Published at Tuesday, November 07th 2017. by Genivee Hernandez in Ottoman.
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.
Let It Be Leather. Just as a coffee table is likely to serve as a footstool at some point the ottoman invariably serves as a makeshift coffee table too. As a resting place for legs and feet an ottoman needs to be easy to clean and durable. For its durability and functionality ottoman leather has almost become synonymous with ottoman furniture. Leather bears up well under heavy use and its patina only improves with age. Ottoman leather suits both contemporary and traditionally decorated rooms too adding texture rich color and style.
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.
Standard ottomans are basically footrests for an armchair or easy chair. That is all they are made to do. When some one says "Put your feet up and take a load off" they are really telling you to sit down in a comfortable chair relax and rest your feet on the ottoman that is in front of the chair.
Ottomans are an essential piece of furniture for any room in every home with their ability to play up your current home decor at a relatively inexpensive price. With their small foot print they are easy to move around if needed and will take up minimal space next to your other home furniture. They also play up couches and sofas quite nicely as an accent piece. Usually found in living rooms ottomans can usually be found in front of a sofa couch lounge chair or seating area. If they will be featured in a prominent room in your house such as the living room be certain they match the fabric/upholstery of your other furniture in order to blend in. Ottomans can also be used as a stand-out piece if your home has a contemporary design; for example if your room has a modern vibe with black sofas try inserting a red ottoman to really make an impression.
A Little More than a Storage Bench. While most of us find the additional storage of a modern ottoman to be ideal many of us are blown away when we discover that they can also be used as a table. Many of the modern ottoman styles are designed to be used as a table food tray foot rest and storage bench all wrapped into one attractive package. The modern ottoman storage bench can replace that coffee table and help you get control over typical living room clutter.