Published at Friday, November 10th 2017. by Carol Carlier in Ottoman.
Ottomans are not all made alike! For many people the term ottoman conjures up images of a bland dark coloured piece of furniture with little practical use. However ottomans these days come in a variety of shapes colours and sizes and can be adapted for a variety of practical uses. Ottomans can be upholstered in a variety of fabrics and can be made to match your existing furniture or come included as part of a new furniture suite. There is no reason why you cannot find or create exactly the right ottoman for your needs theme and lifestyle.
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.
You can also purchase an ottoman from a variety of high street and big chain home retail stores where you can take advantage of seasonal sales or deliver your more specific requirements to the in-house sales or retail team. They may well be able to tailor make the very best ottoman for your needs and in line with your budget. If you are after a particularly high quality luxurious ottoman that is fashioned from fine quality materials; you are better off choosing and ordering your ottoman direct from the manufacturer where you can take advantage of their bespoke service material sourcing and manufacturing expertise.
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.
There are many types of ottomans that might suit ones home and purpose and give the room the charm one is looking for. They are available in all sizes - starting from standard size to small and even to oversize. Many beautiful ottomans are covered with leather. They are mostly used as storage benches and footrests are constructed with a sturdy hardwood frame. They are mostly wrapped with luxurious leather or beautiful designer fabrics. Ottomans are used as footstools extra seating a coffee table or as bedroom furniture. Some of the popular ottomans are leather cube ottomans storage cocktail ottomans upholstered ottomans and round ottomans.
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.