Published at Friday, November 10th 2017. by Georgitte Cohen in Ottoman.
Ottoman Furniture Options. Ottomans are armless upholstered seats or benches. They are available with a solid base or with decorative legs. Ottomans are most often used as a footstool but they have other uses as well. Some ottomans are made hollow to provide room for storage a feature that is particularly useful in small homes and apartments where storage room are always welcome. Ottomans are available individually as a component of sectional seating or as part of an easy chair sofa or loveseat set.
The Right Size. To be functional an ottomans height should precisely match the height of the sofa or chair that you will occupy while using it. Ottomans should be chosen in consideration of those who will most use them. For some a light ottoman will provide all the support needed. For others a larger wider piece is a better choice.
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.
Ottomans of all types can be found online. There can be a great disparity in price for the same model made by the same manufacturer. Usually you can find great deals at online retailers like Amazon.com. One other thing you should look into when buying an ottoman is the reputation and track record of the manufacturer. I know some people who had difficulty in contacting and getting support when they had questions or problems with the purchase.
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 no longer just a piece of furniture for you to put your feet on. Innovative designs have given the ottoman a number of uses. Dont be afraid to think creatively. You dont have to keep ottomans only in your living area; they can be used in any room to create a multi function cozy sitting area.