Published at Thursday, November 02nd 2017. by Carol Carlier in Ottoman.
A Little More than a Storage Bench. While most of us find the additional storage of a modern ottoman to be ideal many of us are blown away when we discover that they can also be used as a table. Many of the modern ottoman styles are designed to be used as a table food tray foot rest and storage bench all wrapped into one attractive package. The modern ottoman storage bench can replace that coffee table and help you get control over typical living room clutter.
The Right Size. To be functional an ottomans height should precisely match the height of the sofa or chair that you will occupy while using it. Ottomans should be chosen in consideration of those who will most use them. For some a light ottoman will provide all the support needed. For others a larger wider piece is a better choice.
When looking for living room furniture ottomans many times come to mind as an after thought or almost an after-market purchase. An ottoman can come with an armchair or glider and is often designed as an accessory or part of a set together with the armchair.
Ottomans are no longer just a piece of furniture for you to put your feet on. Innovative designs have given the ottoman a number of uses. Dont be afraid to think creatively. You dont have to keep ottomans only in your living area; they can be used in any room to create a multi function cozy sitting area.
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.
The main purpose ottomans serve is for a place to put your feet up on when relaxing on a couch or sofa. They are alternatively used as a place to sit near a table if they have the proper weight rating and construction designed for this. Ottomans also are often used as a place for storage which makes them great for family rooms to store toys games movies DVDS etc. keeping your room tidy and organized. Some even have a removable top with a hard surface that can also serve as a surface to eat food on or play games. Simple ottomans are designed to be a decorative piece for any room and are generally used as a filler piece of furniture.