Published at Sunday, November 12th 2017. by Cherell Maury in Ottoman.
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.
Storage ottomans are just that: they are built for storage. The padded top is usually hinged and can open up to reveal an open space in heart of the ottoman in which people generally store blankets for use with the easy chair and ottoman. Many people use ottomans as tables and if they have a flat level surface so much the better. They can be used as coffee tables or benches.
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.
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.
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.
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.