Published at Wednesday, November 01st 2017. by Carol Carlier in Ottoman.
Quite interestingly the term is derived from the French word ottomane which is the feminine version of ottoman. The word could have also been derived from the Italian Ottomano Medieval Latin Ottomanus Medieval Greek Othomanoia from Arabic Utmani. Ottoman was also the name of an empire of the late 16th century.
Ottomans are an essential piece of furniture for any room in every home with their ability to play up your current home decor at a relatively inexpensive price. With their small foot print they are easy to move around if needed and will take up minimal space next to your other home furniture. They also play up couches and sofas quite nicely as an accent piece. Usually found in living rooms ottomans can usually be found in front of a sofa couch lounge chair or seating area. If they will be featured in a prominent room in your house such as the living room be certain they match the fabric/upholstery of your other furniture in order to blend in. Ottomans can also be used as a stand-out piece if your home has a contemporary design; for example if your room has a modern vibe with black sofas try inserting a red ottoman to really make an impression.
Let It Be Leather. Just as a coffee table is likely to serve as a footstool at some point the ottoman invariably serves as a makeshift coffee table too. As a resting place for legs and feet an ottoman needs to be easy to clean and durable. For its durability and functionality ottoman leather has almost become synonymous with ottoman furniture. Leather bears up well under heavy use and its patina only improves with age. Ottoman leather suits both contemporary and traditionally decorated rooms too adding texture rich color and style.
An ottoman is a wooden box that has cushioning on top. This box can be used for storage. Instead of leaving books CDs and games piled up around the living area you can neatly put them away inside your ottoman. A lot of ottomans now come with easy lift lids and with built-in organization centers that makes storing things in the base of the ottoman easy and convenient. Ottomans are a great way to get that extra storage space and you can put away the things that you are not using in your living area. Ottomans can also be used for extra seating. An ottoman does not have a back or arms but they are still very comfortable to sit on.
These are the reasons behind the increasing popularity of compact furniture like ottomans. Not only they are compact but they are also multifunctional. When you buy an ottoman it can be used as a storage place a foot stool a seat a coffee table as well as a tray. In the absence of arm rests or backs like in sofas they are relatively lightweight and therefore easy to move. Ottomans are perfect for dorm rooms small apartments condominiums and small homes.
Ottomans manufactured today are square rectangular or round. Square and rectangular configurations are the most popular. Straight edged ottomans come in four basic configurations. The smallest one has a square shape and it is commonly called Cube Ottoman. The next one consists of two cube ottomans joined together. The third one has three cube ottomans joined together. It is commonly called a Bench Ottoman. The largest one is square-shaped and it consists of four cube ottomans. In the vast majority of ottomans each cube has a separate cushion and a separate storage area. In the models with trays each cushion can be turned over to use as individual trays.