Published at Tuesday, October 17th 2017. by Genivee Hernandez 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.
Whether you have recently moved home or are just redecorating your old digs buying luxury furniture is a great way to add some instant glamour and sophistication to your interior design theme and elevate your living space. While sofas chairs and side tables are obvious choices for your living room upgrade an ottoman is a lesser known and more unusual way to spruce up a room. However an ottoman is great way to include an additional element of comfort and convenience.
To give a more comprehensive definition of ottoman it can be said that an ottoman is a heavy ribbed fabric of a mixture of silk and wool or cotton. They are also known as the ottoman silk. According to many scholars an ottoman was the first cushioned seat without back or arms or a storage-box with a padded top.
Because their main purpose is to put your feet up on them it is always advised to pick one that is upholstered in a dark leather vinyl or a fabric that can be easily cleaned. Light colors will pick up dirt as well as show signs of wear and tear over time so be sure to choose your ottoman accordingly. They will almost always have a sturdy hardwood frame especially if their purpose is to be used as a storage bench or footrest to ensure extra stability. Along with color it is also important to choose between the varied shapes that are offered including round and cubed varieties. Size is another key component to keep in mind depending on where you will be placing your ottoman will determine the size needed whether it is small medium or large.
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.
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.