Published at Tuesday, November 07th 2017. by Celestiel Delattre in Ottoman.
There are several types of ottomans: standard storage ottoman tables coffee table ottoman and bench. The ottomans were the favorite piece of furniture named after the Ottoman Empire which lasted from 1299 until 1922. The Ottoman Empire spanned three continents Western Asia Eastern and Southeastern Europe and North Africa. World War One ended Ottoman rule in these parts of the world but not the spread of its cherished footstool. Even after the empire lost its power the name stuck to this very versatile and useful footrest and its popularity spread like wild fire especially in America. In one sense the ottomans have reconquered a large share of the world and arguably more people know the name now than they did when the real Ottomans were in control.
Ottomans manufactured today are square rectangular or round. Square and rectangular configurations are the most popular. Straight edged ottomans come in four basic configurations. The smallest one has a square shape and it is commonly called Cube Ottoman. The next one consists of two cube ottomans joined together. The third one has three cube ottomans joined together. It is commonly called a Bench Ottoman. The largest one is square-shaped and it consists of four cube ottomans. In the vast majority of ottomans each cube has a separate cushion and a separate storage area. In the models with trays each cushion can be turned over to use as individual trays.
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.
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.
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.
The Right Choice in a Sea of Options Choosing a fabric that matches and the ottoman that fulfills every need is easy when there are so many options available. If you own black leather furniture you should try to find a black leather storage ottoman. When searching for a storage ottoman that will brighten up a room choose a color that will compliment your existing furniture. The shape you select can play a major role in your decor theme so consider all of them.