Published at Tuesday, October 17th 2017. by Cherell Maury in Ottoman.
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.
If you are unsure where to buy an ottoman there are a number of places you can look depending on your budget and requirements. Ottomans are available online at discount rates from a variety of retailers. If you are on a strict budget or not looking for a particularly bespoke ottoman you are best off searching online home stores or ecommerce sites like eBay and Amazon. You are bound to grab a bargain just be sure to check that it is being sold by a reputable supplier and made from good quality materials that wont fall apart!
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.
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.
Ottoman furniture is gaining popularity as living spaces are becoming more and more expensive. The trend today is gearing towards compact living. More and more people are leaving their rural and suburban dwellings and gradually concentrating in cities and industrial towns. This trend is growing because of employment opportunities better schooling for children and to reduce transportation expenses. In cities you can get public transport instead of driving your own vehicle saving on fuel cost that is quite expensive these days.
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.