Published at Thursday, November 09th 2017. by Genivee Hernandez in Ottoman.
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.
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.
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.
Ottoman Furniture Options. Ottomans are armless upholstered seats or benches. They are available with a solid base or with decorative legs. Ottomans are most often used as a footstool but they have other uses as well. Some ottomans are made hollow to provide room for storage a feature that is particularly useful in small homes and apartments where storage room are always welcome. Ottomans are available individually as a component of sectional seating or as part of an easy chair sofa or loveseat set.