Published at Wednesday, November 01st 2017. by Georgitte Cohen in Ottoman.
Storage ottomans are just that: they are built for storage. The padded top is usually hinged and can open up to reveal an open space in heart of the ottoman in which people generally store blankets for use with the easy chair and ottoman. Many people use ottomans as tables and if they have a flat level surface so much the better. They can be used as coffee tables or benches.
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.
There are several types of ottomans: standard storage ottoman tables coffee table ottoman and bench. The ottomans were the favorite piece of furniture named after the Ottoman Empire which lasted from 1299 until 1922. The Ottoman Empire spanned three continents Western Asia Eastern and Southeastern Europe and North Africa. World War One ended Ottoman rule in these parts of the world but not the spread of its cherished footstool. Even after the empire lost its power the name stuck to this very versatile and useful footrest and its popularity spread like wild fire especially in America. In one sense the ottomans have reconquered a large share of the world and arguably more people know the name now than they did when the real Ottomans were in control.
Ottoman furniture is gaining popularity as living spaces are becoming more and more expensive. The trend today is gearing towards compact living. More and more people are leaving their rural and suburban dwellings and gradually concentrating in cities and industrial towns. This trend is growing because of employment opportunities better schooling for children and to reduce transportation expenses. In cities you can get public transport instead of driving your own vehicle saving on fuel cost that is quite expensive these days.
The Right Style. A broad selection of ottomans ensures that there is a piece to suit any taste and any decor. For warm and cozy rooms consider ottomans with bases constructed in rich colors and textured fabrics. Ottomans with legs are a good choice for more formal decorating styles as well as when a lighter look is needed. Often ottomans are chosen to match existing seating but you may want to consider purchasing a distinctive ottoman instead. Ottomans can be used to add decorative interest to a room though a pop of color contrasting texture or a unique shape. While ottomans are primarily intended as a piece of furniture that allows us a chance to relax at the end of a busy or stressful day theres no reason why they cant be stylish too.
Ottomans of all types can be found online. There can be a great disparity in price for the same model made by the same manufacturer. Usually you can find great deals at online retailers like Amazon.com. One other thing you should look into when buying an ottoman is the reputation and track record of the manufacturer. I know some people who had difficulty in contacting and getting support when they had questions or problems with the purchase.