Published at Sunday, November 12th 2017. by Carol Carlier in Ottoman.
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.
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.
Many people who buy ottomans today look for ones with storage as well as trays. Storage functionality is an asset in compact living spaces. You can store anything from blankets magazines plates or any other items that you do not need lying around all the time. When I was living in a dorm I had an ottoman with 2 units. I used one storage cube to put my blanket and the other for books. It was very convenient. The use of the upside down cushion as a tray is invaluable. You can place your drinks food and coffee cups without having to use another tray. This comes very handy when watching football or basket ball games.
Most ottomans manufactured today are constructed with solid hardwood frames and leather or synthetic (leather-like) covers. Synthetic materials include vinyl faux-leather bi-cast leather or microfiber fabric. Ottomans with real leather are not that common and are expensive.
You can also purchase an ottoman from a variety of high street and big chain home retail stores where you can take advantage of seasonal sales or deliver your more specific requirements to the in-house sales or retail team. They may well be able to tailor make the very best ottoman for your needs and in line with your budget. If you are after a particularly high quality luxurious ottoman that is fashioned from fine quality materials; you are better off choosing and ordering your ottoman direct from the manufacturer where you can take advantage of their bespoke service material sourcing and manufacturing expertise.
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.