Published at Tuesday, October 17th 2017. by Celestiel Delattre in Ottoman.
An ottoman traditionally is a wooden box with cushioning on top. These boxes are used to rest your feet when you are relaxing. Ottomans were very popular in the Ottoman Empire and this is where it gets its name from. Normally ottomans are sold as part of a set and are paired with an armchair or glider. They are designed to match the chair or glider that they are paired with. In most homes they can be found in the living room and are used solely to put up ones feet. Designers are now coming up with innovative ways to use this piece of furniture and there are number of different uses that ottomans can be used for.
When the whole family is gathered in the living room or when you have guests over you can use an ottoman for extra seating. You dont need to pair an ottoman with a particular chair. You can place a couple of ottomans in your living room and they can be used either for seating or can be moved around to use as footrests. If you are sitting on the floor in your living room finishing your paperwork or working on your laptop then an ottoman can even double as a work surface. You can use an ottoman as a table and balance your plate on it as well. To avoid spillage a lot of ottomans are now designed with a reversible cover. The cushion on top of the ottoman can be reversed and the underside is fitted with a tray so that you can use the ottoman as a table or a work surface.
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.
Anyone who has ever said "All I want to do is get home and put my feet up" knows how valuable ottoman furniture can be. Whether to stretch out at the end of the day to read a good book or watch a movie or whether to elevate your feet to protect your health an ottoman offers comfort and ease. Both functional and decorative factors should be considered before purchasing ottoman furniture to ensure that you choose the right ottoman for your home.
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.
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.