Published at Tuesday, October 17th 2017. by Cherell Maury in Ottoman.
We normally think of an ottoman as a piece of furniture that we can put our feet on. An ottoman is excellent for this particular use but what a lot of people dont realize is that they can use an ottoman for so much more. In this article we will find out a little more about ottomans and what the different uses of this piece of furniture can be.
Ottomans can be any color brown is very popular in the United States and they can be covered in any material leather ottomans are the most popular types of ottomans in the world. Ottomans are so useful that some people actually build their furniture suites around them. Some ottomans have been in families for generations and instead of getting new ones the family hand me down is simply re-done so another generation can feel the pleasure of one of the worlds most popular and beloved 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.
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.
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 not all made alike! For many people the term ottoman conjures up images of a bland dark coloured piece of furniture with little practical use. However ottomans these days come in a variety of shapes colours and sizes and can be adapted for a variety of practical uses. Ottomans can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics and can be made to match your existing furniture or come included as part of a new furniture suite. There is no reason why you cannot find or create exactly the right ottoman for your needs theme and lifestyle.