Published at Sunday, November 12th 2017. by Georgitte Cohen in Ottoman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are unsure where to buy an ottoman there are a number of places you can look depending on your budget and requirements. Ottomans are available online at discount rates from a variety of retailers. If you are on a strict budget or not looking for a particularly bespoke ottoman you are best off searching online home stores or ecommerce sites like eBay and Amazon. You are bound to grab a bargain just be sure to check that it is being sold by a reputable supplier and made from good quality materials that wont fall apart!
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.