Turn an Old Tire into a Rope Ottoman

Almost each year after we change winter tires to those summer ones we struggle with recycling them. Here in Poland it is almost impossible and as you probably know they are one of the most toxic human waste. After our daughter was born we also had to get rid off all furniture with sharp edges (for her soft, first steps in the future). Those two circumstances made me look for some creative recycled furniture and I managed to find this Ottoman. Because the source of this project is in Portuguese we decided to show you all steps and will make English translation. Mania tells me she wouldn't like this hard cord and would prefer doing it with other upcycled stuff like the cord made out of T-shirts. Anyway, using the same cord as you can see under, your ottoman (or coffee table) would look more natural and light. The biggest problem I can see for us and this pouf is Karol the cat. I am afraid he would see this as the best scratch ever...

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You will need a tire (used or new one), 6mm MDF cut into two circles of 55 cm diameter, six screws, a drill, a screwdriver, hot glue gun with at least 6 tubes of glue, 5kg long and 10mm thick natural sisal twisted cord, a cloth, scissors and concentrated brush sealer, I recommend the Sayerlack (900 ml).

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Before starting with the project, clean the tire with a dry cloth – if it is very dirty, rinse and allow it to dry completely. Place one MDF on it and drill three holes on the edge in three distant points, deep enough to penetrate the rubber.

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Depending on the chosen screws and a screwdriver, screw the MDF to your tire tightly enough so that it won’t come off. Do the same in the in each hole and repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other side of the tire.

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You should start glueing at the center of the circle in order to obtain a perfect finish. With the hot glue gun, apply the glue on the board and secure one end of sisal.

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Press the tip to adhere well and go round in a snail shape. Remember to put enough glue before each round, make it stick hard and tight.
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After you have finished covering MDF with a rope, do the same with the edge of your tire. Go round putting enough glue, making it really tight and firm. Make sure that the end of the sisal from the board meets the beginning of the one on the edge.

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Turn the tire upside down and continue covering it with a rope until you reach the edge of the board

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After covering all the rubber, cut the rope. Avoid the end tip of the rope to stick of from the tire, glu it correctly. It is not necessary to coat the MDF base, as it will be lying directly on the ground.

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Apply the sealer to the brush and cover all sisal surface with it. Wait one hour before you put another coat on it. This sealer is ready to touch after one day but the complete drying takes two weeks!.

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What do you think about this D.I.Y idea? Do you like it or maybe you have already fought with your cat about it? If it’s new for you Do try this at home!

25 thoughts on “Turn an Old Tire into a Rope Ottoman

  1. Victoria Nugent says:

    What a Wonderful idea, I am Going to try this project, and maybe put some wooden Legs on the bottom of the ottoman.

  2. Karina Haczek says:

    wheels would be great addition :) when you finish your ottoman do send us some pics :)

  3. Simon Raczka says:

    To może być lakier akrylowy wodorozcieńczalny (matowy lub półmatowy), stosowany n.p. do boazerii.

  4. Dianne Moore says:

    I have a question for you. If I wanted to just make a lid like that, but instead of screwing it down just lay it on top and use the inside as storage, would I be able to?

  5. Karina Haczek says:

    I would use at least one hinge to fasten the lid in place or add some extra layers under the lid to protect it from sliding down

  6. Laura says:

    Use a rope as thick as you can find. We used an 8 mm rope and for only one chair we used 120 meters of it

  7. ClaudiaAkhtar61 says:

    Tires are ready :) Mechanic said I was the first woman who ever asked for used tires and he will be happy to become my supplier if I start to produce furniture on large scale :)
    Before I order the rest of required supplies, I have a few questions:
    1. 5kg long and 10mm thick natural sisal twisted cord … How many meters is that? Approximately?? … ;)
    2. What is the thickest cord I can use?
    3. Is a concentrated brush sealer necessary? Can I just leave it natural without applying any chemicals?
    4. If the sealer is important, any alternatives for Sayerlack?? I cannot find it anywhere :(
    Thanks in advance for your reply! :)

  8. Karina Haczek says:

    hi there @Novinka :) 5 kg of sisal rope is approx. 60 meters. Unfortunatley, we have no info on the thickest cord that can be used here. When it comes to the sealer, we would use clear water-based mat acrylic lacquer. You could leave it natural but we think it’s better to protect the cord from somehow.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hello! I like your design very much. Looks good for my cats and neighbour’s. I have a few questions though…
    1. How do I get 6mm MDF cut into two circles of 55 cm diameter? do they sell it with that shape or do I need to buy the squared ones and saw it myself?
    2. I never use hot glue before. Do I need to wait the glue to dry before continuing or just do it all the way?
    2. Do i glue all the way on the ropes or partially? like for each gap of like 10cm?

    Sorry for the noobie questions and bad grammar. I’m a beginner at things like this :/

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hello! I like your design very much. Looks good for my cats and neighbour’s. I have a few questions though…
    1. How do I get 6mm MDF cut into two circles of 55 cm diameter? do they sell it with that shape or do I need to buy the squared ones and saw it myself?
    2. I never use hot glue before. Do I need to wait the glue to dry before continuing or just do it all the way?
    2. Do i glue all the way on the ropes or partially? like for each gap of like 10cm?

    Sorry for the noobie questions and bad grammar. I’m a beginner at things like this :/

  11. Anonymous says:

    Can these be used for outside? ?? For summer? The sealer you put on them would they handle rain? I have 5 tires and thought they would make good seats for around the camp fire….

  12. Gaba Banas says:

    It shouldn’t flatten because tires are rigid enough and the base of the seat is MDF. Cheers! :)

  13. Gaba Banas says:

    It’s hard to say… rope can absorb water but you can cover it with additional layer of waterproof sealer. Let us know how it went and what you used to protect ottoman from the rain. Cheers! :)

  14. Mary Musumeci says:

    This is a definite project for me to do. I’m sure u can use any size tire … Depending on ur personal taste

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