans and poufs are a great way to add comfort and style to your patio or deck. They’re also relatively easy to make yourself. In this guide, we’ll show you how to build an outdoor pouf frame that you can use as the foundation for your own unique ottoman or pouf.

First, you’ll need to gather some supplies. For this project, you’ll need:

-1/2-inch plywood (we used pressure-treated)

-1×2 lumber (we used pressure-treated)

-Circular saw



-1 1/4-inch hole saw


-Staple gun

-Outdoor fabric of your choice (we used Sunbrella)

-Foam cushions (we used two 18x18x6 inch cushions)

Once you have your supplies, you’re ready to get started.

What You’ll Need

If you’re looking for a fun summer project, why not make your own outdoor pouf? Not only are they a great way to add extra seating to your patio or deck, but they’re also relatively easy and inexpensive to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1/2 yard of outdoor fabric (enough to cover the pouf and have some extra)

-1/2 yard of polyester stuffing

-1/2 inch wide elastic

-wooden dowel or PVC pipe (for the frame)

-outdoor thread


-ruler or measuring tape

Making the Frame

To make an outdoor pouf, you will need a few supplies. For the frame, you will need: | 1″ x 4″ x 8′ pine boards (4) | 1-1/4″ outdoor screws (16) | Drill | Jigsaw | Square | Level | Measuring tape

Cutting the Boards: With a miter saw or circular saw, cut the boards down to size. You will need four pieces that are 24″ long and four pieces that are 18″ long.

Assembling the Frame: Screw the boards together using 2 screws at each joint. Pre-drill the holes to avoid splitting the wood. Be sure to use a square to keep the joints flush and level as you go.

Adding the Fabric

Cut your pipe in 4 equal sections using a pipe cutter. If you don’t have a pipe cutter, you can mark your lines with a pencil and use a saw. Next, sand the edges of your cuts until they are smooth.

Now it’s time to add the fabric. Cut your fabric into 4 equal sections, making sure that each section is large enough to wrap around one of your pipe sections with about 2 inches to spare. Place your fabric on the ground, wrong side up, and lay a pipe section in the middle. Fold one side of the fabric over the pipe, making sure that the raw edges are lined up, and staple in place about 2 inches from the edge of the fabric. Repeat this step with the remaining 3 sides of fabric and pipe until all 4 sides are covered.

Now you’re ready to start adding stuffing to your ottoman! You can use traditional stuffing such as polyester fiber fill or recycled materials such as old pillows or stuffed animals. Once you’ve added enough stuffing to make your ottoman firm but comfortable, it’s time to close up the opening at the top.

Fold down the top edge of fabric so that it is even with the top of the pipe. Staple in place, making sure that all 4 corners are secure. Trim off any excess fabric and you’re done!

Filling the Pouf

Once you have the basic frame of your pouf filled, it’s time to start filling it with the stuffing of your choice. You can use anything from old clothes and towels to beanbag filler or styrofoam pellets. If you’re using old clothes or towels, make sure to stuff them tightly into the pouf so that they don’t shift around too much. You can also add a bit of batting or quilt stuffing for extra padding if you like. Once you have the pouf filled to your satisfaction, simply sew the opening shut and enjoy your new ottoman!

Finishing the Pouf

To finish the pouf, you will need to add batting and a fabric cover. For the batting, you can use polyester fiberfill, cotton batting, or even old blankets or pillows. If you are using old blankets or pillows, make sure to wash them first to get rid of any dust or dirt. Once you have your batting, cut it into squares that are slightly larger than your pouf frame.

Enjoying Your New Pouf!

We all know those big, round ottomans that are so popular these days. They come in all sorts of colors and patterns, and they’re great for putting your feet up or using as an extra seat. But have you ever seen an outdoor pouf? These stylish little ottomans are perfect for your patio or deck, and they’re easy to make yourself!

First, you’ll need to find a large plastic or metal bowl. Make sure it’s at least 18 inches in diameter so you’ll have plenty of room to work. Next, cut a piece of wood that’s about 24 inches long and 4 inches wide. This will be the frame for your pouf.

Now it’s time to start wrapping the fabric around the frame. Start at one end of the frame and wrap the fabric around tightly, stapling it in place as you go. Work your way around the entire frame until it’s completely covered.

Once the fabric is wrapped tightly around the frame, it’s time to stuff your pouf. You can use old clothes, towels, blankets, or even pillow stuffing. Just stuff the pouf until it’s nice and firm, then staple the opening shut.

Now all you have to do is find the perfect spot for your new pouf and enjoy!

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